Friday, October 16, 2009

Crock Not: Bread Machine Brioche


A few recipes on Vegetarian Slow Cooker call for brioche bread.  Brioche is a delightful buttery rich egg bread that is great for use in Crock French Toasts, Crock Betty's, Monte Christo Sandwiches (but that's another blog), and other yummy things.  Buying a loaf at the store is not cheap.  If you have a bread machine, are organized, and budget minded, here is a cheap way to get your brioche.  Make it the night before it is needed in a recipe.

Your house will smell yummy and everyone will wish they lived with you. I will love you if you buy a bread machine and use the Amazon search box on this site to order and buy it. Okay, I will still love you even if you already have a bread machine or don't buy one.  Special thanks to UK Graphic Artist Friends for bread machine brioche picture.

Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons bread flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
Add all ingredients except the butter to your bread machine in the order suggested by manufacturer and process on the basic bread cycle. Cut the butter into tablespoon size pieces. About 10 minutes before the end of the first kneading cycle, begin adding the butter, 1 tablespoon each minute. Do not rush it. Let the machine continue its process.  After bread is baked and at the end of the entire cycle, let the brioche cool in the OPENED machine about 20 minutes. This will keep the sides firm while the center stays moist.

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