Welcome to the 1st HBinFive Bread Braid

by Michelle on November 15, 2009

For our first recipe for HBinFive we made Pumpkin Pie Brioche and we had the option of doing whatever we wanted with the dough. So as usual I went a little overboard to say the least.

I mixed the recipe exactly as written except I did use fresh yeast. The directions said “Cover (not airtight), and allow to rest at room temperature until dough rises and collapses (or flattens on top), approximately 2 hours.” So I sat the bucket of dough on my kitchen counter and went about my day. About an hour later I walked through my kitchen and I was very surprised! I swear it was only AN HOUR LATER and the dough has risen to almost the 6 qt level! This was one happy dough I had going there! The dough did fall a little bit after refrigeratation but not by much.

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I made two large loaves of Pumpkin Pie Brioche topped with raw sugar and coarse white sugar which baked beautifully. From the Pumpkin Pie Brioche I made utterly delicious Pumpkin French Toast which we totally enjoyed. And I also made Pumpkin Bread Pudding with a Cinnamon Bourbon Sauce. Both of the variations are pictured below and for the recipes just click on the title link.

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And I used the remainder of the dough to bake 12 muffins which I topped with Cream Cheese Streusel. For the muffins I just filled each cavity about half full and sprinkled some Streusel Topping on each one. After the muffins were baked and cooled, I piped on some Cream Cheese and again sprinkled with some of the Streusel.

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Streusel Topping
Recipe adapted from “not a clue”

1/4 c all-purpose flour
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 TBL butter

In a small bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut the butter in with a pastry knife until you have a coarse mixture. Spoon the topping onto the muffins before baking. Save some to sprinkle after the muffins have cooled.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe adapted from
Sprinkles

8 ounces cold cream cheese
1 stick butter, firm but not cold
1/2 tsp salt
1 pound powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine butter, salt, and cream cheese in mixer and beat on medium speed 2-3 minutes. Add sugar until just incorporated. Don’t over mix. It should be thick but not fluffy. Add vanilla. If necessary, add milk to thin.

Pumpkin French Toast

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding with a Cinnamon Bourbon Sauce

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Please feel free to click on any of the links below and visit some of our HBinFive Members and see their wonderful interpretations of this recipe!

And we have a winner in our last drawing for a free signed copy of “Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day“.

Drum Roll Please!!!!

And the WINNER IS………..Joanna of Go Ahead and Snicker! Congratulations Joanna!!

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  • Kim November 15, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Wow Michelle! You really went all out with the pumpkin brioche. Everything looks fantastic. I really wanted to make the french toast, but didn’t get around to that. Looks terrific. I’m working on my post now.

  • Megan November 15, 2009 at 2:46 am

    Love the french toast and the bread pudding. I’m hoping I get to make one or the other with what ever bread doesn’t get eaten. Loved this first recipe!

  • Judy November 15, 2009 at 2:47 am

    I have a loaf and a half in the freezer – will definitely have try to french toast with this. My blog entry is up too!

  • Pam November 15, 2009 at 2:54 am

    I didn’t get this made in time! Looks fantastic, I love all the variations that you did with it.

  • Heather B November 15, 2009 at 3:10 am

    I’m going to have to try the bread pudding and the french toast! I may have to do the french toast for breakfast tomorrow. I have half a baked loaf sliced and frozen and the rest of the unbaked is frozen (that may become the bread pudding later!)

    Great job on all of your variations!

  • Danielle November 15, 2009 at 3:18 am

    wow….great job Michelle. and thank you for putting this all together. I’m learning so much from everyone.

  • Lori E November 15, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Oh you are killin’ me here. I have out of town guest next weekend and will try to get some of this going. A good test for my new gas range.

  • Jenny November 15, 2009 at 3:59 am

    It all looks delicious–especially the bread pudding. I haven’t baked mine yet, but the dough is in the fridge and I can’t wait to try it!
    ~Jenny~

  • RJ Flamingo November 15, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Just gorgeous! Mine’s not even close. :-) I made some oven-baked french toast with half of my first loaf, and it was delicious. I’ve got my second loaf and baby brioches in the freezer, so I can enjoy this again, soon.

  • Cathy (breadexperience) November 15, 2009 at 5:23 am

    Everything looks really delicious. Your photos are great! I made French toast with one of my loaves but didn’t take photos. Plan to make crescent rolls next week and probably bread pudding for Thanksgiving. Yummy!

  • Cathy (breadexperience) November 15, 2009 at 5:24 am

    By the way, thanks for putting this bread baking group together. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

  • Judy November 15, 2009 at 5:29 am

    I especially like all the things you did with the original loaf. Might have to make another one to use for other creations.

  • niagaragirl November 15, 2009 at 6:08 am

    Wow you have a lot of Pumpkin things going on there! You did a wonderful job!

  • Bread Over Heels November 15, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    All your creations look great. I think I’ll try the french toast today – my kids always love it. Thanks for coordinating this group, it must be a lot of work and you found time to make all those wonderful things too!

  • Ezzie November 15, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you for the great pics and explanations. Mine is rising right now. I will be posting pictures in a few hours.

  • Joanne November 15, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    This bread was fantastic! I love all of the things you did with it. I am going to have to make three more loafs in order to try all of your variations, but for now I am completely content eating it plain. Or covered in pumpkin butter/cranberry sauce.

  • Tracy November 15, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Gorgeous bread! I love all your variations. I didn’t have time to make this one so I’ll just drool over yours. :-)

  • The Quintessential Magpie November 15, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Michelle, it should be against the law to have bread this good when I can’t eat it! LOL! Oh, it looks DIVINE! If only I could dive head first into that doughy goodness. YUM!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  • Chow and Chatter November 15, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    oh wow great bread and what a cute cupcake so happy to see girlichef doing it with you Rebecca

  • Brian the old man November 15, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Yummy! I would love to go right into my computer and have me a bite. Thanks Michelle.

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies November 15, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Beautiful loaf! I am going to have to get baking soon.. when I have less bread around!

  • Kathleen November 16, 2009 at 2:29 am

    That french toast looks like the perfect breakfast. Do you make house calls? hehe

  • Cristie November 16, 2009 at 5:27 am

    The pumpkin brioche is beautiful! I didn’t realize the club had begun so I missed this one, but I can’t wait to make this anyway- all the variations look wonderful.

  • Catherine November 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    I love the sound of your Streusel Topping, Michelle! I have to try making the French Toast! Your pictures look wonderful!

  • diva November 16, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    everything here looks amazing!! the french toast is what i want for breakfast tmr, i wish i could bake bread and my favourite pudding during this time of the year is bread & butter pudding. oh, love it!

  • drew November 16, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Wow! These photos are the next best thing to actually tasting these goodies. Really beautiful…

  • Krista November 17, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Better late than never! My brioche pic is up. Sorry for the quality, its a pic of the last hunk! HAHA

  • girlichef November 17, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    So, I had to leave a second link. I loved the plain loaf that I made and linked to first, but I was so inspired by everybody’s wonderful creations, that I had to make some cinnamon rolls! Won’t have time to blog them before the linky closes, so I just linked to the photos on flickr! I loved them…thanks for all of the inspiration & ecouragement :)

  • Zoe Francois November 18, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Wow, all of the recipes look so incredible! I’m beyond thrilled at how creative you were with the dough. I can’t wait to try them.

    Congratulations Joanna, I will send your book out! Happy baking!

    Zoë François

  • CMC November 20, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I finally decided on a name for the baking blog from my site…
    http://bakingetc75684.blogspot.com

    Now I need to put up the next post. Later..

  • girlichef November 23, 2009 at 12:36 am

    I FINALLY blogged my PPB Cinnamon Rolls. Thanks for keeping Mr. Linky open, Michelle… 😀

  • Kayte January 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    It’s all very pretty and looks delicious…you have such a way with photographing your food…it makes even pumpkin look good to me…and that is some difficult taste. It does, though, really really all looks delicious.

  • Beth January 30, 2010 at 4:48 am

    I posted my first bread braid a few days late, as I was travelling. I got it up as soon as I could! Really enjoying all of this fresh bread.

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