Thursday, November 22, 2012

From my kitchen: Brioche aux pralines, Second attempt


Ever since I spent my very first year in France, I've considered baking as one of my biggest passions. I can spend hours browsing through Pinterest and food blogs, and shuffling through food magazines, researching new recipes and constantly enlarging my "to bake" list. However, as you may remember witnessing here, even I can experience an epic baking fail. But as I'm not one to give up and admit defeat, I've decided to give that infamous brioche aux pralines another try.

This time around, I did my homework really well, researching numerous recipes and pinpointing my previous mistakes. I learned the hard way that even the best of yeasts won't do much without sugar, and I paid extra attention to what I was putting in the bowl.

If you were wondering whether one simple brioche really deserved that much work and attention, my answer is a resounding yes. My reward for all these extra efforts was really sweet: my second brioche was soft and fluffy, dotted with pink pralines that almost turned this breakfast treat into a fashion accessory. It was so scrumptious (and disappeared so fast) that I'm already brainstorming a bunch of alternatives: swapping pralines for raisins, walnuts or dried fruit sounds really tempting!

Brioche aux pralines

You'll need:
* 7g (1/4oz) fast-action dried yeast
* 1tsp caster sugar
* 125ml warm milk
* 500g plain flour
* 1tsp fine sea salt
* 2tbsp caster sugar
* 4 medium eggs, lightly beaten
* 175g butter, softened
* 75g pink pralines

1. Sprinkle the yeast and one tsp caster sugar on to the warm milk in a small bowl. Whisk lightly, then leave in a warm place (I usually put it next to the kitchen heater) for 10 minutes (a light form should form on the surface). 
2. Sift the flour, salt and two tbsp of caster sugar into a large bowl. Pour in the yeast mixture and beaten eggs. Use your robot to make the dough.
3. Gradually add the softened butter, one tsp at a time, while still kneading with your robot. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour. Knead until it's smooth and pliable.
4. Place the dough in a large slightly buttered bowl and cover with a humid tea towel. Leave in a warm place (again, close to a heater) for 1 1/2 hour, until well risen.
5. Turn the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute, then roll it out with a rolling pin to a rectangle.
6. Sprinkle the dough with crushed pralines, then roll the dough up. Cut it into 3 equal parts, roll them with your palms to lengthen them, then braid them together. 
7. Place the braid in a buttered brioche (or challah) tin (or in a classic baking sheet, the dough is solid enough not to loose its shape).
8. Bake in the oven preheated to 180°C for 20-25 minutes. 
9. Let cool down in the tin, then release on to a wire rack.
10. Enjoy a slice with a cup of hot chocolate or with your morning coffee.

Bon app├ętit!

28 comments:

  1. Looks like everything came out good. Brioche is so delicious! xx/Madison :)

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  2. Oh wow, this looks good! I like the idea of changing up the recipe with different dried fruits and nuts too!

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  3. This looks wonderful...I do enjoy Brioche :) Might give it a go ;) xx

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  4. It looks so scrumptious as the first one!:) Kisses dear! xo

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  5. YAY!!! I am so excited that the brioche came out perfect this time round, I knew you would master it! Looks absolutely scrumptious!

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  6. Uhhhhmmmmm! This brioche looks delicious!!! I'm so happy this time came out great!

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  7. This looks delicious and so impressive with the colour running through it. I loved your last post too - all that pastel inspiration!
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  8. This looks really good! Would love to try a piece...

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  9. This looks so good, send me some, please? :D ♥

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  10. This looks amazing, It must be delicious too :)

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  11. This is just lovely! Could you make a chocolate brioche? I've never had it, but it looks scrumptious :)

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  12. Oh my gosh this looks SO yummy!!!! I LOVE Brioche, had too much of it while I was travelling lol

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  13. Pretty and (presumably) delicious!

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