Tuesday, March 18, 2008
TWD - Brioche Snails
I have to confess – I did skip one of the steps for these delicious brioche raisin snails that were this week’s TWD challenge. Umm, mine aren’t brioche raisin rolls – they are brioche chocolate rolls. I don’t actually like raisins. I was going to use dried cranberries, but when I went to make the recipe I didn’t have enough cranberries in the bag. So, I decided to use chocolate chips. And, they were delicious!!
I was a little hesitant when I read through the recipe – I had a lot of baking to do in the weekend, and no special reason for making these. There seemed to be a lot of time consuming steps, but I am so glad I went to the effort as these were divine!!
The recipe is basically a brioche dough - once again I strayed from Dorie’s instructions. You only needed a half batch of dough, but Dorie said don’t halve the dough recipe – make the whole lot and freeze half of it. Nevertheless, I decided to halve the recipe – kind of difficult halving 3 eggs!!! But I used one full egg and a yolk. Halving the recipe actually did work, although I can see that if you are making the effort to make the brioche dough, you might as well make the full recipe. I didn’t think that the butter was going to beat into the dough successfully – but it did and I ended up with a beautiful yellow, silken dough. The dough was made on Saturday night and then left in the fridge over night for a second, slow rise.
On Sunday morning the dough was rolled out and then filled with a delicious pastry cream which I had made the night before. This was divine!! Basically a rich, thick custard - I could have eaten the whole bowl before it got anywhere near the rolls!! The dough was then sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and then, in my case, chocolate chips.
These rolls were so delicious!! I baked half of the rolls and then froze the rest of the dough. I could hardly wait for them to come out of the oven! They are sooo good. I ate one and my husband ate the other four! Funny how last week he said that the pie cake was as good as apple strudel in Austria – this week he said the rolls were the best pastries he has had since Danishes in Denmark (and they were divine!!!! Nothing like the Danishes you get here!). So, Dorie comes up trumps again!!!