April 23, 2007

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One of the most wonderful scents there could ever be is the one that fills your house when there’s a loaf of bread in the oven. When you combine that smell with the taste of warm bread, adorned simply with a pat of butter, it’s heavenly. Unfortunately, I have not mastered the art of bread making, (and I’m not sure that I ever will) but I keep trying and I’m thrilled with each success that comes out of my kitchen. When Andrew of Spittoon Extra announced that bread was this month’s theme for Waiter There’s Something In My I knew that I would be participating, but I wasn’t sure with what. Then I saw a post by Bea at La Tartine Gourmande for ‘Simple Brioche and my mind was made up. For some reason I had always believed that brioche was difficult to make, I classified it as some sort of croissant variation. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Whereas my croissant making venture took 3 days and a ridiculously long recipe, brioche making required little work and was done in no time, (comparatively). And the smell, the smell! I was rewarded with the mouthwatering scent of flour and yeast as my brioche puffed up and baked. It only got better from there as I removed a loaf from the oven with a shiny, golden crust which gave way to a sweet and tender crumb. It was as good as any I’ve had from a bakery. Now if only I had seen Peabody’s brioche earlier, I might have added something else to my brioche like chocolate chips. Ah well, there’s always next time, and there will definitely be a next time.


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The Simplest Brioche (From Bea of La Tartine Gourmande)


You need:

  • 8 3/4 oz (1 2/3 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 2 3/4 oz butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 dose dry baker’s yeast (1 Tbsp)
  • 2 Tbsp fine sugar
  • 1/3 cup warm milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg yolk for glaze


Steps:

  • In a bowl, mix the flour with the yeast, make a hole in the middle.
  • Add the warm milk mixing with the tip of your fingers (if using a stand mixer, pour the milk slowly and steadily while mixing, with the hook attachment.)
  • Add the sugar and a pinch of salt, then add the soft butter, piece after piece, waiting each time that each piece is asborbed.
  • Then one by one, add the eggs, mixing well between each. Work the dough until it is elastic and detaches from your fingers more easily (or from the bowl of the stand mixer).
  • Cover and let rest in a warm place, away from drafts, for two hours, until it doubles in size.
  • Work the dough again for 10 min and divide it in four balls. Place them in a greased rectangular mold and cover. Let rise for an hour again.
  • Preheat the oven at 400 F.
  • Brush the brioche with the egg yolk mixed with a dash of sugar. With a pair of scissors, make small cuts at the top of each ball.
  • Place in the oven to bake for 10 min at 400 C, then reduce the heat to 350 F and bake for about 20 to 30 min.
  • Remove, unmold and let cool on a rack.
  • Makes 1 loaf, mold 10 ” long



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27 comments:

Rachel said...

wow, that is simple!

French Laundry at Home said...

Now I know I have to make brioche this weekend. I've finally mastered puff pastry -- I think I can do brioche. Thanks for posting this.

Meeta said...

WOW!A simple easy peezy brioche that even I can make! Looks really good!

K & S said...

looks great! and sounds easy!

Peabody said...

Oh, you got a nice brown crust. I didn't egg wash mine or anything since I was going for sweet. Mmmm, the bread that is so bad(for you) but so good.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Wonderful, wonderful...Fabulous Bread...I simply have to bake bread today.
Lovely crust on this one and the crumb looks heavenly! Beautiful Brioche!!

Gattina said...

oh my gosh, your brioche is so fluffy, so tall! Almost can lay my head on like pillow!

Kate said...

that brioche looks store bought(:)))...i kid u not....i dont know what u've done here honey but if thats all urs then u deserve a pat on your back !!!

Lis said...

Chocolate chips or not - this brioche looks FANTASTIC! I wish I had smell-o-vision with this PC. Dammit.

Keep up the good work with the bread.. hopefully it will inspire me to stop being afraid and just make it!

xoxo

Ellie said...

Awwwwww, I'm so jealous of your beautiful brioche! This is one thing I won't be able to try till I can afford to invest in a stand mixer :(

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Beautiful! I'm sure it tastes just as wonderful as it looks. I'm definitely going to be trying this one!

Deborah said...

I'm with Ellie - another recipe I can't try until I have a stand mixer. Too bad my birthday is still 5 months away.....

Cheryl said...

See now you make me wanna make more bread. I'm afraid of yeast. Oh that crust looks heavenly.

Kristen said...

That is an absolutely beautiful loaf of bread Brilynn!

Sara said...

Brilynn thanks for the recipe, like everyone else I though brioche was much more work than that. I suck at making bread but I'll give this a try.

Laura said...

Hmmm! I can smell it from here! Such a beautiful crust. I make brioche sometimes too. Tried to do the round ones with the little ball on top but it went a little too far south in the oven!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I'm stunned by its golden color, Brillyn! It just made my mouth water big time. :)

Lydia said...

My husband has made Bea's brioche recipe a couple of times in the past few weeks -- it is luscious! In fact, it's so good that I had to ask him to stop for a while, because we couldn't keep from eating it!!

gilly said...

Gorgeous dark crusted brioche, Bri! (hey - another great 'B' word) I've no doubt about the heavenly scent you are describing, especially once a slather of butter is thrown in the mix!

Anonymous said...

So true, brioche smells heavenly in the oven.... I may have to bake some tonight after looking at your gorgeous photo, the texture on your brioche looks perfect!

Ari (Baking and Books)

breadchick said...

Ok, now I SO have to try this recipe! I see Brioche in my future for next week! And you too can bake bread!

Anne said...

Absolutely beautiful! When I've finally recovered from my last failed attempt in brioche making, I'm going to try thid out :)

Andrew said...

Looks divine - thanks for taking part in Waiter - round up is on its way.

Ms Adventures in Italy said...

I'm just getting started on bread so thank goodness you said it's easier than your croissant-making! I'll hopefully try this one soon.

Helene said...

Well, time to try doing a brioche!! I´ll tag this not to lose it!

Susan said...

Now THIS is the kind of bread I wish I had for my French toast the other day. I am inspired by the beauty and ease of it.

bea at la tartine gourmande said...

Oh oh, so nice. I am thrilled you liked it!! Well done! I love when people like you try my recipes! Merci merci!!