Jan’s Overnight Brioche
Tangzhong is an Asian technique using a type of water roux in baking to improve the texture of a bread.
Ingredients -serves 8
For the Tangzhong
- . 2tbs(18g) bread flour
- . 60g milk
- . 25gwater
For the Dough
- . 180g lukewarm milk
- . 20g fresh yeast
- . 30g sugar
- . 415g bread flour
- . 7g salt
- . 1 egg
- . 1 egg yolk
- . 45g unsalted butter
Mix all of the tangzhong ingredients in a pan until there’s no lumps. Place the pan over low heat, instantly stirring until thickened, about 3 minutes. Cool down completely.
For the Dough
- 1. In a small bowl, combine the lukewarm milk (around 37C), yeast and sugar. Cover with a towel and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes or until foamy. Reserve.
- 2. Whisk the flour and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer.
- 3. Start the mixer on low, fitted with the paddle attachment. While running, add the yeast mixture. Let it run for a few seconds before adding the tangzhong, followed by the egg and egg yolk. Mix until a shaggy dough forms.
- 4. Remove the paddle attachment and change to the hook attachment.
- 5. Start kneading and add the butter, one tablespoon at a time. Do not add the next tablespoon until the first one is fully incorporated.
- 6. Once all the butter is incorporated, let the stand mixer knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
- 7. Form a ball with the dough and place it in a greased bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and place it in a warm spot (like your oven, turned off) for 1 to 2 hours, or until doubled in size.
- 8. Gently punch the dough to deflate it. Using a bench knife, portion the dough into 8 equal pieces, about 95g each. Form the dough portions into small balls and place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, making sure they have space to double in size. Cover with the towel and let it rise again, for up to 1 hour or until puffy.
- 9. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F for at least 15 minutes.
- 10. Brush the buns with egg wash (1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water), then bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.
- 11. Remove the buns from the oven and immediately brush them with the melted butter. Allow them to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely
Jan Cron – Kitchen Maverick
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