Foodiva's Kitchen: French Fridays With Dorie - Bubble-Top Brioches

Friday, January 6, 2012

French Fridays With Dorie - Bubble-Top Brioches

For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice.
~ T.S. Eliot

This is it - my first new year post, finally. Nearly a week into January, I'm taking my time to ease into 2012. No need to rush...I'm trying to savor every minute (and that's not even a new year resolution, by the way). What better way to start off with than by baking bread, and Dorie Greenspan's Bubble-Top Brioches at that? After a couple of weeks of missing out on French Fridays with Dorie, I was truly looking forward to baking these beauties!


The dough was soft, buttery and beautiful to work with. Part of the preparation method was to chill the dough in the fridge for at least 2 hours after the first rising, slapping it down every half hour or so until it no longer rises so actively. Then chill it overnight to attain a perfect brioche texture. Call me weird, but that slapping part was probably the most stress-busting fun I've had in a while. The dough was so accommodating to my hard whacks, it kept bouncing gently back. So inspirational, I should carry that resilient attitude inside me throughout the year. For always, even.

Whack the dough down until you leave your mark :)

In the past, I've tried baking several versions of brioches using slightly different techniques of preparing the dough but I must admit, this was the best-textured dough I've ever made. I was worried because it was very soft, almost batter-like to start with, but I simply stuck to Dorie's instructions and suddenly, magic happened! The dough was not even as sticky as I'd anticipated, and sadly for this post, no drama whatsoever was involved in rolling it into 'bubbles'. Pretty easy.

4 to 5 bubble-tops - I was just trying to be clever ( it didn't work!).

Do check out this fab brioche recipe in Dorie's cookbook, Around My French Table. It can be made into brioche loaves too. Hmm...I wonder if any of the Doristas did just that? Find out more about their versions  of this bread here.



31 comments:

Loveforfood said...

thanks for sharing. i love the colour of your cookery set.

Kiri W. said...

Wow, these look amazing! Lovely brioches, it looks like the perfect texture, too!

Ei said...

Yum! What a great recipe to get back into the FFwD swing of things on. I've never tried any other brioche recipe, but I agree that this one was pretty easy to work with.

Linda Harding said...

Oh yummy! Can just imagine one of these out of the oven, slathered with real butter and drenched in honey. Mmmmm!

Aarthi said...

This looks yummy..You have made it awesome.

Aarthi
http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Yes they were puffy like powder puffs, weren't they? LOVED these and I love your extra bubble :)

Torviewtoronto said...

Looks wonderful i haven't made it before will check the link
regards

Elin said...

Maya....your brioches look lovely with four balls instead of three :p lovely. I love them too...soft and buttery and springy at the same time :) Lovely !

Pacheco Patty said...

Lovely broiche rolls, it's always good to try having fun when you bake, these turned out perfect and with tea, yum! Thanks for your comment on my post this morning, must have been middle of the night for me and day for you, lol, I can never keep that time difference straightened out! Anyway, welcome back after a small break, you did pick a good recipe to get started back;-)

Sandra said...

mmm Delicious stuff! Love how your photos look!
Have a wonderful New Year, Maya! xoxo

RavieNomNoms said...

Those look wonderful! I am such a sucker for any kind of roll

oneexpatslife said...

What a darling breakfast set! And it looks like your rolls came out perfect as well. Congrats.

Happy New Year, looking forward to many delicious recipes in 2012.

4pure said...

What a great idea to make a picture of the smashing hand. It made me laugh.
Your brioche looks great.

Kathy said...

Your brioche is perfect looking! I thought this was a pretty straight forward recipe and will definitely make them again!

Cher said...

Love the chicken dishes :-)
Glad you had a drama free time making these beauties.

Joy said...

You did a wondeful job. I love brioche.

Daisy@Nevertoosweet said...

Very yummy bread!!! I've never had the courage to make bread at home so i love all your bread posts it gives me hope and courage that one day I'll also be able to make bread hehe

I'd love the slapping part of it too hahaha I'm always finding ways to release my stress and anger :)

Lemons and Anchovies said...

Your brioches look great, too! Happy New Year!

S.V. said...

I've been seeing lots of these bubble top brioches today it's killing me they look so good. They do look fantastic and I would think I would enjoy slapping down some dough as well. :)

Spicie Foodie said...

Yay, your first 2012 post :) They look absolutely perfect. I loved the photo with your hand print. Actually never knew that the repeated "pounding" would still have them rising. Yeah, good sample to live by :) I have been having the strongest urge to back some bread. Not necessarily a sweet bread but more along the line of these bricoches. Will hunt that recipe down.

Adriana said...

These were fantastic! Rolling the little dough balls may have been boring but they were definitely fun to eat.

lola said...

Your brioche look great! 3 balls, 4 balls why not?

Marie said...

Why not four balls? And why not five? Or using this dough to make monkey bread? It's so nice when people are creative!

Susan said...

Beautiful! I agree - the texture was almost velvety!

Enjoy your weekend!

Elaine said...

I would have enjoyed the slapping much more if it hadn't been late and I hadn't been so tired. They look just as good with 4 bubbles as 3.

Jenny (VintageSugarcube) said...

Did they melt in your mouth? My mom use to make those exact rolls and they were always my fave. Happy, happy New Year again and sooo looking forward to more from you. xoxoxoxo

Betsy said...

Love the chicken set! Looks like a successful return to FFwD. I loved these rolls. Happy New Year!

wok with ray said...

Those bread look beautiful and delicious. Happy New Year, Maya!

the [sugar] apothecary said...

Mmmmmm! How did you know I've had brioche-baking on my mind for weeks now?! This definitely looks like the way to go... especially if Dorie condones stress-relief in the form of brioche boxing :) They look fantastic, I can only imagine the glorious buttery smell.

Christy said...

Great photos - love the blue rooster. I thought these were divine, and such a great way to start FFWD in 2012. I think the powder puff is a good description - leave it to a 7 year old!

Lilly said...

OMG OMG OMG I need to make these!!! Forget about my new year goal. NO need to loose any weight =)

Related Posts with Thumbnails