Appetizers

Best Brioche Bread

Prep Time: 4 hr, 30 min Cook Time: 40 min Total Time: 5 hr, 10 min Difficulty: Medium Servings: 1 loaf Source: Linda Babel

Ingredients

  • 250 grams bread flour (approximately 1 1/2 cups)
  • 12 grams sugar (approximately 1 tablespoon)
  • 8 grams or 1 packet dry yeast (1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 125 grams unsalted butter (1 stick) cold, cut into 8 pieces

Description

Rich, light brioche, baked in a large can, to achieve a cylindrical shape. Recipe is designed for a heavy duty stand mixer with a dough hook.

Directions

Prepare the can: Use a large, clean can, 46 oz, the size often used for tomato or pineapple juice, that has had the top removed. Using a can opener, punch a few holes in the bottom of the can. Using a pastry brush, butter the inside and bottom of the can very well. Cut a 14” x 15” sheet of parchment paper and butter it well. Insert it into the can, unbuttered side pressed against the inside of the can, smoothing the paper along the sides of the can, Tie cotton string around the collar to keep the collar from opening when the dough rises. that you have a paper cylinder taller than the can.

Place oven rack as low as it will go. Make sure parchment collar doesn’t touch heating elements. Preheat oven to 350.

Add flour, sugar, salt and yeast to a large mixing bowl, and use the dough hook attachment. Use the dough hook to mix 1 egg at a time, at medium speed. Next, add the cold sliced butter. Mix at medium speed with dough hook, approximate 20 min., until dough is uniformly smooth and somewhat glossy. The dough will cling to the hook, pulling cleanly from the side of the bowl.

Place dough in a large buttered bowl, cover and allow to rise until doubled in size.

Gently punch dough down. With buttered hands, gently funnel dough into prepared can.

Cover dough, and allow dough to rise again, doubling in size.

Bake in preheated oven, 40-45 minutes.

Cool on rack for 10 minutes, then carefully pull loaf from pan, using collar. Remove collar when cool.

Bread with Tuscan Dipping Seasoning

Appetizers, Bread

Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 20 min Total Time: 25 min Difficulty: Easy Servings: 4

Ingredients

¼ cup of olive oil, 2 Tablespoons of Tuscan Bread Dipping Seasoning, crusty Italian bread

Directions

  • Mix olive oil and seasoning together in a small serving bowl
  • Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes
  • Serve and dip bread into mixture.

Za’atar with Pita Bread

Appetizers, Bread

Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 2 min Total Time: 7 min Difficulty: Easy Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil,
  • 2 Tablespoons Za’atar,
  • Warm pita bread

Directions

  • Mix olive oil and Za’atar together in a small serving bowl
  • Warm up pita bread
  • Dip bread into mixture