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Holiday Brioche

Holiday Brioche
PREP TIME
4h
COOK TIME
35 min
YIELDS
60 servings

What makes this bread so amazing is it’s rich raisin and nut filling, and since it makes two generous loaves there’s LOTS to go around! Without the recipe for our brioche, a steadfast and (if you will) sacred part of our Christmas tradition would be gone!

Why I love this recipe

This is one of our traditional, must-make-every-year holiday breads

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Ingredients

Dough

2
tsp sugar
1
cup warm water
2
envelopes dry active yeast
1
cup whole milk
½
cup sugar
½
cup salted butter
1
tsp salt
6
cups all purpose Flour
2
large eggs, beaten

Filling

cup clover honey
3
cups sultana raisins
1
cup chopped almonds
½
cup chopped hazelnuts
½
cup chopped pecans
½
cup heavy cream
cup salted butter
2
Tbsp cinnamon
½
tsp cloves

Assembly and Baking

1
large egg white
¼
cup sugar
6
Tbsp flaked almonds
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Directions

Notes

Don't be tempted to use anything other than heavy cream in the filling, it won't set up. Any combination of nuts can be used in the filling!

Step 1

Dissolve yeast in sugar and water, let stand 10 minutes.

Step 2

Scald milk, then add sugar, butter and salt. Cool to lukewarm.

Step 3

Stir foamy yeast mixture well and add to the milk.

Step 4

Beat in half the flour, add eggs and beat to incorporate.

Step 5

Add the remaining flour and mix until smooth and elastic dough forms.

Step 6

Knead 10 minutes.

Step 7

Place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise one hour or until doubled.

Step 8

Mix all ingredients until well combined, set aside.

Step 9

Punch risen dough down and divide in half.

Step 10

Roll each half to an 8” x 20” rectangle.

Step 11

Spread filling on the dough rectangles and roll up lengthwise, pinching seam.

Step 12

Curve rolls and place in two greased 10” springform pans.

Step 13

Cover and let rise 50 minutes.

Step 14

Heat the oven to 375ºF.

Step 15

Brush each loaf with the egg white mixture and sprinkle with sugar and almonds.

Step 16

Bake 30-35 minutes.

Step 17

Cool completely in pans.

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