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Brioche

megsan's picture
megsan

Brioche

Has anyone ever made a sourdough brioche? Am interested in giving one a go but don't want to work blind!

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mwilson

Yeah, everytime I make Panettone, Pandoro or Colomba...

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megsan

Thanks mwilson, any chance of getting a recipe from you? Thanks!

 

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mwilson

What is the nature of your starter. how active is it? does double, triple, quadrule in how many hours and at what temp?

All my recipes use a 50% hydration starter that triples in 4hrs at 28C.

 

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mwilson

recipe:

25% sourdough (firm)
100% flour (half bread, half plain)
1% Malt
70% whole egg 
12% sugar
3% honey 
1.5% salt
70% butter 

how much do you want to make?

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nicodvb

to substitute egg whites with whiole milk? egg whites dry out the dough.

mwilson's picture
mwilson

Good advice. I have recently wondered about this after seeing this result a couple of times...

Cheers Nico

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clazar123

I know it says "Pannetton" but I actually based it on my Brioche recipe and added the fruit/flavorings. So-don't add the fruit or flavorings and you have a great brioche recipe using sourdough as a base.  (Brioche au Levain) I am not a purist, though , and actually add yeast,also, to shorten production time. There are only so many hours in a day.

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/26511/sourdough-panettone-2011finally-formula

For a variation of a yeasted brioche that is quite delicious:

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/20623/pumpkin-brioche-dough-based-lazy-man039s-brioche

If you want a very simple but effective recipe using commercial yeast, Floyd's recipe just works! I have used it literally dozens of time over the last few years.

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/lazymansbrioche

The search box on this site works pretty well so take a look around if these aren't what you want.

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megsan

Thanks everyone for your posts. This is all wonderful and very appreciated. I had done some searching yesterday and found the Lazy Mans Brioche and going to give this a try maybe this weekend. I love your panettone recipe clazar123! Going to use this one too! I am fairly new to sourdough so it is wonderful to have some help! After reading through as many posts as I could about everyones starters I think mine would be classed as 100% hydration. I am time poor as I work outside the home full time, but I am trying to do as much as I can with it when home. And I am totally addicted! This becomes a real passion! My problem with recipes is I prefer to work with cups or weights, not the percentages. I find that difficult to calculate. But once again thanks for your time to post recipes. It is lovely to be part of a network of like minded people.

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thomaschacon (not verified)

I usually post about Jean-Louis Palladin's brioche.

I call it the brioche to end all brioches.

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/24832/brioche-suggestions-improving#comment-182538

(Every one of Thomas Keller's books republishes Jean-Louis Palladin's brioche recipe, and Keller's no slouch for perfection.)

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I haven't succeeded making brioche with sourdough, but I can't say I've tried it more than once or twice. I've had enough problems with commercial yeast leavening! I imagine you'd need one strident starter to make a successful go of it.

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Does brioche really benefit from sourdough? I'd think the subtleties sourdough imparts would be lost on such a rich dough.

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clazar123

All good dough has subtleties and sourdough is just one way of achieving that. A good fermentation with any  yeast ( natural levain or commercial yeast) can give great results and brioche is no exception.

There is a common misconception that using sourdough as the levain automatically imparts a sour flavor to the final loaf. It depends on how the starter is maintained. All my breads are sweet,subtley flavored loaves with no sourness at all.

I bake on weekends but start the prep on Thursday evening. Thursday PM I take my starter out of the refrigerator and do a discard and feeding. Friday Am I do the same.This is usually enough to activate my starter for use. Friday PM I make a preferment with 1 c water,1 c AP flour and a few tablespoons of my active starter. Mix and sit overnight til Saturday Am when I make my dough, using this preferment. I've adapted my recipes to this method to get the maximum flavor. If I am strapped for time, I add instant yeast to reduce production time.

Do what works and have delicious fun!