I’m actually a little in shock. After finding out earlier in the week that this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe was Bubble Top Brioche (pp 496-497), I approached the task with great trepidation – bready, yeasty things and I not generally being the best of friends. Having arrived back from the West Coast late Tuesday night and still being in a fog of traveller’s fatigue, I made sure to follow the recipe to a T. Dorie’s instructions are very descriptive (even down to telling you that you will have a “shaggy” looking dough at one point but I realised that I actually have no idea what a brioche should look like at any stage except for the one just before it hits my mouth.
Following the instructions worked out it seems, though the recipe does call for a double rise with the second half being in the fridge – this did not take as long as it said – the “active” part of the rising seemed to be done after just over an hour so I covered it in plastic and left it to rest overnight. The following afternoon, I buttered eight muffin tins (I halved the recipe) and rolled the dough into tiny balls , tucking them in the muffin cups and leaving them to rise for nearly 2 hours.
After 10 minutes in the oven (20 in total), I covered the tops of the already puffy brioches with foil as they were browning rather quickly and I didn’t want them to burn. After 20 minutes, I pulled them from the oven, let them sit in the muffin tins for a few minutes and then ripped into one – because I know sometimes these things look amazing but the insides are all wrong.
But this time, I was spot on:
Puffy AND fluffy! Thanks Dorie for renewing my confidence in baking bread-type things – I might just be convinced to make these again 🙂
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