Bake a festive loaf of rich holiday brioche from this easy recipe using a bread machine. Frost with a simple white glaze and top with colorful sprinkles. The brioche looks so festive on the table and is a lovely food gift idea.
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Get your bread maker out and gather the recipe ingredients. Warm the milk and soften the butter. It is a good idea to allow the eggs to come to room temperature too. Place all of the ingredients into the pan and set the bread maker to the dough setting and start. After 2-3 minutes, I like to peek inside and sometimes need to scrape the sides with a rubber spatula to be sure all of the ingredients get incorporated.
When the cycle is competed, remove the dough and place on a silicone baking mat.
Divide the dough into three equal pieces. You can eyeball this but I like to be more exact and use my kitchen scale.
With your hands, rolls each piece of dough into a length of about 14-inches long.
Braid the three pieces of dough and place into a lightly sprayed loaf pan.
Place a clean towel over the bread dough and place in a draft-free, warm place to rise.
Allow dough to rise
This is a little trick I use to proof bread dough:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. for just 2 minutes. I use the stove timer and immediately turn the oven off and the 2-minute time. This is just enough time to create a warm place for the bread dough to rise. I have an electric stove so I don’t know how this will work with one that uses gas.
This is how the bread looks after rising.
Separate an egg and beat the white.
Gently brush the top of the loaf with the beaten egg white wash. Place in the oven and bake.
Remove the bread from the pan and place on a cooling rack.
As the brioche is cooling, prepare the frosting.
Holiday Brioche Recipe
Makes a 1 1/2 lb. loaf
- 2/3 cups warm milk
- 2 Tbs butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. Rapid Rise/Bread machine yeast
- egg white
Add all ingredients to bread machine pan in the order listed.
Set machine to dough setting.
At the end of the cycle, remove dough from pan onto a lightly floured surface. Roll in to bread shape or divide into three equal pieces and roll into ropes. Braid the three ropes; tuck ends under and place into lightly greased loaf pan.
Cover with towel and allow to rise in a warm place until 1-inch over top of pan, about 1 hour.
Gently brush top with beaten egg white.
Bake in a 350F oven for 35 minutes, tenting the top with foil if browning too quickly.
Remove from pan and allow to cool slightly before frosting.
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon melted butter
2 Tablespoons cream or milk (more or less for desired consistency)
tiny pinch of salt (optional)
In a small bowl, stir together all of the ingredients until smooth. I like to spread the frosting on the brioche while it is still just a little warm so that it has a few drips but not so warm that the frosting melts and turns to a glaze.
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