Brioche Almond French Toast
Sometimes I wonder why I write this blog, but then why not, it's really just a place for me to lose myself in the foodie world as I continue to explore my passion for making delicious eats. I find it absolutely fascinating to turn a bunch of raw ingredients into a beautiful and delicious finished product. I've always loved to bake, hello former bakery, but I also love to cook and explore working with new ingredients. And by my last sentence, I mean, I've never really made a yeasted bread until recently. If you follow me on Instagram, Easter was my first yeasted bread wreath with dried cherries and almonds. It was delicious!! Since then I've been reading all kinds of bread recipes in cookbooks and on blogs and just had to give it a whirl. Summer is coming - carbs be damned!!
Not only is this brioche fun to make, but let's just say a seed has been planted in my mind for more bread baking ideas. But first we should start from the beginning. If you've never made bread before, consider this a great beginner's level bread recipe.
After combining all of the ingredients in your food processor most of the work is done. Now to be patient for 2-3 hours while the yeast rises. Next separate the dough and knead into two loaves. Here I braided the dough because I wanted the pretty pattern on top. Braid the dough just like you would your hair. Below are some pictures to show you how to pinch the dough ropes together at the top, tuck dough underneath, braid all the way down, and pinch and tuck again. Brush the dough with the egg yolk and milk mixture and place in a 400 degree oven for approximately 28-30 minutes until the crust is golden brown.
As Mother's Day weekend is quickly approaching I thought it'd be fun to make a brunch treat from scratch. Who doesn't love getting spoiled for breakfast with homemade brioche french toast?! Do yourself a favor and make the brioche the night before. Making all this the morning of...I can't imagine that'd go over very well! Let's keep this low stress entertaining!
Now for the french toast, I've added some almond extract for an extra layer of flavor, but feel free to leave this out if your mom doesn't eat nuts. Or, if you need to take a shortcut, pick up the brioche from your local bakery and just make the french toast. Your mom is sure to appreciate your breakfast efforts regardless of the shortcut.
Making food for those you care about is one of the most instinctual ways to show your love. Making it all from scratch - overflowing with love! Happy Mother's Day!