Brioche is reminiscent of the first breads ever made. When Marie-Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake!” she was referring to a bread much like brioche, in between an egg bread and cake. I watched Martha Stewart make brioche buns on her Friday, April 30, 2010 episode, and I just had to figure out a way of making a gluten-free brioche. With a few alterations I had much success! They rose very nicely. This gluten free brioche recipe is a sweet, buttery, spongy egg bread and is like nothing I have ever eaten – an experience everyone should have at least once. This recipe is much faster to make than typical brioche. You do not have to wait several times for the dough to rise, especially the one you wait for overnight. No one would ever guess this is a gluten free brioche, as it does not taste grainy. You may serve it as a dessert or with a meal just as you would serve corn bread. Brioche is very popular in New Orleans.
- 1/2 cup milk (or milk substitute), heated to 100°
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast (I use SAF brand.)
- 1 cup white rice flour
- 1 cup sweet rice flour
- 1 cup tapioca flour
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 5 eggs
- 1-1/2 stick unsalted butter (or dairy-free buttery spread)
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1 egg yolk, beaten, (for brushing outside of uncooked buns)
- In a mixer, add warm milk, sugar, salt and yeast. Mix on low (2 out 10 on a KitchenAid mixer).
- Add 1/2 cup white rice flour; mix; add another 1/2 cup white rice flour; mix; set aside.
- In a medium bowl whisk tapioca flour, sweet rice flour and xanthan gum together.
- Using a dough hook on your mixer, add about 1/2 cup flour mixture and alternate with one egg, until all is added. Continue to blend using a low speed. Do not add the next egg or flour until each is well blended. Scrape sides and bottom as needed.
- Add shortening and mix thoroughly until you see not more lumps.
- Slice softened butter into 1 Tablespoon slices. Add about 2 slices at a time until each is thoroughly mixed and there are no more lumps. This may take several minutes each time.
- Set aside to rise for 30 minutes. Do not refrigerate.
- Spoon batter equally into buttered muffin tins.
- Bake at 450° for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and lower oven to 350°.
- Brush with egg yolk and return to oven.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until dark golden brown.
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