Hazelnut & almond brioche

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Ingredients – makes 1

For the brioche:

  • 300 ml + 2 tablespoons milk
  • 50 g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 500 g flour
  • 25 g sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 11g fast-action dried yeast
  • 6 tablespoons hazelnut & almond paste

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Method

Make the brioche:

  • Melt the butter with 300ml milk in a small saucepan over a low heat while stirring, take off the heath and beat in 1 egg.
  • Tip the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl, add the liquids and mix well to combine.
  • Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 8 minutes until a smooth and elastic dough, then divide it in half.
  • Roll one piece out into a large rectangular with a thickness of 3mm, spread half of the hazelnut & almond paste in a thin layer evenly over the dough. Starting with a long side, roll the dough into a tight coil. Repeat with the other half of dough.
  • Slice the dough coils in half lengthwise to expose the filling, then braid the 4 pieces. Cover the inside of a bread tin with baking paper. Place the braided dough in the tin, letting it curl around itself if it’s too long for the tin.
  • Cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
  • Mix 1 egg with 2 tablespoons of milk, brush the dough with the egg wash and bake for 40 minutes in the preheated oven.

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