Brioche

This weeks bake was Brioche.  I made these just over a year ago but with a slightly different recipe and shape.

Brioche is a sweet buttery bread that can be eaten with or without butter.  It is made from a sweet dough that is left to prove and is then shaped and left to prove again before baking.  It is an easy bread to make but does take time because of the proving.  I like to eat my Brioche after it has been warmed up in the oven.  I’m think I prefer my previous recipe as this one was not as sweet and I perhaps cooked it a bit more than I should have.

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Brioche

This weeks bake was Brioche and they weren’t as hard to make as I thought they would be. This bake was one of my favourites and I will defiantley make them again.

The dough is made the night before and left in the fridge to rise.  The next morning I divided the dough into 16 equal pieces and then took a small piece of each of the 16 pieces which I then used to make the bobble on top of the roll.

Once all shaped up the dough is then placed into moulds.  Never having made brioches before I had to buy some moulds to add to my baking tin collection!  I’m don’t really like silicone bakeware but that was all I could find that didn’t cost too much money and would get to here in time for my bake and they turned out to be very nice moulds.

The moulds were then placed on a tray in a plastic bag and put in a warm place for just under an hour until they doubled in size and then I glazed them with some egg and put them in the oven for 20 minutes and this is what I got

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Did you Know:- Brioche comes from France and is often thought of as being a pastry but it is really a bread.  It is the butter and eggs that make it light and flaky and probably why it is confused as a pastry.

The saying “To Make A Brioche” means make a mistake ‘to drop a brick’.  The saying came about when musicians of  the Paris Opera decided to punish members of the orchestra who played out of tune by making them pay a fine. The fines were then spent on brioches which were eaten by all of the orchestra at a later date. The musicians who were fined had to wear a badge representing a brioche in their button holes. Eventually word got around of this tradition and the expression ‘to make a brioche’ came about when someone wanted to say that someone had acted foolishly or made a silly mistake.”

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