Friday, January 6, 2012

FFWD Bubble-Top Brioches

Beautiful and Buttery

I made a few bubble top brioches, too!
Hunting through flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales has long been a passion for me. It's all about the hunt. How excited you feel when you surprisingly come upon that old copper fondue set or a 1930's Hall teapot! I have found some great things on my hunts. Looking for odd or antique cookware, that is useable, is one of the things I truly enjoy! A few months ago, I found a baking tin that resembled a muffin pan except, the sides of each cup were fluted. I had no idea what it was used for. My thoughts were for some pretty molded cupcakes or muffins. It was made in France and was very nice quality. It was love at first sight and whatever it was used for didn't matter.  I was buying it!!

My very unusual pan....such a find!!
Made in France
Fast forward to last week...I was going through my many baking pans to find the right one for my bubble-top brioches. I don't own any brioche tins so I was looking for a muffin pan.  Out of my closet, falling at my feet was this funny looking tin with the fluted sides, that happened to be made in France. Do you see where I'm going with this? I picked it up, and it finally dawned on me what it was used for. It was for making individual brioches. Sweet!!
So this week our baking adventure for FFWD was Bubble-Top Brioches...and I had a pan!
This recipe was easy to follow and Dorie explains the procedure quite well. However, I wish she would have given us some process pictures of the way the dough should have looked. I did a google search for images so I could be sure I was doing it right. The dough is quite wet in the beginning. After the first rise, things went well. You refrigerate the dough and every 30 minutes deflate it. After a few hours it had solidified and the rising had stopped.  Technically, it is a different type of bread baking. I have always wanted to bake a brioche and so this was a really fun project for me.  I loved the recipe and definitely plan on making it again. These brioches were beautiful, rich, and buttery. I only baked half the dough and froze the rest for a nice breakfast some time soon!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook "Around My French Table" Or you could find it  here at Epicurious.  To see what other bloggers are doing you can check it out here. Happy Friday everyone!!



This is the way my dough looked as I beat in the butter
The dough cut into small pieces
Filling the mold...the dough was very easy to handle
Place 3 balls in each cup
Risen and ready for the egg wash and the oven
Just out of the oven....the kitchen smelled amazing

DELICIOUS!!

31 comments:

  1. What a great find! How perfect that you had an official french brioche pan for your first homemade brioche. And they look so cute and tasty!

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  2. Obviously, you were destined to make brioche one day - that must be why the pan came your way :-) That is an awesome pan - I love it when things like that cross my path.
    Enjoyed the way you shaped part of the batch with the bubble on top. Cute.

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  3. Those look wonderful! These were really fun for me to make too - something different to try. I am freezing half the dough too!

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  4. Sweet!!!! Is right, that's for sure. Love your 'find' in that French brioche pan and would love to go antiquing with you some day, I kow you live in a wonderful area for finding amazing stuff!!! Your brioche rolls are the most beautiful golden color, just so appealing looking, they belong in a magazine, a French magazine of course;-)

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  5. Love, love that pan!! I'm putting that on my "must have" list!! The rolls are beautiful, so perfectly made. Happy Friday!

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  6. Absolute perfection, Kathy! My dough is in the fridge! I love antiquing, too! And, of course, have a weakness for things made in France - and Italy!

    Have a terrific weekend!

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  7. Your pan is fabulous -- what a find! And your rolls turned out very handsomely, so you were definitely doing it right. Great job!

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  8. What a great job, the rolls look so perfect. I love that pan too, and I
    really have to start buying some new equipment. I tossed out some
    things that were getting a bit rough with the intention of replacing
    soon, but never got around to it. The result was to use my popover pan.
    Not bad, but I definitely want a brioche pan now. Tricia and I both
    had fun with this recipe.

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  9. How cute! Love the bubble topped one!

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  10. OMG...Kathy, I think I died and went to "heaven" your brioches are to "die for" and those pans...oh, my! Bless you, my dear! I would have to fight you off if I were at that sale! Now you know why my blog is called...food and thrift (finds) If I actually show all my amazing thrift finds, I would have to stop posting my foods...LOL

    The bubble top brioche you made, is the prettiest, the BEST...ever! Totally amazing, and super fluffy, moist, and delicious:DDD
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  11. The bubble top brioche is so pretty, Kathy! I love reading stories about great little finds for the kitchen. You definitely lucked out with that gorgeous tin.

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  12. These are all gorgeous! Such fun to read about your pan and your hunts for things, I would love to come along on those hunts and just see what there is to see and enjoy the process. Great job on these!

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  13. Wow, Kathy! That pan was quite a find. Lucky you. And what perfect brioche! I can smell them baking from here. :) The last photo with the melting butter was perfect!

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  14. Kathy. These are lovely and that new pan was perfect for this task.Your brioche look perfect and I would love one with my tea. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  15. What a great find, Kathy! And I'm impressed that you made the traditional shape, too! Beautiful.

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  16. That tin is such a wonderful find, Kathy! I also love the hunt and enjoy thrifting and antiquing so much because you never know what kind of treasure you will discover. I have a similar tin, not made in France however, and I didn't think to use this for the brioche. It is perfect. Your brioche is perfect and perfectly golden. I also love that one bubble brioche. Well done!

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  17. Whether it is baking or photography, I find myself glued to the laptop screen just drooling through your posts

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  18. Very impressive brioches. I am feeling hungry looking at your photos.

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  19. love you pan & your rolls! nice work!!

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  20. What a great find! Yor broiche tuned out beautifully. I just wish I could have been there to taste it.

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  21. Those rolls are absolutely gorgeous! I love baking with yeast so I see these in my future. Nice to meet you at my blog...thanks for stopping by and I'm happy to find your blog!
    ~Margaret

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  22. What a gorgeous pan! It was serendipitous, for sure. Your brioche look right out of a French bakery, so perfectly browned.. I like the look of the more traditional one you made too. Thanks for the lovely eye candy! And Happy New Year, Kathy! Looking forward to more of your posts this year.

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  23. Hi Kathy! Just popped over from The Irish Mother (Margaret) to see what's cooking and boy oh boy am I glad I did. Your little balls of Brioches have me bubbling with excitement. I've seen so many versions of these today and each and every one looks absolutely heavenly!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

    LOVE the pans and yes, the hunt!!!

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  24. WOOOOOOOW, I love it, it looks soo delicious, I am Happy to follow you and I am New in the blog :D I would be happy to have few more followers if you dont mind :D

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  25. Honestly, you should be SO proud!! they are just gorgeous!
    mary x

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  26. Kathy, those look gorgeous! I can only imagine their divine smell! I have been delving into different kinds of bread lately (I brought a huge block of fresh yeast from Serbia, which I keep frozen in my ice trays), but was reluctant to try brioche, as I thought you had to have a special tin.
    You have inspired me to try, even if I have to use my muffin pan:)
    I almost bought a very similar-looking pan at the farmers' market in Serbia, but I had no clue what I would use it for, and my suitcase real estate was limited:)
    Here is to another fabulous year!

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  27. Oh I so enjoyed this post - how fun and interesting ! Loved hearing about the thrill of the hunt and can totally relate to finding something that you know you need (or love) even if you are not sure what you will use it for. It was kismet- you needed that pan for FFWD :) Your brioche (bubble top and otherwise) all looked divine. That top photo looks like bread was served at a fancy French restaurant. We adored this recipe. A keeper for sure.

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  28. I LOVE your pan. What a great find. I need to catch up on this recipe...still trying to catch up on so many things due to very busy holidays. I just signed up for the new baking group, Baking with Julia...thanks to you and Susan for letting me know about this group. I have the book and need to put it to good use and I enjoy baking with you.

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  29. Kathy - these are simply gorgeous! Love that you had a real brioche pan from France in your cooking artillery....how fun to find a use for it with FFWD!

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  30. To say these look delicious would be an understatement. I am so inspired to make these and your pan is beautiful. I love the way my house smells when I make homemade bread:-)

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