Step by step recipe:
- 5 min.
- 15 min.Knead for 15 minutes.
- 1 hourGather the dough more-or-less into a ball and cover the bowl with plastic film. Leave to rest for 1 hour at room temperature.
- 5 min.Once the butter is in the right shape, put it in the fridge.
- 3 min.After the dough has rested for about an hour, "break" it: lift it and let it fall back heavily into the bowl (like knocking back a firmer dough, this releases the gas).
- 12 hoursGather the dough into a ball once more, cover the bowl with the plastic film again and refrigerate overnight.
- 3 min.
- 5 min.Roll out the brioche dough into a large rectangle. This needs to be the same width as the square of butter and twice as long.
- 1 min.Place the butter in the centre of the dough and remove the plastic.
- 4 min.Fold the dough over the butter to envelope it completely.
- 5 min.Turn the dough through 90° (1/4 turn) and roll out.
Sprinkle half the mixed sugars over the dough and press in lightly with the rolling pin so that the sugar sticks to the dough somewhat.
- 5 min.Fold the ends of the dough into the centre over the sugar, then fold in half again.
Give another 1/4 turn and roll out. Repeat the operation with the remaining sugar.
- Watch this video from the croissants recipe to see how to fold the dough.
- 3 min.Give the dough a final 1/4 turn and roll out into a long rectangle.
- 5 min.Roll the dough up from a long edge to make long roll.
- 3 min.Use a brush and egg glaze to seal along the "seam".
- 5 min.Cur the roll into slices about 1/2 inch (1 cm) thick.
- 5 min.Arrange the slices in a spring-form tin or mould, but not too tightly, as they will swell during resting and cooking.
- 1 hourBrush the tops, and the sides if possible, with beaten egg glaze.
Leave in a warm place to rest for 1 hour.
- 3 min.Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).
Glaze the top a second time.
- 40 min.Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
This must be turned out hot, before the caramel sets in the bottom of the tin.
Your brioche is ready.
Remarks:This brioche can be cut in the normal way but, as you can see, it is ideal for serving in "rustic" fashion, by simply pulling off pieces.
For a fancier version, more like little cookies, make a slimmer roll of dough and slice it thinner (about 1/4 inch, 1/2 cm). The amounts in the recipe will then make 2 brioches rather than just one.
It is important to use granulated sugar, as it absorbs less water from the dough and the butter than caster sugar. You will be less likely to end up with liquid in the bottom of the tin at step 19.