Yeasted doughs are surely not my thing. The kneading part is not something I enjoy, especially since my stand mixer broke. Yet, I love brioche and its texture and richness are sure worth the effort! Mind you, these brioche donuts sure worth the effort! They rise so much and are so fluffy! Like unbelievably fluffy! These golden brown, sugary brioche donuts are a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds. They surely made it to my top recipes and I just can’t wait for a new chance to make them.
Brioche is a type of French pastry that has a high content of egg and butter which give it richness and a tender crumb. Brioche dough is basically a bread dough to which we add sugar, flavorings and great amount of eggs and butter for both a better taste and a better texture. So brioche is a basic dough in French pastry, one that is versatile and can be made with dried fruits or chocolate chips inside or simply baked or fried as it is. I love the fact that you can be very creative once you’ve made the dough. It can be served as a dessert, but chefs have paired it with savory foods as well. It makes a great pair with foie gras or sausages for instance, but also a great support for sandwiches.
The first use of the word Brioche dates back to the XVth century when it was described as a spiced bread and it was considered a bread that was improved by generations of pastry chefs. In time however, by adding more and more eggs, butter or fruits, brioche became more of a dessert and less a bread for day-to-day use. Pate a brioche became a basic dough in French pastry and many products were developed having it as a base. Brioche became famous in 1782 when Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s autobiography was published. Between its pages, the writer states that a great princess is said to have advised, with regard to peasants not having bread to eat, “Let them eat brioche” which then became “let them eat cake”. The saying made sense back then however, because brioche was common in parishes across United Kingdom as blessed bread.
- 20g fresh yeast
- 110ml lukewarm milk
- 150g whole eggs
- 40g egg yolk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 70g white sugar
- 500g bread flour, sifted
- 3g salt
- 100g butter, softened
- Granulated or powdered sugar for serving
- Combine the milk and yeast and mix well. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes until bubbly.
- In another bowl, mix the eggs, egg yolk, vanilla, orange zest and sugar until creamy.
- Add the milk and yeast and mix well then add the butter and give it a good mix.
- Stir in the flour and salt and knead for 10 minutes on a stand mixer or 20 minutes by hand.
- Transfer the dough in a bowl slightly greased with oil and cover it with plastic wrap.
- Allow to rise at room temperature for 1 hour.
- Transfer the dough on a floured working surface and roll it into a sheet that has between 0,5 and 1cm thickness.
- Cut out round shapes using a cookie cutter.
- Cover the cut shapes with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise at room temperature for another hour until double in volume.
- Heat 2 cups of oil in a deep saucepan over medium to high flame.
- Carefully drop the cut out donuts into the hot oil, making sure that the top of each donut comes in contact with the hot oil first.
- Fry the donuts briefly on each side until they become golden brown.
- Remove the donuts on paper towels then while still warm, dust them with powdered sugar or roll them through granulated sugar.
Brioche e un aluat de baza in cofetaria frantuzeasca, un aluat foarte bogat, cu multe oua si mult unt, care a devenit in timp baza multor altor deserturi. La inceputurile sale insa brioche era pur si simplu o paine, care a fost mai apoi imbogatita cu putin unt si ou. De-a lungul timpului insa, cofetarii au inceput sa adauge si mai mult ou si unt, precum si ingrediente aromatice, obtinand ceea ce stim astazi drept brioche.
Prima folosire a cuvantului brioche dateaza din secolul al XV-lea cand era descris drept o paine condimentata. In timp insa, brioche a devenit mai degraba un desert si mai putin o paine de baza. Aluatul a devenit cunoscut in 1782 prin publicarea autobiografiei lui Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Acesta mentiona in paginile cartii o intamplare ce are in centru o printesa distinsa a vremii care ar fi afirmat "lasati-i sa manance brioche", luata la intrebari fiind asupra lipsei de paine din regat. Replica avea insa sens in contextul vremilor respective, brioche fiind impartita in regat de catre biserici ca paine binecuvantata.
Nu am fost dintotdeauna fan brioche. In general, evit aluaturi dospite, care necesita framantare indelungata. Si totusi, consider ca brioche merita efortul - ce obtii la final e atat de pufos, atat de aromat, atat de gustos! As fi putut face multe cu acest aluat, dar m-am oprit de aceasta data asupra unor simple gogosi la prima vedere. Dar cu un gust atat de bun si o pufosenie de neintrecut!
- 20g drojdie proaspata
- 120ml lapte la temperatura camerei
- 150g oua intregi
- 40g galbenus
- ½ lingurita extract de vanilie
- 1 lingurita coaja de portocala
- 70g zahar alb
- 100g unt, temperatura camerei
- 500g faina pentru paine/patiserie
- 3g sare
- zahar granulat sau pudra pentru servire
- Combinati laptele si drojdia si lasati deoparte 10 minute pana drojdia da semne de viata.
- Intr-un alt bol, amestecati ouale, galbenusul, vanilia, portocala si zaharul alb pana devin cremoase.
- Adaugati laptele, apoi untul si amestecati bine.
- Incorporati faina si sarea apoi framantati aluatul 10 minute cu un mixer sau 20 minute cu mana.
- Transferati aluatul intr-un bol usor uns cu ulei si acoperiti cu folie alimentara.
- Lasati la crescut pentru 1 ora la temperatura camerei.
- Asezati aluatul pe masa de lucru infainata si intindeti-l intr-o foaie cu o grosime intre 0,5 si 1cm.
- Taiati gogosi rotunde cu un cutter de fursecuri (sau un pahar), apoi presarati usor cu faina si acoperiti gogosile cu folie alimentara sau un servet curat.
- Lasati gogosile formate sa mai creasca la temperatura camerei inca 1 ora pana isi dubleaza volumul.
- Infierbantati 2 cani de ulei intr-un vas adanc pe foc mediu spre mare.
- Luati gogosile cu grija si dati-le drumul in uleiul fierbinte. Prajiti pe ambele parti pana devin aurii si cresc frumos.
- Scoateti gogosile pe prosoape de hartie, apoi presarati-le cu zahar pudra sau rulati-le prin zahar granulat.