Friday, April 20, 2012

Brioche and Sippy Cups

This post was originally just going to be about a Brioche recipe, but you know how I love to share when I find a good product.

Brody is a MASTER at dumping his milk out of his sippy cup. He is also a sippy cup addict - he is always carrying one around with him. I think I've bought almost every sippy cup on the market and they all leak. Seriously. I should own stock Munchkin. Anyway, I was at Target the other day and they had a new (at least to our store) sippy from Tommee Tippee. It was a 2 pack for $7.99, so I bought it hoping that this would be our answer. We've been using them all week, and so far, not a single drop has spilled or flung out.

Brody has seemingly made it his personal mission to do figure out how to spill the contents of this cup but to no avail. So, if you're in the market for a non-spill sippy, you might try this one out.

And as a sidenote, I am never typing the word SIPPY again because the stupid spell check on this computer keeps changing it to zippy. Oh, and sorry for the bad iPhone pic.

Now, on to the brioche.

I'm a big fan of brioche. And can you believe that no one out here sells it?! When we are in Dallas I pick up a loaf at Whole Foods. I have a bread problem. Hi, my name is Jenna and I am addicted to carbs.

It dawned on me last week that, duh, I like to make bread. I am not by any means a bread expert when it comes to baking the stuff, but what I make is always edible. So, I actually found a recipe from King Arthur Flour that I decided to try. It turned out really well, and was pretty easy, so I thought I'd share it.

Note: I followed the directions for a single round loaf. I'm using mine to make this yummy recipe.

Brioche

dough

  • 2 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Baker's Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 3 large eggs*
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • *Use 3 large eggs + 1 egg yolk, if desired — this will allow you to brush the leftover egg white on the loaf if you're planning to garnish it with sugar; see tip.

directions

1) In a stand mixer or bread machine (programmed for dough), mix together all of the ingredients to form a smooth, shiny dough. Don't worry; what starts out as a sticky mess becomes beautifully satiny as it kneads. This dough takes longer than most to develop, so be prepared to let the dough knead for up to 15 to 20 minutes in a stand mixer. Also, we don't recommend trying to knead it by hand. If you're using a bread machine, let it complete its kneading cycle, then continue as directed below.

2) Form the dough into a ball (it'll be very soft), place it in a greased bowl, cover the bowl, and it let rise for 1 hour. Then refrigerate the dough for several hours, or overnight. This will slow the fermentation and chill the butter, making the dough easier to shape.

3) Divide the chilled dough into 12 pieces to make mini-brioche; leave it whole for one large round brioche; or divide it in half for two 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaves.

4) Place the dough into the greased pan(s) of your choice, cover lightly, and let rise for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until it's doubled and looks very puffy. If you're making two loaves, it's fun to make simple three-strand braids, and set them in the loaf pans.

5) To bake a large, round brioche: Place the pan into a preheated 400°F oven. After 10 minutes, reduce the oven heat to 350°F and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes more. Check the brioche after 15 minutes; tent with aluminum foil if it appears to be browning too quickly. Brioche should be a deep brown when done, should sound hollow when tapped, and will read 190°F at the center using an instant-read thermometer. (It's easy to underbake, since it browns so quickly!) Remove the brioche from the oven, and after 10 minutes remove it from the pan to cool completely on a rack.

6) To bake the mini brioches: Place the pan(s) into a preheated 375°F oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes (tent after 10 minutes if they're browning too quickly). Remove from the oven, let stand for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a rack.

7) To bake the loaves: Allow the loaves to rise till they've nearly reached the rim of the pan, about 3 hours. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 40 to 45 minutes, tenting with foil after 15 to 20 minutes.


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