Tear and Share Brioche with Baked Camembert.
Look at that bad boy!!! It emerged from the oven glorious and magnificently beating it’s chest for all to see. A Henry the VIII of a Brioche. Unfortunately there was only my friend Kate and I, but both of us were suitably impressed and exclaimed loudly for five minutes which I know made me feel very accomplished and must have made the Brioche very proud. What a wonderful thing to set before a crowd of friends or family, perfect for a party or any special occasion………or indeed any reason you can possibly think of at all ever just to find the excuse to serve up this devilishly handsome beauty.
Last week I was looking for( as always) easy to prepare ahead, gorgeous food for a crowd, one of my most favourite things to do and it helps me stay off the wine which starts calling endlessly at about 5pm. It’s either this or craft so don’t judge too harshly…….. Anyway I found this, I have never baked Brioche before and I usually always go wrong the first time with everything but this was SIMPLE. You make the dough the night before in your food mixer with a dough hook, leave overnight in fridge and mould to shape the next day before leaving to puff up and bake…… and OMG they were as delicious as you can possibly imagine. So light, eggy, sweet and rich and quite frankly one of the best things I have ever baked. Not only can you more than half prepare it the night before, but it is incredibly yummy in a I will remember this Brioche tear and share for ever kind of way, just what you want your party to be full of. Well that and Wine…….
Now I do feel obliged to mention that as I dwell in the waiting room of Perimenopause and notice amongst many other hideous and deeply alarming changes, my metabolic rate slowing down to the speed of a snail with an under active thyroid. I am also aware that this bake has the calories to keep me going for two years, three months and ten days. It seems damn cruel that when sleep evades once again and the night sweats are at their most sweaty, the fridge that offers so much solace is also the harbinger of the dreaded middle aged spread. ……..But this time and for this Brioche………. I say…….”Lay that platter before me”…..
Brioche Bun Recipe.
I was inspired by a recipe of Kimberley Wilson’s that I found on BBC Good Food website. I wanted the party food tear and share brioche buns without the stuffing and fiddly bits. The result is this stupendous simple brioche bun recipe that will knock your socks off ………He is not cliquey either. He is more than happy to be paired up with any number of food partners. Pate, Salmon Mousse, Cheesy Dips. He is a people pleaser and everyone just adores him. The absolute perfect party guest.
The real boon of this dish is that you are making it the night before your party. You can indeed make it a day or two ahead. All that is required nearer the time, probably two hours before you want to serve it, is that you are available to turn your attention to it for perhaps thirty minutes. It is in that time that you need to roll out all the bun balls into your circles and then leave it alone somewhere cosy to wonderfully puff up. Freeing you up to complete that devastating party look …..
Tear and share Brioche with Baked Camembert
This Brioche recipe is both light and incredibly delicious to eat. Served with baked Camembert is a centrepiece fit for a King.
- 4 large eggs
- 20 ml of milk
- 350 g of strong white bread flour
- 7 g sachet of fast yeast
- 30 g of caster sugar
- 200 g of unsalted butter cubed and softened
- 1 beaten egg
- 1 250 g Camembert
- 5 g salt
- sprigs of rosemary to push into cheese before baking
Whisk eggs and milk into a jug.Put all the dry ingredients into the bowl of your food mixer and combine with a dough hook.
On a medium setting pour in the egg and milk mix until combined.
Add the butter and mix for about ten mins until the dough clings around the dough hook.It is very wet in the beginning but eventually becomes a dough.
Cover with clingfilm in the bowl and refrigerate overnight.
Take the dough out of the fridge and divide the dough into 5 pieces and each of those into five. I weighed mine roughly out .Roll into balls between your hands.
Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper or non stick lining and put the wooden cheese box in the middle and arrange around it-10 balls in the inner ring and 15 on the outer. Leave about 1/2 a cm between each roll to allow them to double in size. Allow to puff up significantly-this can take up to an hour and a half sometimes. Brush with the eggwash.
Put the cheese in the middle and bake in a preheated 180 C oven until they are gloriously burnished for 15/20 mins.
Apply to IT GIRL Face.
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