CHOCOLATE AND APRICOT BRIOCHE
Brioche is a luxurious way to start the day, or just a great treat for any time. It's really easy to make if you follow our recipe and you're sure to be popular if you share it around!
- 250 g plain flour
- 80 g butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp instant dried yeast
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 80 milk
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 extra egg for glazing
- 2 handfuls dark chocolate chips
- 1 handful dried apricots (chopped)
activate the yeast
Dissolve the yeast into the warm milk by whisking together in a bowl.
make the dough
Mix the flour, eggs, butter, salt and sugar together in a mixer with a dough hook until combined and dough like. Splash in the milk and continue to knead until smooth and elastic. It will be very sticky.
prove the dough
Transfer to a bowl and cover bowl with Clingfilm or a clean tea towel. Leave to rest in a warm place for 1-2 hours until it doubles in size.
flavour the dough
Knock the air out of the dough and split into two. Add chocolate chips to half and the apricot pieces to the other, using a little flour dusted on a work surface.
shape and prove again
Place the chocolate half into the bottom of a 900g loaf tin (lined if it isn’t non stick). Lay the apricot half on top of that, then cover again and leave to rise for 30mins.
preheat the oven
Preheat an oven to 180?C
brush and bake the loaf
Brush the risen dough with the egg wash. Bake for 30mins.
Rest, then serve!
Leave to rest for 20 minutes before turning out the tin to cool. Slice pieces to eat whilst still warm for best results.