Funny story about the day I baked this bread. My friend Elaine has a new podcast to help bloggers called Dishing with Delishes! It is very informative and the day I baked this bread I was listening to her podcast with Casey Markee, from MediaWyse, a very well known SEO expert! He was so interesting (and I forgot to set the oven timer), that I nearly burned my brioche! I ran in at the very last minute! Tragedy narrowly averted! If you are a blogger, you really should check out this podcast! Just remember to set the timer!! 🙂
Using a bread machine to mix up my dough, knead it and let it riseis my favorite. I set it on the dough cycle and when it’s done, I just place loaves in bread pans, cover them and let them rise one more time in a warm place. I hate the shape of the bread that my machine makes and I also hate that 2 pieces on the end have a huge whole in the middle from the paddle. Once the dough has risen again, brush them with a bit of melted butter and bake in the oven. They come out the way bread is supposed to look!
Do you have bread maker? Here is a link for the one I have. It has lasted me over 20 years and I use it often! Even in the summer I make pizza dough and cook the pizza on the grill so I don’t have to heat up the house! It is a bit bulky but saves so much effort, it is worth losing the space on the counter!
Enjoy! And have fun cooking!
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Rich White Bread (Brioche) for the Bread Machine
- 1 1/2 cups warm milk
- 3 tbsp melted butter
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 cups flour
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
- Warm milk to between 105-115°F. Place ingredients in the bread maker in the order given.
- Turn bread maker on dough only mode.
- Use no stick spray or butter to grease 2 bread pans.
- When dough has risen in bread machine, remove it onto a floured cutting board. Knead dough to remove all of the air. Cut the dough in half. Form each into loaf shapes. Place in prepared pans, seam side down.
- Turn oven on low and set breads near the vent to rise again. Usually about 30 minutes. Until dough almost reaches the top of the bread pans.
- If you want a crispy crust, brush the top of the loaves with cold water. For a softer crust, brush the top with melted butter or a bit of oil.
- Increase oven temperature to 400°F. Bake for about 30 minutes, until golden. Internal temperature should be 200°F. You can also rap the top of the bread with your knuckle, if it sounds hollow, it is done.