Tuesday, August 30, 2011

All The Ladies Love You When You Give Them Lemon Brioche Rolls

 Yesterday was a beautiful, warm and sunny day so I thought I would go outside and have a little photo shoot.  I rarely get the chance to do natural light shots between the weather and my schedule so I ran out at the chance.  When I got down to the picnic tables, I was met by two lovely little old ladies taking a break from their walk.  They were very interested in what I was doing and asked a lot about me and the food.  After telling them what I was doing and about my blog, the next obvious question was, "When can we have a taste?"  They were kidding of course, but I pretty much made their day when I said, "As soon as I'm done taking pictures".

So I told them I would be right back and quick ran up to the house to grab some plates and forks.  I started a small pot of coffee too just to make them extra happy and ran back down with everything.  To my surprise, two little old ladies turned into five little old ladies.  They seemed to have set out a herding call or something.  So I ran back up to the house again and grabbed a couple more cups and the pot of coffee and set back down.  They were so excited you'd think I was giving them gold.  They had their rolls with a big smear of lemon curd and drizzled sugar glaze and a big cup of coffee.  It was a proper little coffee visit.  They asked me about myself, where I came from and this and that, and told me how much they loved the rolls.  I was quite happy to have given them some, it was a very nice way to spend my afternoon and I feel better having made their day just a little bit nicer.

 So go make yourself some lemon curd and roll them up in a fluffy brioche like it did.  It will make your local little old ladies very happy.  It'll make you happy too if they leave you any.

Lemon Brioche Rolls with Fresh Lemon Curd 

For the Lemon Curd 

2 Whole Eggs
2  Egg Yolks 
3/4 Cup/165g Sugar
1/3 cup/80g Butter, cold
Zest and Juice of 2 Lemons 

 Whisk together the eggs, yolks, sugar, lemon juice and zest.  Set over a double boiler (pot of simmering water) and gently whisk constantly for about 6 - 10 minutes until well thickened.  Remove from the heat and stir in butter until melted and smooth.  Strain the lemon curd into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, being sure to press it right against the curd so it doesn't form a skin.  Chill until ready to use.  Lasts about a week or two.

For the Brioche Dough 
 recipe from Piece of Cake

1/2 Cup Milk
 2 1/2 teaspoons Dry Active Yeast
 3 Cups Flour, divided 
1/2 Cup/113g Cold Butter, cut up
 1/4 Cup Sugar
 1 teaspoon Salt
 2 Whole Eggs
 2 Egg Yolks

Heat milk to lukewarm and whisk in the yeast.  Add 1 Cup of flour, stir to combine then cover and let sit for 20 minutes until risen and bubbly.   

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine the eggs, yolks, sugar, salt and butter. Pulse until the butter is evenly distributed and it looks curdled. Add the yeast mixture and pulse to combine. Add 1 cup of flour and pulse until smooth.  Scrape the bowl, add remaining 1 cup of flour and pulse until well combined.  Let the dough rest in the food processor for then minutes.  After the rest, run the processor for 10 - 15 seconds, then remove the dough onto a well floured area.

Knead the dough a few times, divide in two, then roll out into a large rectangle.


Spread a generous amount of lemon curd all over the rolled out dough, leaving a slight gap around the edges.  Roll up as you would cinnamon rolls, then slice.  Set into a greased baking pan and cover loosely.  Let rise for 35 minutes.  Repeat with remaining dough.

Preheat oven to 350F/175C.

Prior to baking, brush risen rolls with butter, cream, milk, or an egg wash.

Bake 25 - 30 minutes until golden and center is well risen. 

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