Tuesday, March 18, 2008

TWD: Brioche Raisin Snails

This weeks recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie, the group has grown to over 80 bakers, was picked by Peabody of Culinairy Concoctions by Peabody, thanks!!

Brioche is something I always wanted to try and this recipe had some nice additions, like flambeing and making pastry cream.
The first day I made the dough and I can tell you without a stand mixer that is quite a task! I have a lot of respect for all my fellow bakers who did this one without a Kitchen Aid! So with a lot of elbow grease and some work done by my hand mixer the dough came together nicely.

After that I tackled the raisins, well the flambeing wasn't the hard part, no that was which dark rum to use from our liquor cabinet, Captain Morgan Spiced Dark Rum, Bacardi Spice or Bacardi 8 after a long thought I decided on the Captain Morgan.
The flambeing went smooth and the alcohol in the rum burned of in beautiful red flames.

The pastry cream came together very easy too and I had to restrain myself from eating too much of it!

Next day I rolled out the half the dough, spread half the pastry cream on top and started adding the raisins, I thought that the cup of raisins would be too much so I only did about half. Big mistake!! After tasting them I realised they are so good in this and the cup is perfect!

The verdict, all my trusty tasters raved about them! They went fast! Fortunately I made another batch from the left over dough and pastry cream and put those in the freezer. They will make a nice addition to our Easter breakfast table!

1 cup moist, plump raisins
3 tablespoons dark rum
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
Scant 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 recipe for Golden Brioche Loaves(can be found below), chilled and ready to shape (make the full recipe and cut the dough in half after refrigerating overnight)
1/2 recipe Pastry Cream (can be found below)

For The Optional Glaze
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
About 1 teaspoon water
Drop of pure vanilla extract

Directions: Getting Ready: Line one large or two smaller baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
Put the raisins in a small saucepan, cover them with hot water and let them steep for about 4 minutes, until they are plumped. Drain the raisins, return them to the saucepan and, stirring constantly, warm them over low heat. When the raisins are very hot, pull the pan from the heat and pour over the rum. Standing back, ignite the rum. Stair until the flames go out, then cover and set aside. (The raisins and rum an be kept in a covered jar for up to 1 day.)

Mix the sugar and cinnamon together.

On a flour dusted surface, roll the dough into a rectangle about 12 inches wide and 16 inches long, with a short end toward you. Spread the pastry cream across the dough, leaving 1-inch strip bare on the side farthest from you. Scatter the raisins over the pastry cream and sprinkle the raisins and cream with the cinnamon sugar. Starting wit the side nearest you, roll the dough into a cylinder, keeping the roll as tight as you can. (At this point, you can wrap the dough airtight and freeze it up to 2 months; see Storing for further instructions. Or, if you do not want to make the full recipe, use as much of the dough as you'd like and freeze the remainder.)
With a chef's knife, using a gentle sawing motion, trim just a tiny bit from the ends if they're ragged or not well filled, then cut the log into rounds a scant 1 inch thick. Put the snails on the lined baking sheet(s), leaving some puff space between them.

Lightly cover the snails with wax paper and set the baking sheet(s) in a warm place until the snails have doubles in volume--they'll be puffy and soft--about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Getting Ready To Bake: When the snails have almost fully risen, preheat the oven: depending on the number of baking sheets you have, either center a rack in the oven or position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Remove the wax paper, and bake the snails for about 25 minutes (rotate the sheets if you're using two, from top to bottom and front to back after 15 minutes), or until they are puffed and richly browned. Using a metal spatula, transfer the snails onto a cooling rack.

If You Want To Glaze The Snails: Put a piece of wax paper under the rack of warm rolls to act as a drip catcher. Put the confectioners' sugar into a small bowl, and stir in a teaspoon of water. Keep adding water drop by drop until you have an icing that falls from the tip of a spoon. Add the vanilla extract, then drizzle the icing over the hot snails.

Golden Brioche Loaves

2 packets active dry yeast
1/3 cup just-warm-to-the-touch water
1/3 cup just-warm-to-the-touch whole milk
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature but still slightly firm

For The Glaze
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water

To Make The Brioche: Put the yeast, water and milk in the bowl of a stand mixer and, using a wooden spoon, stir until the yeast is dissolved. Add the flour and salt, and fit into the mixer with the dough hook, if you have one. Toss a kitchen towel over the mixer, covering the bowl as completely as you can-- this will help keep you, the counter and your kitchen floor from being showered in flour. Turn the mixer on and off a few short pulses, just to dampen the flour (yes, you can peek to see how you're doing), then remove the towel, increase the mixer speed to medium-low and mix for a minute or two, just until the flour is moistened. At this point, you'll have a fairly dry, shaggy mess.

Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula, set the mixer to low and add the eggs, followed by the sugar. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for about 3 minutes, until the dough forms a ball. Reduce the speed to low and add the butter in 2-tablespoon-size chunks, beating until each piece is almost incorporated before adding the next. You'll have a dough that is very soft, almost like batter. Increase the speed to medium-high and continue to beat until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 10 minutes.

Transfer the dough to a clean bowl (or wash out the mixer bowl and use it), cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature until nearly doubled in size, 40 to 60 minutes, depending upon the warmth of your room.

Deflate the dough by lifting it up around the edges and letting it fall with a slap to the bowl. Cover the bowl with the plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator. Slap the dough down in the bowl every 30 minutes until it stops rising, about 2 hours, then leave the uncovered dough in the refrigerator to chill overnight.

The next day, butter and flour two 8 1/2-x-4 1/2-inch pans.

Pull the dough from the fridge and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cut each piece of the dough into 4 equal pieces and roll each piece into a log about 3 1/2 inches long. Arrange 4 logs crosswise in the bottom of each pan. Put the pans on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat, cover the pans lightly with wax paper and leave the loaves at room temperature until the dough almost fills the pans, 1 to 2 hours. (Again, rising time with depend on how warm the room is.)

Getting Ready To Bake: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

To Make the Glaze: Beat the egg with the water. Using a pastry brush, gently brush the tops of the loaves with the glaze.
Bake the loaves until they are well risen and deeply golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer the pans to racks to cool for 15 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the pans and turn the loaves out onto the racks. Invert again and cool for at least 1 hour.

Pastry Cream

2 cups whole milk
6 large egg yolks
1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits at room temperature

Bring the milk to a boil in a small saucepan.
Meanwhile, in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk the egg yolks together with the sugar and cornstarch until thick and well blended. Still whisking, drizzle in about 1/4 cup of the hot milk-- this will temper, or warm, the yolks so they won't curdle. Whisking all the while, slowly pour in the remainder of the milk. Put the pan over medium heat and, whisking vigorously, constantly and thoroughly (making sure to get the edges of the pot), bring the mixture to a boil. Keep at a boil, still whisking, for 1 to 2 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat.

Whisk in the vanilla extract. Let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk in the bits of butter, stirring until they are full incorporated and the pastry cream is smooth and silky. Scrape the cream into a bowl. You can press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of the cream to create an airtight seal and refrigerate the pastry cream until cold or, if you want to cool it quickly--as I always do--put the bowl into a larger bowl filled with ice cubes and cold water, and stir the pastry cream occasionally until it is thoroughly chilled, about 20 minutes.

Next weeks recipe is Caramel-Topped Flan (page 395-397) and is choosen by Steph from A Whisk And A Spoon.


CB said...

Your snails look delicious! I love that the hardest part was deciding which rum to use! LOL. Great job!

Jhianna said...

Very pretty pictures!

Anonymous said...

They look delicious! So glad you enjoyed this week's recipe!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

beautiful snails! i'm very impressed that you did this all by hand!

Nikki57 said...

I can't imagine how much elbow grease would have been involved doing it by hand. Great job!

slush said...

I am jealous of your liquor cabinet!! They look perfect, so glad you enjoyed them too. Great, great job!

Di said...

Wow, I'm impressed that you made the brioche by hand. It looks like your snails turned out great--I especially like the first picture.

Annemarie said...

So impressed...they look fabulous! Great job!!!

Judy said...

They look great. If you make them again, you may have to try one of the other rums! (Your mousse looks yummy, too.)

Sarah said...

Great job! I don't know if I would have tackled this without my KitchenAid. That 1o minutes was a long time!

Danielle said...

Your photography is beautiful! I wish I had that much natural light to work with! It really makes an amazing difference! Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

It was fun making it by hand wasn't it! I was very surprised by how cooperative the dough was. Now if you'd just tell me how you make them look so perfect!

Bumblebutton said...

Just lovely! Your slices looked so perfect. Where is the gloopy mess? Kudos to you, for sure, for making these totally by hand!

Marie said...

Your snails look picture perfect! Well done! Yours rose a lot higher than mine did!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Good job!

I wish my boyfriend baked, too. Well actually, no I don't, because then I'd have to go to the gym 7 days a week instead of 5.

Anyways, your pictures look great, you had a good time making them, and got rave reviews, what more could you want?

Heather said...

Great job! I made my brioche by hand too. Hard work but the end result was so worth it!

Tartelette said...

Absolutely per-fect! The first and last shots make me drool!

Madam Chow said...

Yours turned out so well! Great pictures, too!

Dianne said...

They look beautiful!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Super Snails! Congrats.

Gretchen Noelle said...

These look lovely! What a great idea to have the rest for Easter! Great job!

Erin said...

These look delicious! They rose and baked up very nicely!

The Baker's Lamb said...

Such beautiful snails:) You must try Sailor Jerry's Spiced Navy Rum it is wonderful! 92 proof and just as good when consumed with some cola!

Engineer Baker said...

They look amazing, and so neatly cut! I'm jealous :)

Rebecca said...

Oh, that first picture. Nothing like snails with a little Captain in em.

Jaime said...

gorgeous looking snails! kudos to making these w/o a mixer! :)

ostwestwind said...

I am impressed, making it by hand is a lot of work. Your snails look great!

cruisingkitty said...

WOW! Your snails rock! Especially since you did them by hand! Kudos to you!

Julius said...

Hey noskos :)

Are we the only guys in TWD?

Your snails look awesome.

from Occasional Baker

Peabody said...

So glad that they were well recieved. Saving the extra for Easter is a great idea.