Friday, February 26, 2010

Cool Rise Brioche

At about a million calories, these little brioches are not for the dieters of the world. They are, however, surprisingly light. Not surprisingly, they are really delicious; even my picky eaters made it a point to say so - both of them! This is proof that my heart is in excellent shape, because to get unsolicited compliments from both of them is surely cause for heart attack, or at least, severe shock!


1 cup warm water (110 to 120F)
6 tsp yeast (or 2 packages)
4 to 5 cups flour (start with 4)
3/8 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened

3 eggs, at room temperature

Sprinkle the yeast over the water in a bowl or bread machine container. Add 4 cups flour, sugar, salt, eggs and the butter, cut into pieces. Mix together, using the directions I gave in the Cool Rise White Bread recipe. Note that this dough is really soft and sticky, and you will probably need to add more flour as it mixes. Add in 1/4 cup increments, until the dough forms a nice ball; I used a total of about 4-3/4 cups.

Let the dough sit for 10 minutes, then divide into 2 unequal parts: 1/4 of the dough and 3/4 of the dough. Divide the larger section into 18 pieces, form balls from each, and place in greased muffin or cupcake tins. Poke dents in the top of each piece. Divide the smaller part of the dough into 18 pieces, and form into 18 small balls (about 3/4" diameter each). Place each small ball in the dent of one of the larger balls. Brush the tops of the brioches with oil, brush waxed paper with oil, and cover the brioches. Place them in the refrigerator for 2 to 24 hours.

When you're ready to bake the brioches, remove them from the refrigerator, and place on top of the stove to warm up as you preheat the oven to 350F. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until they're nicely browned. Brush the tops with melted butter, if desired, and serve hot. (I didn't do this; I thought they had enough butter in them.)

They look wonderful in the muffin pans after baking, although, frankly, mine look like they were made by the Special Ed Mom. The cookbook suggests preparing these at night, and having them hot for breakfast in the morning. I didn't do this, of course.

Stupid looking or not, they got to be a whole lot prettier in the basket, and no one told me that my rolls were lopsided. Bonus!
And, in case anyone wondered, this is how much snow we had at noon.
Those are Ryan's feet, and he's over 6 foot now. Good thing Thor's a big dog, or he'd get lost trying to relieve himself! And it must be worse beyond my little corner of the world, because UPS called me this morning, and told me they would not be making my regular pickup this afternoon, because they are closed today. How often does that happen?


The Blonde Duck said...

Oh Marjie, I love you. Ben loves you. We all love you. And your brioche.

SusieLee said...

I hope you aren't one of those who lose electricuty. We went thru that in 2008 for 2 nights and 3 days. Oooo I was cold. (I am in Iowa) Let's hope this is the last blow before spring!!! Does Thor just wallow thru the snow? Our 8 dogs (yes 8) just love to play in it. Stay warm..

Pam said...

Oh these are calling my name! I am looking forward to trying the cool rise this weekend, I am so excited.

Christo Gonzales said...

we have 18 inches right now and more on the horizon - the bread looks great - I wish I could make light fluffy bread like that...I guess I can stop waiting for the UPS delivery I was expecting.

Dexter said...

Hey buddy, here is a link to the ramp we got.

Momma did a lot of research and this was the only one that is really built to hold over 200 pound doggies. It is kind of narrow and got mixed reviews on line, but we're going to give it a shot.

I also have a stretcher like they use for sick people. We still haven't finished training with that. Momma says she has to teach me to lay on my side on the floor first and then we will work on the stretcher, but hopefully we will never need it.


pam said...

Just stay inside and keep warm, and enjoy your tasty brioche.

Mickle in NZ said...

I'm sure Ryan worked up a "3 brioche" appetite digging through all the snow

Kapitein Haakje said...

:D thor must have a fantastic time in the snow!!

El'bow & Hauwii

George Gaston said...

Marjie, your brioche are awesome looking! What a treat after a day of shoveling snow.

SissySees said...

I am sorry the snow finally found you. Gretchen FEELS for Thor, but is glad too that he's a big guy, and hopes that path is for Thor just the same, because no doggy likes to tunnel through snow to find a potty spot.

The brioche looks incredible!!!

Sarah said...

These look good. But look at all that snow...brrr. Keep cozy.

Tatersmama said...

STOP! Stop posting these delicious looking recipes, or you're gonna have to take the blame for the size of my arse!
Special Ed mom or not, these are simply gorgeous! And with that butter? I just figure what's a little more??

tavolini said...

UPS was closed? Wow.

Those look super delicious--I love their lopsided, puffy tops. Very cute :)