Supremely tender and fluffy Garlic Cheddar Swirled Brioche Rolls made the 10 minute, no knead way!
It seems I have a moment with every experimental recipe when I’m positive things won’t work out. For this bread, it happened almost immediately.
This brioche recipe comes from the totally genius Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day website. If you haven’t heard of ABin5 (because honestly, who has the time to write that out?), it’s a specific way of making bread which requires only 5-10 minutes of prep time and a long rest to get flavorful, fluffy bread every time. There’s no kneading and no proofing the yeast. You literally just throw everything into the pot, stir, then let the dough rest in your refrigerator for up to 5 days.
I’ve had great success with the basic no knead bread recipe, but I was craving something a little more special for our Easter dinner this year. And nothing says special like brioche. Brioche is a rich, fluffy bread made with an amount of butter and eggs you’d be better off forgetting as soon as you taste it. In other words, it’s splendid for the holidays.
Other than whisking up your eggs and melting the butter, this recipe is really no harder than the original ABin5. You simply stir together the yeast, water, salt, eggs, and butter then slowly stir in the flour until a dough forms.
It was as I stirred in the flour that I had my moment o’ panic. This dough could only be described as strange.
Exhibit A (#ewww):
Lumpy, wet, and clumpy, I took one look at it and immediately decided it was never going to turn out. But I couldn’t bring myself to throw away 8 eggs and 3 sticks of butter (yep, you read that right!) so I stuck the batter in the fridge anyway and waited.
Whaddaya know, the darn thing rose.
Exhibit B (whaaaaat???):
It was still all kinds of strange, but I decided to roll it out and cover it in cheese and garlic anyway. Cheese and garlic can cover a multitude of sins. That’s what I always say.
Exhibit C (A rectanglish shape. This is me being the opposite of precise):
The dough got rolled up cinnamon roll style, cut into pieces and laid in a muffin tin. I put it in the oven, held my breath, and waited once again.
After 10 minutes, the kitchen filled with the smell of yeast and garlic. Maaaaaaybe this was actually going to work.
After 20 minutes the bread was pillowy and golden, with a lovely swirl of cheddar. Still disbelieving, I had to eat one straight out of the oven. The dough flaked apart in glorious swirls, revealing the cheesy centers. It was tender and light, better than I ever imagined.
I’ve talked before about my belief that bread baking is an exercise in faith. It’s still a mystery to me that such simple ingredients–flour, salt, yeast–can create something so deeply satisfying. The risen loaf is an everyday reminder that grace is still active, still moving in the mundane workings of my life. It tells a tale of hope, even when we’re waiting. Even when we doubt. Even when we can’t see how the lumpy, bumpy mess of our lives could possibly be redeemed.
Easter is a beautiful time to reflect on Jesus’ death and the miracle of resurrection, but I fear our reflection often begins and ends on a single day, when really, resurrection is happening all around us. Jesus is present, living among us, breathing life, restoring souls, bringing rest to the weary and justice to the oppressed. Even when things look like a hot mess, He is here. As Tony Campolo famously said, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming.” Resurrection is just around the corner.
It may sound silly, but sometimes I need a simple yeasted bread to remind me Jesus is still in the business of taking this scraggly, jagged, broken world and making something beautiful.
Let’s grab the butter and eat to that.
For the brioche:
- 1 ½ cups lukewarm water
- 1 tablespoon granulated yeast
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
- ½ cup honey
- 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm, not hot
- 7 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
For the filling:
- 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
This recipe only uses 1/3 of the dough so you can use the rest to make brioche burger buns or a regular loaf of bread (it makes great french toast!)
Recipe adapted from Artisan Bread in 5