Brioche loaf recipe
There are not many other smells that top the smell of fresh bread baking, but this brioche loaf is the cream of the crop. Look forward to lashings of jam or cream while the brioche is bakes in the oven.
- 20g yeast
- 4 tbsp warm water
- 60g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
- 500g (3 1/3 cup) strong (bread) flour
- 6 eggs
- 300g softened butter
Activate your yeast with the water and half the sugar.
Add to flour and mix with your dough hook – adding your eggs one at a time until it is smooth and elastic (approx. 10 mins in electric mixer).
Beat the softened butter and remaining sugar together and slowly add this mixture to the dough, a little at a time. Continue to mix for 5 mins making sure the dough is smooth and glossy.
Cover your bowl with a tea towel and rest in a warm place for a couple of hours, until the dough has doubled in size.
Knock it back and cover with tea towel and place in the refrigerator for another couple of hours.
Knock it back again on a lightly loured bench and mould into a ball. Line the saucepan with a sheet of buttered greaseproof paper, twice the height of the saucepan.
Place the dough in the saucepan and lightly glaze the top of the brioche with an egg wash.
Leave for 20 mins in a warm place to rise once more and then bake for 40-45 mins in a preheated oven 170C or 150C fan-forced.
Place on a wire rack to cool and then slice and serve with your favourite jam.
- The fresher your eggs and the better butter you use, the better and yummier your brioche.
- Extracted from Produce to Platter: Yarra Valley & The Dandenongs (Smudge Publishing, $34.95), now available at all good book stores or online at Smudge Publishing.