Sourdough Brioche 2017- que ce que ça cloche!

Brioche time. Brioche is basically super rich bread with eggs and butter. Sourdough brioches are pretty to easy to make but they do require time and patience. This recipe is not too sweet as it uses honey. You can use 35 grammes of sugar instead.  The inspiration for the recipe is from here and here.

I haven’t made brioche since last year. Last year I used orange sugar which I think was a nice touch and really the only redeeming feature of the brioches that I made. Looking back on the post there has definitely been great strides and progress made in 1 year.

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This year brioches are definitely looking a lot better and are much fluffier and just much more brioche-y.

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This recipe’s use of butter is definitely reminiscent of the chef Gary Rhodes whose oft-repeated phrase is add another spoon of butter.

 

 

 

Eggwash notes: I used the egg white and milk for convenience since the recipe calls for one yolk. But if you want a different effect on the brioche you can go to epicurious or cooksinfo website that really get into the ins and out of all the different types of eggwash.

Ingredients

  • 230g bread flour
  • 270g all purpose flour
  • 50g honey
  • 10g salt
  • 3 + 1yolk eggs
  • 250g starter
  • 300g room temperature butter
  • 200g milk
  • 1/2 zest of lemon

Recipe

  1. Cut the butter in small 1cm pieces and leave out to soften
  2. Mix all ingredient in a bowl except the butter –  milk + lemon zest +honey+ eggs+ flour + starter. Keep the egg white from the 4th egg as you will use it later for the egg wash
  3. Mix well, let it rest for 15min and mix well again.
  4. +butter. Mix gently until all the butter is incorporated. You should massage it in but I ended up mixing it in the kitchen aid and it seem to be alright. The dough should have a nice shine to it.
  5. Put in a covered container and leave in the fridge for 24 hours.
  6. On a lightly floured surface shape the dough and in your baking tins.
  7. Final rise should be at room temperature for 3 hours.IMG_6616IMG_6619
  8. preheat the oven at 215Cº
  9. prepare the egg wash 3 tablespoons of milk + egg white and mix vigorously.
  10. gently brush the egg wash on the brioche doughbrioche raising
  11. Bake for 25min for medium shape brioche, until the top are nice and golden black.

Tadah!

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No Knead seeded oatmeal sourdough

I have just totally given up on kneading. So this loaf is a no-knead variation of the seeded multigrain that I have done earlier. I also took a bit of inspiration from Ginger&bread’s rye and spelt recipe, those rye berries look really great.

I used unhulled hemp seed because I bought way too much and never used them. I have no idea in fact why I originally bought them. Unhulled hemp seeds are a bit weird, super hard and just no recipe uses them. They do work really well with this bread.

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The soaker ingredient aftre 30 min. The longer you leave them to soak the better. Soaker ingredients really pop up once mixed in the dough.

 The combination of the hempseed and linseed with the oats and the rye flour really makes this loaf hearty and delicious.

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The bread is still quite bubbly. The texture and taste of it is really enjoyable. The hempseed and linseed gives it a pleasurable crunch.

Soaker ingredients

  • 85g hemp seed and linseed
  • 70g oats
  • 90g hot boiling water

Final Dough Ingredients

  • 350g water
  • 180g starter
  • 240g white bread flour
  • 100 wholemeal flour
  • 175g rye flour
  • 12g salt
  • soaker ingredients

Recipe

  1. In a small bowl mix all the soaker ingredient and leave for at least 30min 
  2. In a small cup add 10g of hot water and dissolve the salt. Leave to cool.
  3. In a large bowl add the rest of the water + the starter and mix to dissolve.
  4. + add the flour + soaker ingredient + the now tepid 10g salt water 
  5. Mix until combined
  6. Cover with a plastic freezer bag and leave in the fridge for 20 hours.
  7. Scoop out your dough on a clean floured surface shape your dough. The seams bottom down, push down and rotate your shaped dough to close the seams on the bottom.
  8.  And leave the dough at room temperature for another 2 hours. Preheat the oven at 260C˚ with the Dutch Oven inside. Leave the dutch oven for a least 30 min at 260C˚.
  9. Slash the top and Bake at 260C˚ for about 30mins with the lid on. Take off the lid and lower the temperature to 230C˚ for another 15min.
  10. Take it out of the oven and let cool for an hour.

No knead Lemon thyme and nigella seeds basic sourdough

Continuing my little love affair with no knead sourdoughs, I sort of back testing all my old recipe with the no knead method. This is absolutely fantastic, it is so quick to basically dump all the ingredients and do nothing (which is really what I do best). I am seeing the no knead light and running towards it.

So the “bakers percentage” which is basically the proportions of all the ingredients is the same as the rosemary loaf that I made a while back. I changed rosemary to lemon thyme (using what herbs I had in the fridge) and nigella seed (bought a huge bag for really cheap from a local Lebanese shop). These have both a light lemon zing taste that a very subtle to the bread.

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I alos switch percentage betweem the wholemeale and white flour (was running out of white flour). This made it much more of a wholemeal bread. and so it is a much heavier bread but still really lovely and full of taste.

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A bit of close up and you can see bubble and holes everywhere. So this is a denser bread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 380g water
  • 100g sourdough starter
  • 400g of stoneground whole wheat flour
  • 100g organic strong white flour
  • 10g (1 Tbsp) salt
  • 2 sprigs of Rosemary
  • 2tbsp of nigella seeds

Recipe

  1. In a small cup add 10g of hot water and dissolve the salt. Leave to cool.
  2. In a large bowl add 370g of water + the starter and mix to dissolve.
  3. + add the flour + nigella seeds + thyme + the now tepid 10g salt water 
  4. Mix until combined
  5. Cover with a plastic freezer bag and leave in the fridge for 20 hours.
  6. Scoop out your dough on a clean floured surface shape your dough. The seams bottom down, push down and rotate your shaped dough to close the seams.
  7.  And leave the dough at room temperature for another 2 hours. Preheat the oven at 260C˚ with the Dutch Oven inside. Leave the dutch oven for a least 30 min at 260C˚.
  8. Slash the top and Bake at 260C˚ for about 30mins with the lid on. Take off the lid and lower the temperature to 230C˚ for another 15min.
  9. Take it out of the oven and let cool for an hour.