Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Morrison House Brioche

From Southern Living
Don't limit this buttery bread to breakfast. It's just as good as a sandwich or dinner roll.

4 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast (1 1/2 teaspoons)
1/4 cup warm water
2 teaspoons salt
8 large eggs
1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pieces
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Combine flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in center of mixture; add yeast and water in center. Let stand 5 minutes.

Beat at low speed with an electric mixer until blended; add salt and 8 eggs, one at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add butter gradually, beating well (small bits of butter will be visible). Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight (dough will be sticky).

Divide dough into 12 portions; pinch off a 1-inch ball of dough from each portion, and set aside.

Roll larger pieces into balls on a lightly floured surface; place in well-greased individual brioche molds or a muffin pan. Place molds or muffin pan on a baking sheet.

Make a well in center of each ball. Shape remaining dough pieces into balls, and place in wells.

Brush brioche with beaten egg; let stand 30 minutes.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Cool in molds 10 minutes; remove from molds.

Yield: 1 dozen

Southern Living, FEBRUARY 1996

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