Brioche made simple... I let my bread machine knead the dough, then I make the plait and leave it to rise all afternoon. My boys are crazy about it!
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150g butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons caster sugar
360g plain flour
2 teaspoons dried active baking yeast
2 tablespoons water
sugar crystals or sugar pearls
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Method Prep:30min › Extra time:5hr rising › Ready in:5hr30min
Place the dough ingredients into your bread machine in the order listed above, and choose the program for "dough."
Flour a work surface and your hands. Remove the dough from the machine and form a ball, then divide the ball into 3 equal parts. Roll each ball out to form a rope, and seal the ropes tightly together at one end. Make a tight plait, then seal the ropes together at the other end. Tuck the ends under so that only the plaited pattern is visible.
Place the plait on a buttered baking tray. Cover with a damp tea towel and let the brioche rise until doubled, about 4 hours.
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Whisk the egg and water together for a glaze, and brush over the brioche. Sprinkle with sugar crystals or pearls.
Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 25 minutes.