Week 186: Savoury brioche couronne

Prosciutto is such an expensive treat in Singapore, and the once or twice I tried it, I really was not impressed. So, despite the fact the original Paul Hollywood recipe uses prosciutto, I just couldn’t be bothered to use them in my loaves.

When I was in Europe I while back, I decided to bring back some cheap prosciutto. And this weekend, I finally had the chance to use them in my brioche loaf. And they are delicious! Like, this is going to be the only meat for my savoury brioche from now on!

For the brioche

500g bread flour, plus extra for dusting

10g salt

10g instant yeast

170ml warm full-fat milk

4 large eggs

170g unsalted butter, at room temperature

1) Mix all the ingredients except butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix using the dough hook until dough is homogenous.

2) Continue mixing and add the butter in 6 or 7 additions, ensuring each addition is fully incorporated before adding the next.

3) Mix until dough is smooth and shiny and pulls away from the side of the bowl, about 15 minutes.

4) Thoroughly oil a 3 litre container and tip the dough in, cover and allow to prove in the refrigerator overnight.

To assemble

60g chilli cheddar

95g roasted garlic

200g prosciutto

1 egg, for egg wash

Grated parmesan

1) Lightly flour your work surface and tip the proved dough onto it.

2) Roll the dough out to approximately 30cm x 40cm rectangle.

3) Spread the roast garlic as evenly as you can on the rolled out dough, then, arrange the prosciutto over the roasted garlic. Finally, sprinkle the grated cheddar on top of the ham.

4) Roll up the dough from the long side of the rectangle tightly. Using a sharp knife, cut all the way down the middle of the rolled up dough. Arrange the 2 long strains side by side, with the cut side up. Then, twist the 2 strains together, and finally shape it into a round.

5) Transfer the round onto a floured baking tray and allow to prove at room temperature for approximately an hour.

6) 20 minutes before you are ready to bake, pre-heat the oven to 200C, without fan.

7) Prepare egg wash and brush it generously over the proved dough. Then, grated the parmesan on top of the dough before putting the loaf into the pre-heated oven.

8) Bake for approximately 25 minutes until golden brown.

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