This Brioche Bread, Braided Egg Bread, is a delicious French egg bread that will remind you more of a pastry. Especially great for making French toast. Broiche Bread is a traditional Easter bread served in France.
- 1/3 cup warm water (110 degrees F.)
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 egg yolks, room temperature
- 1/2 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup almonds, slivered
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups bread flour
- 3 teaspoons instant active dry yeast
- Seeds, nuts, oats, etc. (optional toppings)
- 1 egg yolk, beaten
- 1 tablespoon water
Prepare the bread according to your choice of techniques below.
Bread Machine Instructions: Place all ingredients except Egg Glaze in bread pan of your bread machine. Process according to manufacturer's instructions for a dough setting. Do not be afraid to open the lid and check the dough. It should form a nice elastic ball. If you think the dough is too moist, add additional flour (a tablespoon at a time). The same is true if the dough is looking dry and gnarly. Add warm water (a tablespoon at a time).
If you can not judge your dough by looking, stick your finger in and feel the dough. It should be slightly tacky to the touch. When the bread machine has completed the dough cycle, remove the dough from the pan to a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough several times and form the dough into an oval; cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
Stand Up Mixer Instructions: In a large bowl or in the bowl of a 5-quart stand mixer, add all the ingredients except the Egg Glaze. Using a dough hook, mix all the ingredients together into a uniform dough. It should form a nice elastic ball. If you think the dough is too moist, add additional flour (a tablespoon at a time). The same is true if the dough is looking dry and gnarly. Add warm water (a tablespoon at a time).
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until elastic, about 15 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
After resting, turn dough bottom side up and press to flatten. For a three-strand braid, divide the dough into three pieces. Roll out the pieces into long strands and attach them at the top. To braid, take the right strand and bring it over the middle one. Then, take the left strand and bring that over the middle. Continue to do this, outside over middle, until you reach the end. Bring the strands together and tuck them under. Place on a jelly roll pan dusted with cornmeal. Cover and place in a warm spot to rise, approximately 30 minutes.
Place on a baking sheet dusted with cornmeal or covered with a silpad; cover and place in a warm spot to rise for approximately 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Oven Rising: Sometimes I use my oven for the rising. Turn the oven on for a minute or so, then turn it off again. This will warm the oven and make it a great environment for rising bread. If you can nott comfortably press your hand against the inside of the oven door, the oven is too hot. Let it stand open to cool a bit.
Cool or Refrigerator Rise: If I don't have the time to wait for the rise to finish or I know that I will be interrupted before the completed rise, I do a cool rise. A cool rise is when the dough is place in the refrigerator and left to rise slowly over night approximately 8 to 12 hours. I usually do this after the first rise and the dough has been shaped into a loaf.
After rising, brush the top of the dough with the Egg Glaze. Top with your topping choices (if desired).
Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.
Makes 1 large braided loaf.
In a small bowl, combine egg yolk and water until combined.
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Source: Photo from Poupart Bakery in Lafayette, LA.