Monday, August 5, 2013

Gruyère Brioche Braided Bread (THB)

It was an usual afternoon that I was at the childcare, picking up my son. The kids were having their afternoon tea and were enjoying their cheese with crackers. Unlike his friends, my son was fussy and didn't want to eat his cheese but eat only the crackers.

Mum: I thought you like cheese...
Boy: No this kind!

Mum: ?
Boy: Gruyère cheese, preferably melted. 
Mum: speechless

I'm asking myself if I'm spoiling my son too much and maybe I did.

We are certainly spoiled with these gruyère brioche braided breads that I have baked. And, I'm guessing that my son is becoming fussy with cheese because of these breads. This bread recipe is from the book, "Coffee Cakes" by Lou Seibert Pappas. It is chosen by Alice from I love. I cook. I bake. for our 22th The Home Bakers bake. All I must say is this recipe is definitely a keeper!

The Home Bakers (THB) is an baking event organised by my friend, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours. With a group of gorgeous ladies, we are baking all recipes from the book, "Coffee Cakes" by Lou Seibert Pappas until every recipe from this book has been baked.

Yes that you are right that these breads are not coffee cakes at all but for some reasons, this recipe appears to be the book called "Coffee Cakes"! Nevertheless, I'm happy to bake these breads because they are buttery and soft and extremely tasty with pockets full of melted gruyère cheese...

With a high proportion of butter in the bread dough, it is advisable that we need to follow the recipe instruction by chilling the dough for at least 2 hours or more before shaping. 

For me: Instead of kneading in the shredded cheese into bread dough and shaping it into a large braid, I had made smaller breads using a different shaping method to incorporate slices of cheese inside pockets of bread dough. The breads were then shaped to form shapes which looks like braid too.

A basket of delicious gruyère brioche breads
Making the bread dough
Divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape them...
This is how I shape my "braided" breads
Ready to bake...
Freshly baked cheesy breads - can't wait to have one of these...
Crispy melted cheese - This is the kind of cheese that my son wants!

Being the rule of this event, only the host of the chosen bake can post the recipe in her blog post. Please visit Alice from I love. I cook. I bake. for the detailed recipe of this bake.

And, here are the notes and modifications that I made for my bake.

My ingredients list (which is two-third amount of the recipe)

1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
2/3 tbsp caster sugar
100g butter, unsalted
2/3 tsp salt
2 eggs
125 ml warm water
10g milk powder
325g flour (250g bread flour + 75g Italian "OO" flour)
150g Gruyère cheese, sliced into bite sizes

Egg wash:
1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tbsp milk

Modifications that I have made from the original: 

Do you know that some enzymes in milk can weaken gluten and prevent the dough from rising? For this reason, some bread recipes prefer to use scalded milk because scalding milk deactivates these enzymes. Whether the bread recipes that I have baked requires scalded milk or not, I prefer to use milk powder for most of my bread baking being a reliable and also convenient option. For this bake, I substituted 85ml of milk (amount required for 2/3 of the recipe) with 12g of milk powder and the 85ml of water. As 40ml of water (amount required for 2/3 of the recipe) was also required for this recipe, the total amount of water required was 125ml.

Instead of using all-purpose flour, I used a combination of bread flour and Italian "OO" flour.

To make bread dough, I've placed all my ingredients into my bread-maker and use "dough" setting to knead and prove the dough for 1 hr in the bread-maker and refrigerate the dough overnight.

The amount of cheese that I used was increased to 150g.

Instead of kneading in the shredded cheese into bread dough and shaping it into a large braid, I made smaller breads using a different shaping method to incorporate slices of cheese inside pockets of bread dough.

The bread dough was divided into 8 portions to make 8 smaller breads. Each portion was rolled and shaped and slices to form shapes which looks like braid (see my above pictures).

The breads were baked at 180°C fan forced for 20 min.


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  1. Your son has a sophisticated palette! Good for him. This recipe sounds delicious.

  2. Beautiful bread and looks delicious.

  3. All children loves their mummy home cooked food....even my niece too. I remember one day I asked my niece if she want to go to Mc D..... since I thought all kids love to go there. She said to me "I only eat my mum home made burger!" . I am astonished to hear that. I would love to try this gruyere bread....only if I can get gruyere easily here.

  4. I love your step-by-step guide. It helps me, the baking beginner, a lot. Thank you, Zoe :)

  5. I'm No. 2 today! Oh I like this bread very much & also how you shape them! You have set the standard so high that next time, he expects his gf/wife to do just as good as mummy, haha!

  6. Hi Zoe,
    Haha, your son knows what he wants when it comes to yummy food! Trained under mommmy's delicious baking and cooking!
    I have never tried Gruyere cheese before, simply because it is not easily available, maybe only from certain high-end supermarkets and very expensive.
    Whenever I heard of different kinds of flour, like the one you used, Italian "OO" flour, I am always very envious! LOL! I can't find flours like this over here, you know....!!
    Your little braids are lovely, and this bread is indeed a keeper. We love the cheezy soft texture of the braid!

  7. I was actually salivating looking at these cheesey bread. I have a weakeness for these kind of bread & buy them whever i smell bakery:) No wonder your son is asking for these. Look the textue & the taste defenitely will be heavnly

  8. Your "Gruyère Brioche Braid" looks so nice, I like the way you cut and fold like this. I have email to you about the LTU event :)

  9. Wow, these are pretty braids :) I am drooling over the soft buttery texture, a must try indeed!

  10. Zoe, your son has good taste! ha ha I liked that you kept the choose in slices and weaved the dough over it.

  11. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comAugust 5, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Wow, look at the butter and the cheese! I can almost smell the fresh aroma of the bread :)

  12. Wow, am very impressed with the presentation of dishes.

  13. Thumbs up for this.. Braids look great.. N the texture.. Aah.. Drooling here!

  14. Hi Zoe, your son is going to grow up with really refined tastebuds! I just baked these and I quite like the saltiness! Hope to be able to blog them soon....haha!

  15. All your bread and rolls are very good. I am thinking of getting a bread machine just to do kneading, but all bread machines are just too bulky for my small kitchen top.

  16. Zoe,your bread looks so delicious!beautiful shaped,nice texture and with cheese...OMG,heaven in every bite!

  17. Oooooh, melty cheese (gruyere no less) and homemade bread?!? Count me in! YUMMMM!!!

  18. Hi Zoe,
    i always see you uses italian 'oo' flour in most of your bakes. That must be a different kind of special flour from what we have here.

    Your small braid bread looks so lovely. Love how the cheese flavour bursting out from the braid.

  19. Hi Zoe, these cheesy braids must be very delicious. I am tempted to bake this.

  20. yumm, Would be a hit with the kids with all that cheese

  21. Zoe, your braid looks great!
    Oh how you described the gruyere in the bread makes me really want to try, it is really worth trying, especially since I love gruyere too, even though I normally prefer cheddar in bread
    This is also a bread recipe I'm going to make again and again, thinking of mixing in raisins or even chocolate chips next time :P

  22. Zoe, you are a good mum for your kids. you know what i means. nice "Gruyère Brioche Braid".

  23. Wow, those have really started a serious case of munchies over here :)

  24. Oh Zoe, I love brioche, deeply and gruyere too. Be still my beating heart ;-)

  25. Your son's comment made me laugh! Kids nowadays get so spoilt with their food, but with good food, so we mums dont mind, right? My daughter sometimes ask me why have I forgotten to drizzle her scrambled eggs with truffle oil. LOL!

  26. Wow, no way ur son is spoilt, who wouldn't be with fud like this !! Perfectl looking gruyere brioche :) Loving it !

  27. I'm a cheese lover, not to mention Gruyère. Love the plaiting!

  28. I think I am going to have to buy myself a bread maker. You are tempting me too much with all these lovely breads LOL.

  29. i've never tasted gruyere before, i probably have seen it here before..i might use them if i can get them ..otherwise just some other cheese. Hope to do this know..i'm so behind THB now!

  30. Wow, I have to make this now :D awsome recipe!

  31. LOL..your son is adorable & he reminds me of my 2 boys! hahaha This brioche looks amazing! Love the way you've plaited them! Gosh! I've not bake this bread yet . BTW I've sent you an email regarding LTU . Have a nice day ! ;)

  32. Zoe , your boy knows his cheese so well lol These brioche certainly look perfect ! Yum !

  33. Wow Zoe, this bread look awesome...and your boy is so cute :D
    I will definitely try to make this...
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are enjoying your week!