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Last week in France was celebrated the Bastille Day (14th of July). I and my friends decided to go to Paris, and it was awesome! We made a gastronomic tour, just amazing!
During the French Revolution, Marie-Antoinette reportedly said, talking about the impoverished and starving citizens of Paris who couldn’t afford bread: “qu’ils mangent de la brioche” (let them eat cake).
Coincidentally, the classes theme for this week was “Boulangerie”, and I learned a lot of kinds of breads, and one of them was the famous brioche!
I’ve already made the recipe at home, and I guess now is a great opportunity to post my first experience!
Recipe from this book.
1kg all-purpose flour
150ml luke warm milk
How to make:
Mix the flour, sugar, milk, eggs, yeast and salt until well combined. Add the butter chopped in small pieces to the dough and knead until the dough is smooth. The dough is ready to rise when it is completely smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Cover the bowl, and allow the dough to rise for 2 hours, or until it is doubled in size.
Deflate the dough, cover and refrigerate for 12 hours.
Form dough into desired bread shape (loaves, traditional brioche rolls or braid) and place in greased pan(s) or muffin tin (for rolls). Let double in bulk again (1 hour), covered with warm damp towel in slightly warm place.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove dough from oven if that is where it has been rising. In a small bowl, beat together egg and 1 teaspoon water. Brush egg wash on top(s) of bread. Bake until golden brown, 45-50 minutes for 1 loaf, 30-40 minutes for 2 loaves or braids, 20-25 minutes for individual brioches.
Like I said that was my first experience with brioches at home. I’m glad to be here, learning the French techniques, and improving my pastry skills!
This was the result of 1 week “boulangerie” classes!
And the brioche that we made here!