Friday, November 6, 2015

TK Brioche bread

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Adapted from Thomas Keller

This recipe will make 2 full sized loafs or 6 mini loafs. It needs to be started the night before you want to use the bread. If you want to freeze the extra loaf, immediately wrap the hot bread in foal and freeze. When ready to use, reheat (without thawing and still in the foil) in a 250° oven for 20-25 minutes.

 1/3 cup warm water (110°-115°F)
One 1/4 ounce package active dry yeast (or 1/2 ounce fresh yeast)
2 1/3 cups (10 1/2 ounces) cake flour
2 cups (10 ounces) all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
6 large eggs, at room temperature
20 tablespoons (10 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into 1/2 tablespoon pieces, plus more to butter bowl and loaf pans

Combine the water and yeast in a small bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes, then stir until the yeast is completely dissolved.

In the work bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the flours, sugar, and salt by hand. Put the bowl on the machine and fit with a dough hook. Add the eggs and beat for 1 minute at low speed. Slowly add the dissolved yeast and continue to beat at low speed for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, scrape any dough off the hook, then continue beating on low for 5 more minutes.  Add the butter, about 1/2 stick at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition. Once all of the butter has been added, beat for 10 to 15 more minutes.

Place the dough in a large buttered mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm place until doubled in size, about 3 hours.

Turn the dough out onto a generously floured board and work out the air bubbles by folding the dough over several times while lightly pressing down on it. (Feels like Pop Rocks right?). Return dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate over night.

Generously butter two loaf pans. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. With floured hands (or a bench scraper) divide the dough in 1/2 and shape into two rectangles to fit the loaf pans. Place the dough in the pans and let the dough rise uncovered in a warm place until the dough is 1/2 inch about the top of the pans, about 3 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the brioche until it is well browned on top and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, 35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately turn the bead out onto a wire rack.

If using immediately, allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

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