Nowadays life has become painful quite literally, as I am having muscle pain in my hands for about 3 weeks. I went to doctor and he prescribed some medications, as an obedient patient I took the medicine, ended up getting really bad side effects, yes edema, swelling in hands and fingers. Yesterday I called the nurse line and was instructed to keep ice pack to reduce the swelling. The swelling is down a little bit, still my two fingers are swollen; driving car is really difficult still I need to drive so that I can drop my kids to school. Also I need to post for this month’s baking partner challenge. As usual I am late this month too. This month Baking Partner challenge was to make orange blossom water brioche.
This recipe is adapted from famous pastry chef Dominique Ansel’s The secret recipes book. Actually I was planning to suggest magic soufflé from the book. Orange blossom water brioche was the base of that recipe and chocolate soufflé is inside. I got excited after seeing the recipe, and also tried magic soufflé, but ended up making chocolate lava. May be the reason for the failure is the absence of pastry rings which chef Dominique Ansel has suggested. When I made chocolate soufflé the lava erupted, and I thought that was the end of the lava eruption. No I was wrong, when covered with brioche dough again lava erupted making the volcano fall in my oven. I was so disappointed that I couldn’t bring myself to try again. May be when I recover from this shock and try to figure out a way out of it, I am going to conquer the magic soufflé for sure.
Coming to orange blossom water brioche, brioche, is a pastry of French origin that is similar to a highly enriched bread, and whose high egg and butter content give it a rich and tender crumb. It is “light and slightly puffy, more or less fine, according to the proportion of butter and eggs.” It has a dark, golden, and flaky crust, resulted from egg wash. For this orange blossom water brioche, recipe asked for orange oil, which I don’t have it in my hand, so I used orange extract, you can skip that if you don’t have it. But make sure to add lots of orange zest and orange blossom water. If you don’t have access to orange blossom water, you can use rose water. Then you have to change the name to rose water brioche. Also don’t make adjustment with egg or butter then it won’t be brioche. It is delicious; my kids finished the brioche within a day.
I thought I will get some few leftovers to make bread pudding but never got it. May be next time I will increase the amount? It is really easy recipe you need to make the dough day before and bake it next day. You can also use muffin tin or bundt pan to make fun shape. I used mini bundt pan to make it. Give it a try, you will love it.
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This is Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.