so busy and brioche

My summer recently went from lazy to ridiculously busy.  I went from attending one class a week to having that class, a research assistant position, and an internship.  As a result, I haven’t posted anything, but I have accomplished a few things. 

I baked brioche which was next on my list for the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge. I made the “middle class” brioche recipe (only two sticks of butter) and it turned out great.  A warning to anyone out there making brioche – your dough MUST be cold.  The butter in the dough heats up quickly making it difficult to handle.  If you are making Brioche à Tête (pictured below – a head or ball sitting on a larger base), work quickly and make sure the dent you make (as a resting place for the smaller ball of dough) is deeper than a shallow dent – as the dough warms the small ball can slide off-center – as seen on a few of my little guys below.  I picked up the silicone fluted molds at my local World Market, but could not find them online.  In conclusion, they were mildly difficult to handle as the dough warmed, BUT they were a big hit with the fam.  Give it a shot!

My first tomatoes and beans also made an appearance this past week.  So tasty, but I forgot to take some pictures…  Also, the garden is growing out of control.  Cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, and tomatillos are all ripening.  I can’t wait. 

Lastly, if you haven’t checked out Sportsglutton’s NFL recipe series, you should.  Just know that if you eat all of these recipes back-to-back over a 3 week time period, you will gain about 7 pounds.  You have been warned.

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