I made this bread because i had 2 grandchildren for overnight and i wanted something special for breakfast. this bread has wonderful orange taste in a not too sweet brioche bread.
- In a saucepan heat butter, 1/4 cup milk, sugar, and salt. . beat eggs. when butter melts remove from heat . add to beaten eggs.Place this mixture into bread machine container. finely chop orange peel and add to milk and egg mixture in the bread machine. heat water and add raisins to water to plumb and add to egg mixture in the bread machine container. add flour on top of liquid and eggs in the bread machine container then place yeast on top of flour. put on dough setting. when done with dough cycle place on floured surface and let rest covered for 5 minutes. divide rested dough into three equal parts. roll each piece into 26 inch length. lay side by side and braid. pinch each end of braid together. transfer braided ring to large greased baking sheet. cover with plastic wrap and let rise 40 minutes; dough will rise slightly. preheat oven to 350 degrees. lightly brush top with milk, place a foil ball or ovwn-safe jar or glass in middle to retaain shape. bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown in color.
This is a great brioche recipe however if you were not familiar with a bread machine the instructions might now be clear. They should be separated by steps. This is what I did: I melted the butter in the microwave and added the milk, sugar salt and eggs and added this to my bread machine. The added the flour and yeast and orange peel. I set it on my dough setting and added the plumped raisins (I actually used cranraisins) when the machine beeped for the addition. When dough was finished I braided it and baked it. Wonderful orange taste. Made for PAC Fall 2008.
I wanted a quick breakfast item for my mother-in-law during her recent visit. This was a winner! The directions are clear and the end result was wonderful! Brought rave reviews from mother and mother-in-law.