Unlike cakes, breads have never disappointed me. So, this year, as a part of my NY Resolution, I have decided to concentrate more on baking with yeast. So to start off, I baked this brioche bread and it turned out quite well. Now, you can find different variations of brioche if you google for it. I choose to bake the one which had come in the latest issue of Vanitha Pachakam.
Recipe Source: Vanitha Pachakam (Issue:Dec 2012-Mar 2013)
1. All purpose flour - 500 gm
Sugar - 90 gm
Salt - 10 gm
Dry Yeast - 10 gm
Butter - 125 gm
Eggs - 2
Milk - 100 ml
2. Cardamom/Nutmeg powder - 4 gm
3. Golden raisins - 5 gms
- Mix all the ingredients listed under #1 in a large bowl and knead the dough.
- Add the 2nd and 3rd ingredients to the above mixture and knead well to form a smooth dough.
- Place the dough in a loaf tin and cover it with a clean wet cloth.
- Allow the dough to proof for 2 - 2 1/2 hrs or until it has risen well above the top of the loaf tin. It should spring back when gently tapped on the top with a finger.
- Meanwhile preheat the oven to 180 C.
- Bake the briohe until it is well browned on top for about 25-30 mins. It should sound hollow when tapped on the top.
- Remove from the oven and turn the brioche onto a cooling rack and allow it to cool.
- I halved the recipe that was mentioned in the magazine.
- The original recipe uses cardamom. Since, I don't like the taste of cardamom, I substituted it with nutmeg.
- The time taken for blooming depends on the quality of the yeast used. So, make sure that the yeast used is new.
- Soak the raisins in water for sometime before adding it to the dough.
- The original recipe says to bake the brioche for 15 mins. However, if you need to get the brown color,you need to bake for atleast 25-30mins (my experience). Anyways keeping checking after 25 mins.