Brioche

Brioche

4.5

2 Ratings

35-45 minutes 1 loaf Nuts Vegetarian

About this recipe:

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The attractive appearance of this large, brioche loaf is made with 8 dough balls tucked into a loaf tin. Your patience with the proving time is required for this celebratory bread will be richly rewarded.

Equipment:

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3 x mixing bowls, 1kg/2lb bread tin and pastry brush

Ingredients:

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500g Doves Farm Organic Strong White Bread Flour
50g caster sugar
Ā½ tsp salt
150g butter
2 tsp Doves Farm Quick Yeast
2 eggs
200ml milk
1 egg yolk
butter, for tin

Method:

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200°C, Fan 180°C, 400°F, Gas 6

Step 1

  1. Put the flour, sugar and salt into the bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Chop the butter into small cubes and add it to the bowl.
  3. Using a fork or pastry blender, mix the butter cubes into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Stir in the quick yeast.
  5. Break the eggs into another bowl, add the milk and beat together.
  6. Add this to the flour bowl and stir gently to form a sticky dough.
  7. Invert a larger mixing bowl over the dough bowl and leave in a warm place until it has grown in size, about 2 hours.

Step 2

  1. Gather the sticky dough into a ball with floured hands and place it on a flour dusted work surface.
  2. Dust the dough lightly with flour and knead for 100 presses without adding flour.
  3. Invert a larger mixing bowl over the dough bowl and leave in a warm place for the dough to double in size, about 1-2 hours.

Step 3

  1. Rub some butter around the inside of a 1kg/2lb bread tin.
  2. Gather the dough into a ball with floured hands and place it on a flour dusted work surface.
  3. Gently pull and extend the dough then fold it back onto itself 5 times.
  4. Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces and gently roll each into a ball.
  5. Arrange the dough balls in two rows of four in the bread tin.
  6. Invert a large mixing bowl over the bread tin and leave in a warm place until doubled in size, about an hour.
  7. Pre-heat the oven 20 minutes before baking.
  8. Gently brush the surface of the brioche with egg yolk.
  9. Bake for 35-45 minutes.

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