Thursday, August 18, 2011

Homemade Brioche and Fig Jam

Hey there!  How is everyone?  Our summer vacation has come to an end which means the kids are back in school.  For me, that means a bit of adjusting and a little sadness.  I really miss my kids during the day when they head back to school.  We spend so much time together during the summer and I enjoy it so much that I really dislike the beginning of another school year.

So today, I decided to do something that always makes me happy because it brings up such special memories with my youngest, who loves to be in the kitchen with me.  When he was younger, he loved to help me bake bread and we had so much fun together in the kitchen. 

Brioche is a favorite of my kids and a bread that is hard to find where I live so several years ago, I learned how to bake it myself with a lot of practice.  I follow Ina Garten's recipe for brioche rolls and just make loaves out of it and let me tell ya, if you have a stand mixer, it isn't hard at all.  It also freezes perfectly so I put a loaf in the freezer for later.

You throw the ingredients into your mixer the night before and after the dough is all kneaded and gooey, put it into a large buttered bowl and stick it in the refrigerator for the night.  The next day, let that sit at room temperature for an hour.  Divide in half, shape each half into a 6" x 8" rectangle and roll up.  Place each one seam side up in two greased loaf pans.
Let them rise for a few hours till doubled in volume.
Then brush with an egg wash, which is one egg and 1 tablespoon of milk mixed together.  It will make the top of the bread golden and beautiful.
My bread was perfectly risen but when I went to brush on the egg wash, I guess I wasn't gentle enough with the pastry brush cause it deflated the bread a bit.  So after it baked, I had flat top bread.  :)  But, it's all good, it still tastes the same.
I took this outside this afternoon for a quiet little snack by myself on this cute little rattan tray with matching cloche.  If you haven't tried this fig jam, you definitely should.  It's so good!  And it went perfectly with the warm brioche.  My kids will be so excited to see this yummy treat when they get home from school today and I will be so happy to see their smiling faces! 

Have a great day!

7 comments:

  1. Ina, The Barefoot Contessa, is my IDOL! So you rock girl. I've been wanting to try this, but my hips say I shouldn't! Looks wonderful and I may cave any day now.

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  2. Yummy! That would be great with my hot tea this morning. :-)

    Let's get together soon.

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  3. I can almost taste it. Yum! I agree with you, it is sad when the children go back to school...but I love it when they get home and our home is filled with noise. You are such a sweet momma...and I am sure they loved your bread. Do you make French toast with leftovers...if there is any? Love to you!

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  4. I will try that. It is sad when summer is over. I'm a teacher and that means in a week I will be back : ( We have that jam @ or local store and it is our favorite especially my husband !

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  5. That fig jam is DELICIOUS! But it's also pretty durn expensive where I've found it. I recently discovered a jar five times the size at my neighborhood ethnic grocery store. For a 1/4 of the price. AND, it's just as good. I've pretty much been eating it every day. It's amazing on bread, as you know, with a hard aged cheddar. Or Monchego. I posted a recipe the other day for a grilled fig jam and brie sammie. Amazingly good.

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  6. That bread looks mighty fine. I used to make bread with my standing mixer...the texture was awesome. Thanks for the reminder.

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