Monday, June 1, 2009

Brioche (Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge)

Y' all know that Marie Antoinette really didn't say, "Let them eat cake!" Ohhh no, I'm fairly certain her last words were, "Let them wear fat pants!" You see, our biggest decision for this week's Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge was what size fat pants we were prepared to dig out of our closet after eating this buttery rich bread. Our mentor and book's author, Peter Reinhart, allows us to choose our own caloric destiny when he presents us with three options for brioche; we could opt for the Rich Man's version with TWO CUPS of butter, the Middle-Class version with ONE CUP of butter, or the Poor Man's Version with a measly HALF CUP of butter. I really, really have a hard time making bread with that much butter, and I kept turning the book's pages hoping for a Homeless Woman-On-A-Diet version with maybe a tablespoon or two of butter involved. No such luck.

So, fat grams be damned, I chose the Middle-Class version and froze all but one of these wicked little gems. I stuck my fat pants in the freezer with them and they can duke it out amongst themselves.

To showcase the richness of this bread (as well as possibly hide some flaws,) I ordered some small paper brioche pans from King Arthur and made petites brioches a tete (look Mom, I'm speaking French!) And in honor of Ms. Antoinette, I offed one of their heads and topped it with a little jam. Cute, oui?

Another fun and interesting bread baking experience. And I feel like I'm becoming so worldly!

20 comments:

Victoria said...

Aww, they look so cute with the jam!

peteeatemall said...

Looks great! I too am looking for the "broke and on a diet recipe" but everything in moderation! My neighbors are gonna hate me when their pants wont fit anymore...Happy Baking!

Chow and Chatter said...

wow they look amazing

susies1955 said...

You my dear are a natural born writer. :)
I love reading your post and your little jam creations are awesome. Your killing me with your creativeness.
WONDERFUL,
Susie

Barbara Bakes said...

I love brioche. Yours look perfect!

Moogie said...

You are wickedly funny and a great baker. All is right in your Other Side of Fifty World.

Angela said...

So true...I think we all need to comment on whether our weight went up or down with each weeks bread creations...Thankfully I give about 3/4th of my baking away to neighbors & family & my husband & I fight over the last quarter...works well for us!

Great post!

=) Angela

Debbie said...

They look so delicious! Love the jam in them!

Cindy Feingold said...

Loved reading your post. You are very funny! The little brioche a tetes are adorable! Your will power is admirable.

Mags said...

Awww... thank you all for your kind comments. Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside! (Air conditioning is broke here, however, so that might be partly responsible...hee!)

Nicole said...

Your post had me laughing out loud! Your baby brioche are beautiful! Now I wish I had time to order some of those paper molds.

Dianne said...

Great post, and your brioche look fabulous!

oggi said...

I enjoyed your post very much and the brioche are perfection!:)

Linda said...

You have a really nice blog! And these brioche look to die for...mmmmm.

Mags said...

Thank you guys for commenting. I really appreciate it.

HoneyB said...

I think you should know that reading about your bread baking adventures is what made me decide to make mine! That and the yummy jam I have to go on it! LOL. Thanks! :-)

Mags said...

(hee!) It's contagious, isn't it HoneyB!

Michelle said...

Your brioche is just gorgeous! Very nicely done!

Olga said...

they look adorable! love everything mini.

Mags said...

Michelle and Olga... thanks!