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Brioche

If you want to make this completely from scratch, you’ll need to make some Brioche. In bakeries, this rich, buttery, egg-y bread is often sold as rolls, which are delicious but not as useful to me as loaves.

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In loaf form, Brioche makes great toast and sandwiches; I am particularly fond of it spread with a bit of sweet butter and some marmalade. If you have any left, it also makes french toast to die for.

I use James Beard’s recipe from Beard on Bread, although I use a stand mixer for the kneading.

Brioche Bread

  1. 1 1/2 packages active dry yeast
  2. 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. 1/2 cup warm water (100-115 degrees, approximately)
  4. 1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  6. 4 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 1 egg yolk mixed with 1/4 cup evaporated milk or light cream

Combine yeast, sugar and warm water, and allow to proof. Mix the melted butter and salt. In a large bowl (the stand mixer bowl, if you are using one) combine the flour, eggs, melted butter and yeast mixture. Mix until smooth, using either a spoon or your mixer. (This will be a sticky-ish dough). Place in a buttered bowl, turning to butter all surfaces, cover and set in a warm, draft-free place until light and doubled in bulk, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Punch the dough down and shape into two loaves. Fit into buttered 8x4x2 loaf pans and let rise again in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Brush the yolks with the egg yolk-milk wash. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, until the loaves are a deep golden brown and sound hollow when tapped with the knuckles. Cool on a rack.

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I feel like I'm fifteen - does that count? I'm lots of things, I get paid to be the Managing Editor for a local news publication, and I love my job. I am also inordinately fond of reading, animals (I have four), elephants, owls, hedgehogs writing, tramping in the woods, cooking India, Ireland, England, avocado toast, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, Little Women, Fun Home, Lumber Janes, Fangirl, magic, Neil Gaiman, Jane Austen, YA books, not YA books, classical music, Salinger (OMG SALINGER), Brahms, key lime pie, indie music, podcasts, sleeping in, road trips, marmalade, museums, bookstores, the Oxford comma, BBC, The Miss Fisher Mysteries, birdwatching, seashells, kombucha, and stickers. Not a huge fan of chewing gum, jazz, trucker hats or dystopian and/or post-apolcalyptic fiction (but I'll try anything).

4 responses »

  1. i am sure those are amazing. AMAZING. but looky there at alla that butter. i’m thinking the perfect xmas morning roll. and i’m jewish… but still…

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  2. Claudia – my mom is Jewish, and has always prepared a bang-up Christmas breakfast. Go for it! (I mainly give these away when I make them, so that I will not eat them).

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  3. that’s funny – i bake and give too… my blog is making me fat… sooooooo not good…

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  4. Uhm, I bet you are not alone, there. I just had to explain to my son and his friend why I walked them to school again, even though yesterday was the first day – I’m walking off some of my fine culinary work.

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