Brioche

The Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge: No 4. Brioche

Each week I will be making a bread recipe from Peter Reinhart’s wonderful book, The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread. The fourth recipe in the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge was Brioche.

Brioche is a rich & sweet French bread with a flaky texture, almost like a croissant. The richness comes from the butter used in the recipe. I chose to do the Rich Man's Brioche and it called for 2 cups of butter. That's right, 2 cups of butter! I knew it was going to good.

This bread is a little tricky to make. My first attempt making brioche fell flat. Literally, flat. The brioche only rose a little in the loaf pans and it didn't rise at all in the oven. It tasted OK but I was so disappointed with how it looked. I couldn't face trying to make it again for a few days. I asked for advice from the other BBA participants and one recommended that I let my butter stand at room temperature overnight. I tried that and it seemed to do the trick. My Brioche loaves came out perfect. It looked great, tasted amazing and just melted in my mouth. I can't wait to make it again.

Be sure to check out what the other challenge participants have done.

Next bread: Casatiello!


27 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Smooth and beautiful! a perfect brioche!

cheers,

Rosa

Natashya said...

That does look really good! Good for you for giving it another shot. Love the colour.

Jude said...

Very nice crust and crumb. This is as open a crumb as I've seen on brioche. Great job!

JodieMo said...

WOW! Very nice! Now I want french toast for breakfast or maybe some bread pudding. :)

Sara said...

This looks delicious-great crumb and so nicely brown! Yum.

maybelle's mom said...

Oh, I have had that problem with the butter too.

Debbie said...

A gorgeous brioche! So lovely....

Amanda @ Mrs.W's Kitchen said...

Two... cups? As in a pound of butter?

Oh, that sounds absolutely heavenly!

Soma said...

How beautiful ! & what an awesome texture. the picture speaks for itself.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

You're right. They did come out perfect. How I wish I was a baker.
Sam

finsmom said...

These came out just perfectly! They look almost too gorgeous to eat!

peteeatemall said...

They look perfect! Love your dedication...Happy Baking!!

Kerstin said...

Nice job, it looks perfect! Brioche is just so good.

Deborah said...

I have made this bread, and I love it!!

Jamie said...

That is most definitely a perfect brioche! Congrats! Go ahead and brag!

OrphanKing said...

The kind of bread loved by orphans and Kings alike.

Maria said...

Fantastic job on the brioche!

Arundathi said...

I haven't made this yet, but can't wait to get to it now! Yours looks great!

Jeff said...

Yeah for success at round two! I could be bitter because I did the whole room temp butter thing and still had flat bread but I won't be. Why because I have nothing but love!

If it did not involve more cardio time I would try this bread again.

Good luck on the casa!

Madam Chow said...

I went the poor man route because my scale demanded that I do so!

Sara said...

Beautiful brioche!

Sandra Avital said...

your brioche is gorgeous and the crumb is perfect!

Peter M said...

D-Girl, that 1st pic of the Brioche is dreamy - you did it!

You're a full-on BBB...Bread Baking Bonita.

art and lemons said...

If only I had some brioche right now, with little bits of chocolate strewn in. Gorgeous color and texture!

Alima Bell said...

What a great looking brioche. This does sound delicious with all those lovely, colorful ingredients. Your picture med me hungry. Now i cant wait to do this. I'm sure it'll be a big hit with the kids. This is a perfect brioche. thank you for sharing your post.

SHM said...

I love all of your different bread entries! Your blog is great too!

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