There's nothing I love more than a warm slice of brioche for breakfast or tea time, or any time for that matter!! My Facebook friends and I have been sharing and making this brioche recipe for a while now. It comes from this french blog and I have been doing it since. It takes no time to make especially if you have a Kitchen aid, the longest part is waiting for the dough to rise once overnight and again when shaped into a brioche.
First make the sourdough by diluting yeast in lukewarm milk. In a mixing bowl put 2/3 cup of flour and add your sourdough. Mix the dough and let it rest for about 1 hour or until it doubles in volume. Just like so...
Preheat your oven at 375F
In the same mixing bowl put 1 1/3 cup of flour, 1 whole egg and 6 egg yolks (in the recipe it asks for 175 gr of eggs), sugar and salt, mix for a few minutes, then add the sourdough. Mix again for another 10 minutes at speed 1 on your Kitchen Aid mixer.
Add 1 stick of soft butter. At this stage I switch from the paddle to the hook on the mixer. And mix for another 20 minutes !! I know it's long and that's why having a mixer makes it so much easier.
You should end up with a soft and elastic dough that dos not stick to the mixing bowl
Put the dough in a large bowl (large enough so the dough can rise easily) cover with saran wrap and put it in the fridge overnight.
The next day take your dough which should have risen, and punch it to give it it's initial size !
Roll out your dough in a rectangle shape,
Fold it once...
then a second time...
and give it a 1/4 turn, repeat this operation 2 times. Roll out, fold and turn.
Cut your dough in 3 or 4 equal parts...
and shape them into balls,
Place the balls in your bread pan, cover with a towel and let rise for 3 hours or until it doubles in size
Obviously mine went a little bit over board, but that's OK. Paint the top with an egg wash. Put a small dish of water in your preheated oven and in goes the brioche. Bake for 30 minutes, 10 minutes before the end of cooking cover the brioche with a sheet of aluminium foil. Then leave it an extra 5 to 10 minutes in your oven with the oven turned off.
Always keep an eye on it during the cooking process though, all ovens are not equal, and from one oven to another you will have to adjust the temperature of it.
And here's the result !!!! Doesn't your mouth water just looking at it !!! Sure mine is...And if you want to eat it a different way than with butter for breakfast. Let me give you an idea, get your panini maker out, spread a good BIG spoon of nutella on one slice put another slice on top and grill this baby, you'll feel like going to Heaven and back!!!!!
2 cups flour
3 tsp dry yeast
1 whole large egg + 6 egg yolks
1/4 cup lukewarm milk
1 stick of butter soften
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt