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Lazy Gender Free Brioche


This recipe is a synthesis of two recipes. I like this recipe because you don’t have to use the mixer. The technique is based on what I saw on Cooks Illustrated. Except I don’t enjoy eating that much butter, and the recipe is based on Floyds Lazy Mans Brioche.



500g bread flour

250g milk

2 eggs

50g sugar

15g instant yeast

5g salt

1 stick (113g) unsalted butter, diced


1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Egg Wash

1 egg

a pinch of salt

a teaspoon water


500g bread flour (approx 3 1/2cup)

250g cool milk (approx 1 1/4cup)

2 eggs

50g sugar (approx 1/4cup)

15g instant yeast (2 tsp)(note 1 packet is 2 1/4 tsp)

5g salt (1 tsp)

1 stick (113g) unsalted butter, diced (cold)


The technique comes from a Cooks Illustrated Recipe

Mix flour salt and yeast together.

Mix eggs milk and sugar together. Melt and let butter cool a bit , then whisk in butter to egg mixture.

Then combine with flour mixture. Mix up thoroughly . Let stand 10 minutes


Stetch Fold and turn in Bowl at 30 minute intervals 4 times. Cover tightly put in refridgerate for 16 to 48 hours.



Then I followed what Floyd did


except I made my rolls 2.75 ounces, so that they would be easier to release from the pan.


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This my latest attempt on a leftover dual started bread that came out so good I promise to make it again and record what I did. I was very pressed for time so it could have used a longer proofing time ! The truth always is evident in the crumbshot.

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Lately I have been messing about with keeping things very simple, and adding lecithin to my doughs to make them softer.

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This looks so interesting I am going to post it. You may get  a pesky pop up ad sorry about that!

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pecan cherry breadWell typically I make hybrid breads using commercial yeast and my starter. Earlier this month  during a thrift store jaunt I picked up a used dutch oven, and I decided that I wanted to to test it out by revisiting my old nemesis Sourdough bread. 

So I pulled the starter out of the fridge and fed it twice  over a period of 12 hours, with flour and water; its been warm here . In the second feeding I also added a small amount of cornmeal.  I let that set overnight. Then the next day I added some sprouted wheat berries that I ground up in the bullet blender with some water. I let it rest somewhere but I dont remember how long. Then I added some more flour.  And I let it rest. Finally I added some pecans, salt and cherries. I let this proof in the refrigerator for a 90 minutes.I slashed it It could have been longer I preheated the pot and the top in the 450  Fahrenheit degee oven then I carefully unloaded the bread without burning myself!


But it is actually edible!

Happy Challidays to All My Fresh Loaf Virtual Friends

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.wild rice roll This is a shot of the wild rice and onion rolls I made for yesterday.

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I have come to the conclusion that soaking the flour over night just makes bread much tastier. NOW if I could only remember to record all the amounts and ingredients I put in!

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I made some bread yesterday. As always I started with approximate measurements and then went off on a tangent.

Monday Night

So I took 2 cups of white whole wheat flour, 1/2 c rye, 1/2 c corn meal, 1/2 cup buckwheat flour and mixed it up with enough preboiled tap water at room temperature to make a gloppy pudding like consistency.


I added bread flour, yeast, a beaten egg, and some cocoa mix that I am trying to use up. Perhaps I was abit lacking in the stretching and folding it  but I figured it was good enough. The bread came out pretty good. I am convinced that presoaking the flours is the secret to a tasty loaf.

Slit the tops, Baked it in two loaf pans at 375. for 47 minutes.

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A friend had never used the dough hook on his kitchenaid and wanted to try making bread. So the night before we made a poolish for him, and we spent the day creating two simple loaves.


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