Soft, rich and buttery, a melt in your mouth pleasure: that's freshly made brioche. I even close my eyes when I sink my teeth into one.
Do you fancy being woken up in the morning by the smell of freshly baked pastries? I get this whenever I am in Italy. My bedroom's window is just above my local bar where at 7am you get all those gorgeous smells of freshly baked pastries.
Many times I was still dreaming and had visions of cakes all over the place and .. of course the smell was real not just a dream!
You can make brioche at home and get that gorgeous scent coming from your own kitchen and see braids and buns swell in the oven during cooking and browning. A sprinkle of that wonderful brown sugar that will scorch, and then...simply ENJOY THE MOMENT!
You can make a batch, cook them and freeze them. Like that you can just defrost them the night before and warm them up in the oven the next morning. They will taste like if they had just been baked!
- Prep Time : 1 hour 30 minutes
- Cook Time : 20 minutes
Melt the yeast with a glass (200 ml or 7 fl oz) of lukewarm water; add the flour and stir well.
Add eggs, sugar, lemon zest, orange essence and diced butter
Work the ingredients with your hands making a smooth ball. Add some extra flour if the pastry feels sticky
Put the dough in a bowl, cover it with a cloth and let it rest in a warm place for an hour until it has doubled in size
Now shape the pastry into buns, braids and croissants or in any shape you like
Whip the egg lightly and brush the shaped dough with it. Then sprinkle some brown sugar over them. Cook at 180C for about 20 minutes until golden.