On the weekends I love having fresh Brioche in the house. For years I didn’t dare making one and excused that by saying that in any case the Brioche in our supermarket is just as good as homemade. Boy did I get that wrong !
All you really need is patience. The reward is twofold. During the baking there is an aroma wafting through the house that is just mouth-watering. And once you tuck in the Brioche just melts on your tongue!
Recipe Brioche (you can halve the ingredients as it makes a lot of brioche)
- 410 g milk
- 100 g butter, softened
- 17 g salt
- 15 g vanilla sugar
- lemon and orange zeste
- 6 egg yolks
- 100 g sugar
- 750 g flour
- 2 packages of fast action yeast
- 1 egg and 1 egg yolk
- Almond flakes or decorating sugar
For the dough warm the milk, butter, salt, vanilla, orange and lemon zest, the egg yolks and sugar to approximatively 40C (Thermomix 5 min / 40 C / speed 1) . Put the dough into a kitchen machine (or knead by hand).
Add the flour and yeast and knead until it forms a nice dough (Thermomix 5 Min / kneading mode, leave to rest in Thermomix). Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
Work the dough again (Thermomix 2 min / kneading mode, leave to rest in Thermomix) and let again rest for 30 minutes. Work the dough for a third time (Thermomix 1 min / kneading mode) and place onto the table, cover again and let it rest 15 more minutes.
Divide the dough into 130 g pieces, roll them into balls, cover and let again rest for 10 minutes. Form the balls into strings and make braids with 3 strings each. Place onto a baking tray leaving space between them.
Cover and let rest for another little hour. Mix the egg and the yolk and apply the mix to the top of the braids. Leave as is or sprinkle with decorating sugar or almond flakes.
Bake at 160 C for about 20 minutes until golden.
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