So, if you’ve been following me on Instagram or are linked to any food group on Facebook, you would have seen the TOP 10 lists of bloggers in India. And yours truly has been selected by the BonusApp Top 10 Baking & Dessert bloggers in India 2018.
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Some days my feet just don’t touch the ground.
And those days we eat blueberries. So Wonderland Dry Fruits sent me a whole lot of stuff the other day. Absolutely loved the blueberries. They were fresh and plump and sweet and sour. Just as blue berries should be.
So other than the snacking of berries that is happening because I’m not eating any refined sugar, I needed to, make something bordering dessert.
If you are someone who is avoiding sugar or know someone who is, please be warned, they are suffering. Suffering, not because they were addicted or are going through withdrawal symptoms…but because they miss sugar.
That aroma, the satisfaction and the guarantee of getting the cravings.
All that stuff that you and I see on Instagram or Facebook or in real life, you get to eat it, while I can’t. For the next 75 odd days.
So, because I’m looking and smelling and making all that yum stuff and not eating it, it’s difficult for me. Even more, because I LOVE SUGAR. And I love Brioche. So, I can’t skip, both right?
So, I found a way.
I made a brioche and I made it with the bare minimum sugar. Because yeast needs sugar to feed. So technically, I didn’t eat the sugar from the bread. I ate what the yeast cells had digested. So, I’m clean.
I have been eating sourdough bread that has only flour salt and water.
But instant yeast, is another story all together. You need to knead the dough. And in that kneading, all the muscles work hard and burn calories. All right, not as many as you need to. But some.
You must try to bake this bread at least once.
Even if you’ve never made bread before…there’s something that you need to understand.
About life and about life and about bread.
The worst failure in making bread, the most intractable mistakes in kneading and shaping your dough, beats the hell out of never having tried to bake bread.
Brioche is a comparatively enriched bread. With sugar, white refined flour and a whole lot of butter.
So, to make this easier for me, I greatly reduced the amount of sugar. And to balance out the sweetness, I added a whole load of blueberries.
Blue berries beyond being super fancy and expensive have proven health benefits.
Antioxidants, anti-aging and reduce cholesterol and reverse high blood pressure. Also good for heart health.
So basically, high fibre and low sugar, ensures that your cravings for sweet will be met with a healthy alternative.
And if you’re worried about the price, A whole bag of blueberries costs less than a large tub of popcorn at the movies. So essentially, it’s a win situation.
This works well even if you leave the dough overnight in the fridge. Its easier to roll out and shape. So, I would suggest that for a newbie bread baker, leave the dough overnight.
Blueberry Brioche Eggless Baketitude (makes 2 loaves)
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour plus more to dust surface
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 ½ tsp instant dry yeast
1 cup warm milk plus extra to brush on bread
3 tbsp soft butter plus 1 tbsp extra
2 tbsp cream cheese
Place the flour in a bowl and mix in the sugar.
Mix in the instant dry yeast. And add in the salt.
Knead the dough with the warm milk till the dough is all stretchy and soft. It takes at least 10 minutes to come to that stage.
Now knead in the soft butter into the dough till it wipes clean of the surface you’re kneading on. I generally knead over my clean counter.
Once the dough starts coming clean off the counter and begins to form a ball, you know it easy.
Place it in an oiled bowl, cover with its lid and place in the fridge. AVOID using cling film. Too much plastic.
After 7-8 hours, dust your work station with flour and roll out the dough into a rectangle at least 25 inches by 12 inches.
Spread the cream cheese thinly over the entire dough triangle leaving one inch along the length. Sprinkle the blue berries generously. Roll up the rectangle along the length.
Cut in the centre to divide the dough into two logs.
Chill the dough for an hour.
Cut the dough in the centre like in the image to divide into two lengthwise. It’s easy to do when the dough is chilled. Roll the dough, keeping the cut side up and pinch the ends to seal the together. Place the two loaves on a parchment paper.
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Brush the breads with the milk so that the bread browns evenly.
If you’re not tanking the sugar, sprinkle some sugar over the breads before you bake them. Because these are small loaves, they will bake faster 25-30 minutes will be enough.
Brush the remaining butter over the breads.
Allow them to cool and then slice.
I served them with Acai cheese.
I used ½ cup home made cream cheese, mixed with a tsp of maple syrup, ½ tsp chopped rosemary leaves and 1 tsp of Acai berry powder.
That gorgeous purple cheese over that yum blue berry brioche. Happy bread, that’s sweet and healthy bread that’s almost a dessert. With an even more delightful cheese. So consider a lower refined sugar diet. Add some berries and exercise into your daily routine. Be happy,that is the most important thing ever.
And thank you for the love.
Until the next post.
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