Buttery Sourdough Spelt Brioche Bread is fit for any of the queens and kings from Game of Thrones.
If one of the rulers of their respective realms were to be eating this right before they got their head chopped off, it would be a worthy surprise last meal.
At first glance this might look like any generic loaf that you could buy at the store, but one bite of this brioche bread will have you closing your eyes in pure bliss as you savor every single morsel.
Brioche is a bread with lots of butter and a couple of eggs to lend a rich, yet soft and tender crumb.
Making a sourdough brioche bread is actually deceptively easy. A sourdough starter requires a longer fermentation time that yields swoon-worthy results in flavor and texture for brioche bread.
Typically, even the best brioche bread with standard dry yeast needs a full 8 hours to ferment in the fridge to allow that sweetness and soft texture to slowly develop. If you have been following along on this blog, you will know about my passion for low and slow bread and pastry recipes.
It requires minimal work on your part and allows nature do the rest to create bread perfection. Think of it like putting a few ingredients and a tough piece of meat in the slow cooker all day. All you have to do is bring everything together and push a button, and several hours later you get food for the gods.
Mix all of the ingredients together (except for the butter) and knead in a stand mixer until the dough comes together. You can mix by hand, but it’s a lot messier and takes longer. Add the butter and knead for a few minutes longer until you get a soft gluten structure. It doesn’t have to be perfect if you aren’t sure what the dough is supposed to look like (see the first photo) because the long fermentation will develop the structure for the bread.
Cover in a bowl and ferment for 30 minutes at room temp. and put in the fridge overnight or during the day.
Shape and proof the dough for about 90 minutes in a warm spot in your kitchen.
Bake and let the aroma transport you to far away realms where hopefully no one is trying to chop your head off.
Above is an easy shaping method. Barely press it out in a rectangle shape and roll and tuck towards yourself.
Below you can see how to seal the edges with your thumb or the heel of your hand.
Place in a buttered loaf pan that has the very bottom covered with buttered parchment paper as well to ensure there is no sticking. Place seam side down in the loaf pan and let ferment for about 90 minutes or until it’s proofed and increased in size by about 30%.
Brush with an egg wash and sprinkle coarse sugar or regular sugar on top. “Score” or cut a line down the center of the loaf to allow the bread to spring and rise nicely in the oven. If you don’t have a bread lame to do this, just use a small serrated knife.
Bake 50-60 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Let cool a bit before slicing and serve warm or make as toast with butter and jam.
WAYS TO SERVE BRIOCHE BREAD
- Eat for breakfast or as a snack toasted with butter and jam. Make cinnamon toast too!
- Slather in magical chocolate avocado nutella .
- Use this spelt brioche for the most INCREDIBLE French Toast.
- For a savory application, skip adding the sugar on top before baking and use for sandwich bread.
- Toast a slice with butter in a skillet and throw a fried or scrambled egg on top. Obviously, this is best if you don’t add sugar to the top of the bread.
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Bon Appetit Ya’ll,
Buttery Sourdough Spelt Brioche Bread
Spelt flour and a sourdough starter lend an earthy aroma to buttery, soft and tender brioche bread!
cups plus 1 Tbsp.
cups plus 1 Tbsp
All Purpose Flour
cup plus 1 Tbsp
about 100 grams
Ripe sourdough starter
about 78 grams
Butter, slightly softened
Mixing the Dough
Mix all ingredients together except for the butter in a stand mixer. Mix on 1st speed for about 5 minutes. Turn the mixer on 2nd speed and mix until the dough comes together and pulls away from the side of the bowl. Turn the mixer back to 1st speed and add butter to incorporate. Turn back to 2nd speed and mix until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl and is shiny and elastic.
Fermenting the Dough
Form the ball into a round shape and cover with plastic wrap. Let ferment at room temp for 30 minutes to activate fermentation. Place in the fridge overnight or all day.
Shaping and Proofing the Dough
Take the dough out of the fridge and gently flatten to a rectangle shape no wider than the loaf pan you are using to bake it in. Roll the dough towards you, tucking as you go. It doesn't need to be really tight, just secure. Seal the edges with your thumb or heel of your hand.
Butter the loaf pan and cover the bottom (not the sides) with parchment paper and butter that too to keep the bread from sticking.
Place the dough seam side down in the pan and proof in a warm spot in your kitchen. On top of the stove with the stove turned on is a good way to proof the dough. Proof for 90 minutes or up to 2 hours if needed until the dough has expanded by about 30%.
Once the dough is proofed, brush the top with a beaten egg. Sprinkle with coarse sugar or regular sugar. Cut a slit down the middle to "score" the dough so it will rise in the oven. Use a bread lame or small serrated knife.
Baking the Dough
Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. Let cool for a bit before removing from the pan and slicing.