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Basic Large Sweet Brioche

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Ingredients
  Butter 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Superfine sugar 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Yeast 1 Ounce (1 Package)
  Warm water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Warm milk 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Eggs 4
  All purpose flour 3 1⁄2 Cup (56 tbs)
  Egg wash 1 Cup (16 tbs) (1 Recipe, Adjust Quantity As Needed)
Directions

Beat butter in large mixing bowl with wooden spoon or electric mixer until creamy.
Add combined sugar and salt gradually; cream until well blended.
Sprinkle yeast over warm water in small bowl; stir until dissolved.
Add milk, yeast, eggs, and flour to creamed mixture.
Beat vigorously with wooden spoon 2 minutes or until smooth; scrape sides of bowl frequently.
Cover; let rise in warm place about 2 hours or until double in bulk.
Stir down; beat vigorously with wooden spoon 2 minutes.
Cover with aluminum foil; refrigerate overnight.
Stir down; turn onto lightly floured surface.
With floured hands shape 3/4 of dough into ball.
Place in well-buttered, fluted brioche mold.
Snip a cross in center with scissors; push dough to sides to form a well.
Moisten inside of well with water.
Shape remaining dough into pear shape to form head.
Push pointed end into well in the center of large ball.
Cover; let rise in warm place 1 hour and 20 minutes or until double in bulk.
Bake in preheated 400°F oven 1 hour or until cake tester comes out clean.
Brush with Egg Wash 5 minutes before removing from oven.
An aluminum-foil tent can be placed over brioche if it browns too quickly.
Remove from oven; turn onto wire rack to cool.
Fill brioche with sweet or savory filling.
Remove head; trim.
Pull out dough in center of brioche to leave shell 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.
Fill as desired.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
French
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Interest: 
Everyday

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