The French are so fond of their brioches that almosteach region has its own special one!
This recipe originates from the French Alps:
Brioche aux amandes/Almonds Brioche!
INGREDIENTS: for 6 persons
-For the Brioche:
Flour: 300 g
Sugar: 50 g
Fast leavening baking powder: 2 small regular packs
Milk: Half a cup/100 ml
Eggs: 4 medium-sized
Melted butter: 90 g
Salt: a pinch
-For the cream:
Soft butter: 60 g
Sugar: 90 g
Thick fresh cream: 60 g
Almond powder: 80 g
1 lemon peel/finely chopped
-4 hours and 30minutes before baking, prepare the brioche pastry.
-Mix flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. Then add eggs, melted butter and milk. Mix vigourously for 5 minutes.
-Cover bowl with a cloth and let the pastry rise in a warm place for 3 hours.
-After all that time, prepare the almond cream by mixing i a bowl, soft butter, sugar, fresh cream, almond powder and the lemon peel.
-Knead the brioche pastry again and shape small “bars”, 10 cm long and 3 cm diameter..
-Lay a large piece of cooking paper over the oven plaque.
Place the brioche bars 1 cm apart in a pattern of your choice. Pour the almond cream between them.
-Let the briche rise again in a warm place for 1 hour.
Bake for 30 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.
Best enjoyed with a hot chocolate!