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Buttery Brioche
Sides, Holidays/Entertaining
Date: June 11, 2017
  • ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 4-4½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water for gl
Preparation Steps:
  1. Combine the yeast and water in the bowl of a stand mixer; allow the yeast to dissolve for a few minutes. Add the sugar and eggs stirring until the eggs are broken up. Add the salt and 4 cups of flour. Stir until you've formed a shaggy, floury dough.
  2. With a dough hook on low speed, knead the dough for about 2 minutes until all the flour has been absorbed and the dough comes together in a fairly smooth ball.
  3. Increase the mixer speed to medium. Begin adding the butter one tablespoon at a time. Wait until one lump is mostly mixed in before adding the next. Stop and scrape down the sides of the mixer as needed until all the butter is added.
  4. Once all the butter is added, continue to beat the dough for about 5 minutes, once the butter is completely absorbed. When finished, the dough should look glossy and supple and it should jiggle slightly when you shake the bowl, like firmly set custard.
  5. The dough can rise in the bowl in which it was mixed. Cover loosely and place the bowl somewhere warm until roughly doubled in bulk.
  6. Once doubled, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge. Let the dough rest overnight, or up to 2 days. It might rise a bit more in the fridge. If it looks like it will spill out of the bowl, lift the edges to de-gas it slightly.
  7. This dough is much easier to work with once it has chilled and the flavor improves with a cool overnight rest.
  8. Grease the brioche tins and then shape the rolls. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll into balls. Transfer to greased brioche tins.
  9. Cover the brioche loosely and place somewhere warm. Let them rise until they're doubled in bulk, look puffy and pillow-like, and are just starting to peek over the top of the pan — about 1 to 1½ hours
  10. **If in doubt, it's better to under-proof rather than over-proof these brioche loaves, so bake them as soon as you start wondering if they are ready.
  11. Begin preheating the oven to 350°F about 30 minutes before you estimate they're ready to bake. Place a rack in the middle position.
  12. Whisk together the yolk and water for the glaze. Brush it evenly over the tops of the brioche. Try not to leave any drips in the corners of the pan or under the loaves.
  13. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Yield: 1 Dozen Rolls

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