Tuesday, August 23, 2011

TWD - Golden Brioche Loaves


These I have loved:
White plates and cups, clean-gleaming,
Ringed with blue lines; and feathery, faery dust;
Wet roofs, beneath the lamp-light; the strong crust
Of friendly bread; and many-tasting food;
Rainbows; and the blue bitter smoke of wood ...
The Great Lover by Rupert Brooke

 

Mmmmm - there's nothing better than the smell of rich, buttery baked goods baking in the oven, or the sight of a golden loaf when it comes out of the oven.  This week, Margie of Tea and Scones brought us that experience with her choice of Tuesday with Dorie recipe - Dorie's Golden Brioche Loaves.

I have never made brioche before, and can't remember ever having tasted it.  For this reason, I started to worry when it said how much butter was to be incorporated into the yeasted dough, and when it felt like forever for even the smallest piece of butter to mix in.  I was waiting for imminent disaster; but instead, I got this:  




The brioche had a glossy, golden brown crust, and inside, was as yellow as butter itself.  The taste was more akin to cake than bread, and the brioche tasted wonderful spread with jam on one occasion, and honey on another.

Dorie's recipe made two loaves, so with the other, I made a brioche apple tart that I will show you another day.  If you make this, don't make a half batch - the dough freezes for months, and you can make so many other things with it, including Dorie's brioche snails and pecan sticky buns.

Thanks to Margie for pushing me outside my comfort zone this week - this brioche recipe was a brilliant find.  To check out the recipe, visit Margie's site or buy Dorie's book, and to check out how the other TWD bakers fared with their golden brioche loaves, visit the LYL section of the TWD website. 

18 comments:

Gloria said...

Dear Cake lwa I love brioches and your look amazing and delicious! Love the picture!! gloria

The Blonde Duck said...

DROOLING!

Sunshine said...

mmmmm...looks scrumptious. Just need some Jam and I am good to go!

www.cancerinthecity.com

yummychunklet said...

This loaf looks fantastic! Great looking crust and so golden yellow inside!

Flourchild said...

This looks fantastic! I love how golden brown it is and the fact it tasted like cake!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

What a beautiful brioche! And yes I felt the same when I made my first one. It looked like it would never come together!

Cindy said...

Wow, it is beautiful. I should have made it but the 3 cubes of butter scared me and my waistline! Dories treats have turned my girlish figure into a more matronly figure! It was a great sacrifice!
I will make it soon, yours looks so good.

adele said...

Mmm. Brioche and honey for tea is about as good as it gets! :)

TeaLady said...

Your loaf came out beautifully.

Thanks for baking with me this week.

Lauren said...

Can't wait to see the brioche apple tart! Sounds amazing!

Brioche is the best! You're making me want a slice right now!

Lauren
The Past on a Plate

Nicole said...

Wow, your brioche looks amazing! I posted two variations made with the dough, which I had made before.

Elaine said...

I have always wanted to try brioche! Your loaf looks beautiful! I am going to try Dorie's recipe.

Jennifer said...

Your brioche looks positively amazing!!!!! Good job!!!!!

Amanda said...

Seeing this is a reminder to me that I've been wanting to revisit brioche for some time. I've only ever made it once in my bread machine, but loved it to bits. With all that butter, what's not to love?!

jillbert said...

Lovely! I can't wait to see your apple tart. This was fun to make, and even more fun to turn it into another dessert.

Johanna GGG said...

gorgeous poetry - gorgeous bread - glad to hear the kneading butter into the dough is worth it - I love the sound of the bread but not the method!

Nichi said...

That looks beautiful!

Jessica said...

I like posts that begin with poems! Your brioche is lovely - the transformation from shaggy dough to smooth and silky dough is pretty magical, if you ask me.