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Making Brioche
Inspired by a movie
 
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My husband and I, when we first met discovered our love for old musicals. The first movie we talked about with each other over the phone, while watching, was ‘The King and I‘. Still, one of our all time favorites.
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Last week, I checked out ‘An American in Paris‘ from our local library. I have always loved this movie.Set in France, beautiful songs and dancing by Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, who is still making movies today. This was Leslie Caron’s first movie, Gene Kelly had noticed her some three years earlier, when she was 17 as she was dancing in a production with a local French ballet company.
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In a few of the scenes in this movie, Gene Kelly is being served Cafe’ Au Lait with warm Brioche…I have never made Brioche before, so I thought I’d give it a try.
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A rich bread recipe containing eggs and butter, Brioche is a bread that can be served alone with butter or frosted.
Today, I am enjoying a lovely Brioche with hot coffee and cream. 
 
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Now, to go along with the movie inspiration, I chose creamy white dishes
 
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- I wish I had a Cafe’ Au’ Lait set like the one used in the movie. So beautiful!
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Just look at those beautiful Brioche. I didn’t do a good job getting the button top – but, I so loved
this recipe that I know I’ll make it again. This bread is so versatile.
 
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You can serve the bread as is – with a pat of butter, as in the movie. 
 
 
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You can take these lovely, slightly sweet rolls an
d make them all the more sweet by adding icing.
 

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Do you like musicals…have you ever made Brioche.
 
Brioche
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The Sponge
  1. 1/3 cup whole milk
  2. 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
The Dough
  1. 1/3 cup sugar
  2. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  3. 4 large eggs lightly beaten, room temperature
  4. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (approximately)
  5. 6 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
Instructions
  1. Put the milk, yeast, egg and one cup of the flour in the bowl of a mixer. Mix just until blended with a rubber spatula. Sprinke the remaining flour over the sponge. Set the sponge aside to rest uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes. After this resting, the flour covering the top will crack, indicating that the sponge is progressing as it should. Add the sugar, salt, eggs, and one cup of the flour to the sponge. Using the bread hook begin to mix the sponge on low for one minute or two, just until the ingredients come together. While continuing to mix add an additional 1/2 cup of flour. Once the flour is incorporated bring the mixer speed to medium for 15 minutes stopping only to scrape down the sides. During this time, the dough should form, coming together and slapping the sides of the mixing bowl as the dough hook spins. To mix in the butter, it must be of a similar consistency as the dough. To accomplish this you can put it in plastic wrap and beat it with a rolling pin, or using a dough scraper blend it back and forth until smooth and soft. Now slowly add the butter to the dough a couple tablespoons at a time. The dough will look like it is separating, don't worry. That's normal. When all the butter has been added, increase the speed of the mixer to medium-high for one minute. Reduce the speed to medium and beat the dough for five minutes. Clean the sides of the bowl as you go. If the dough doesn't look like it is coming together, add one to two tablespoons of flour. When the dough is ready, it will be somewhat cool, soft and slightly sticky.
  2. First Rise: Transfer the dough to a very large buttered bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  3. Second Rise and Chill: deflate the dough by placing your fingers underneath and lifting the dough and allow it to fall back. Repeat this process all round the bowl lifting and dropping the dough back into the bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough overnight. Now the dough is ready to be used for brioche recipes. To bake, divide the dough into three loaves or into rolls. Once prepared on greased cookie sheet, cover with plastic and allow to rise again for two hours until doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly brush each loaf with beaten egg. Bake the dough for 30 minutes. Cool at room temperature on a rack. This dough can be used for sweet rolls or fruit pizza as well.
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  1. Hi Kathy,
    What a charming post! I really enjoy a good musical but my hubby doesn’t care for them. It’s nice that you and your hubby share that interest. I have never made Brioche. My bread making days are over, I’m afraid, but yours certainly looks good. Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea today. Have a lovely week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  2. Hello Kathy
    I think your Brioche turned out pretty good, I’ve bought it but never attempted to make it myself.
    As for musicals, I think hubby and I have watched most of the old ones and enjoy seeing them on stage too. Our summer theatre tickets are always 2 plays and 2 musicals. The year they did Patsy Cline’s life with her music everyone in the audience was sobbing.
    Thanks for hosting,
    Judith

  3. Hi Kathy. That’s a favorite movie of ours as well…and I LOVE brioche but have never been brave enough to try to make them. Yours turned out beautifully! I love the rich flavor! Thanks for sharing your culinary expertise (and masterpiece, in my opinion) and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea.
    Ruth

  4. Your website looks fantastic! Everyone will love your new look!

  5. Kathy:

    I did not see your link in my sidebar anymore so I retyped it back in both ways and it won’t show – could this be on your end or have I messed something up???

    Bernideen

  6. Oh, goodness… the brioche looks divine! Cup of tea coming up!

  7. Hi Kathy. What a lovely idea to make brioche and imitate the scene from that movie. I know I’ve never seen the movie nor eaten brioche but I think I should do both some day. Blessings, Pamela

  8. I love this bread. My sons love to have it with anything on it! Thanks for hosting!
    Sherry

  9. The bread looks very interesting and sounds so good. I’ll have to save the recipe to try when whe get back home. Sounds perfect for a cold day, warm bread! Your whites look so lovely along with the bread, very inviting. Thank you for hosting your weekly party and have a wonderful week!
    Nancy

  10. Your brioche looks very good! You have some truly lovely photos here too. Have a great week!

  11. I haven’t seen that movie in ages. The brioche looks delicious.

  12. You are making my mouth water, just looking at this beautiful Brioche. A perfect delicacy to enjoy with tea.

  13. Hi Kathy,
    you catched the spirit of the scene very well. Your white breakfast set is much more elegant than the set in the movie. And your brioche look really very authentic and yummy. Thank you for sharing this inspiring pictures and the fabulous idea. And thanks for hosting this delightful party.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  14. Hello Kathy, Mmmmmmm, that looks so tasty! I have not had Brioche in a very long time. I enjoyed reading about the movie, I know I have seen it, but it has been a long time and my memory is very short! lol! I will have to look it up on Netflicks and re acquaint myself. Thank you for the reminder.
    Again, a very romantic post! I do love coming to visit you.
    Hugs,
    Terri

  15. Kathy: So how everything feels so peaceful when I visit you. I love that about your blog. Regardless of what beauties you share, peace always prevails. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  16. Hi Kathy,
    Your brioche looks delicious with coffee! I haven’t made Brioche but I would love to try. I love musicals too! My husband & I went to see Les Miserables a month ago and I loved it! Thanks for hosting and have a lovely week.
    Hugs,
    Lisa

  17. Oh this looks soooooooo yummy and your tablesetting is lovely. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  18. Mmmm, looks so good. Perfect with coffee too.
    Mary Alice

  19. Making brioche was on my 2011 list of things I want to learn how to do, but I never got around to it. Your brioche rolls look fantastic, Kathy. They look just like the ones I order @ PJ’s coffee in New Orleans! I love how they’re slightly sweet. Perfect for mornings! Your post is so pretty. Thanks for sharing it with us, and I love old movies, too.

    xo,
    RJ

  20. Hi Kathy, oh these look delicious! No, I have never tried making them. Didn’t know that’s what they were called. I think you did a great job. I love musicals. Funny Girl is one of my all time favorites. Hubby will watch them with me, but not his fav. Thanks so much for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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