Brioche from Vendee - Chef Recipe by Gabriel Gate
Brioche from Vendee - Chef Recipe by Gabriel Gate

Brioche from Vendee - Chef Recipe by Gabriel Gate


Ingredients

"As with many cakes, this special treat of Brioche Vendéenne is usually bought at the local pâtisserie or boulangerie by French families to serve to visitors. It's served with coffee and is often dunked in the coffee. Skillful home cooks will derive great pleasure from making brioche." ~Gabriel Gaté. From the Vendée by Pierrick Boyer.

500 g (1 lb 2 oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
10 g (1/4 oz) salt
150 g (5 1/2 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
15 g (1/2 oz) dry yeast
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp orange flower water
300 g (10 1/2 oz) unsalted butter
2 egg yolks mixed with
1 Tbs water
3 Tbs sesame seeds

Method

In the bowl of an electric beater, place the flour, salt, caster sugar, dry yeast, eggs and orange flower water and beat on medium speed until it forms a smooth, elastic dough.

Reduce to low speed, add the butter bit by bit and beat until well incorporated. This takes about 10 minutes.

Remove the dough from the bowl and form it into a long piece. Place it on a baking tray lined with baking paper, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise for 2 hours.

Flatten the dough into a long rectangle and cut it into three long pieces. Roll each piece into a long baguette shape and form a plait with the three pieces of dough. Place on another baking tray lined with baking paper and leave to prove for about 1 hour in a warm place.

Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F).

Brush the risen dough lightly with the egg yolk mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes. Cool the brioche before slicing.

Credits: This is an edited extract from Délicieux by Gabriel Gaté published by Hardie Grant Books RRP $49.99 and is available in stores nationally.

Photo Credits: This is an edited extract from Délicieux by Gabriel Gaté published by Hardie Grant Books RRP $49.99 and is available in stores nationally.


More Recipes

Kunyit (Tumeric) Chicken

It’s a great dish to take to a pot luck dinner or lunch because it’s so simple to prepare and a guar...

Coffee Meringue Kisses

For all the coffee lovers out there, this recipe is that sweet treat you are sure to gain an addicti...

Twice Cooked Duck Legs, Plum Sauce and Steamed Bread - Chef Recipe by Andrew McConnell

"An interactive dish that requires some pre-thought but is easy at the serving end of the process be...