Friday, January 9, 2015

Nutella Brioche~










So nice to have one of our favorite shows back on.
We kept telling our kids they would love this..finally three seasons later they tried it and fell in love with the show too..They even have tea during the show..
Imagine my surprise when my daughter handed me a gift when she walked in Christmas morning..and this was in it..cute little DA box..and inside this replica..it's maybe 2 inches across..
and if you push on the highest tower..the lights go on and the theme score plays♥
I thanked her ..quite more excitedly than that ..and she said..Fred bought it for you..
Sweet.Grateful.
A little booklet with the primary characters with quotes..

So maaaaany classic quotes..
Not all from the book..

"Get back in the box Miss Sharp"
"Do I look like a frolicker?"
"Oh dear ,have you swallowed a dictionary?"
"What is a weekend"?

I can hear all their voices when I read quotes from the show..

Definitely Downton Worthy is  this brioche..

In December..I happened to see Jamie's Jam Brioche on her wonderful blog~
I had seen these here and there on Pinterest..but they seemed..quite impossible..I guess I never really read into them..just looked and lusted.
Jamie made it sound doable and her ethereally gorgeous brioche made me do it:)
The link to the video helped too.
We were having the boys for a sleepover New Year's Eve..I was either going to make them Krusteez Waffles ;) or Eggos..or this..
So NYE day..around 9.30 AM I started this..
I have a very bad habit..I skip parts of recipes..I gather the general gist of a recipe and immediately step into the process..Don't do as I do:)
So I never saw that it could take up to 4 hrs to rise/proof..
And it was frigid cold here..we don't heat our homes to 70F in QC in the winter...we dress warmly even.. indoors~
So..I finally finished the brioche at 4.30..dusk..right when the boys were arriving so I snapped 38 photos in dusk in 10 mins max:)..racing my brioche to a chair in the dining room(west facing) by a candlelit window..
So the photos are misrepresentative.
It actually looked better in person.
And it was so good!
So go see how Jamie did hers..I swear my mise en place was a lot messier..

I ran out of Nutella..God Bless Jacques he went out and came how w/ a similar spread by Laura Secord..and she is an institution here.
I was gloating when I saw my brioche..not even as feminine and perfect as Jamie's..but still I gloated inside myself.
It's sinceriously fun and challenging... to make..minimally challenging.. but don't think you can say..I will make these for breakfast now..in QC in the winter..
Unless your yeast is on steroids.Or you have an oven w/ a proof setting.
To me the rolling out the dough was the trickiest..it felt like I didn't have enough dough..but I did..and knowing how much the boys love Nutella..I put too much so some of my ends even after repinching..split a bit..but still quite divaish I found.
Breakfast was super easy..yogurts with the flower on it plse(vanilla)..banana..and brioche..I warmed up pieces for them in the microwave..just like 10 seconds.
I LOVED making this.
Thank you Jamie for the inspiration for the boys NYday breakfast and my fun NYE day.

Times sure have  changed from when I was going out in a sequined halter top and palazzo pants on New Years Eve.




65 comments:

  1. Quelle superbe brioche bien gourmande ~
    Cette pâte à tartiner est pour sûr meilleure que du Nutella je suppose !
    Elle donne des étoiles dans les yeux ~

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  2. Elle est en effet délicieuse..Je crois que tu aimerais faire cette brioche..lorsqu'elle sort du four..on en est fière..on sourit:)

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  3. Oh, my! That brioche is absolutely decadent! I'd like to hear about your Epiphany Cake/Bread, if you have time to send me email. xo

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    1. Hi Nellie..basically it is 2 rounds of puff pastry with an almond type filling..you hide a trinket in it..think the little ceramic toys you find in old tea boxes..and the one that finds it...is king for a day..as the years go on..some make chocolate almond filling..pistachio almond..jam..the top of the puff pastry is scored..
      Quite pretty..
      I like the trinkets..or babies you put in them..a crown is often nestled on top.
      It is a delicious thing.

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  4. Monique, your brioche is gorgeous and your Nutella is much more sophisticated than we can buy here. I found in Provence that they devote an entire aisle in the supermarket to Nutella it is so popular. Bless Jacques, Meakin has had to run out for me at the last minute too. We're both really lucky we have such thoughtful husbands.
    Sam

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    1. We did luck out Sam..I have had no problem noticing that in Meakin..
      They are true blues..steadies..😄

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  5. Would have loved to see you in your sequined halter and pants. Can you believe I've never tried Nutella? Just don't know what to eat it on. I loved Downton last night, especially when Carson said he wouldn't allow "smut" talking around there. Sounds like your holidays were wonderful. And, that brioche sounds delicious. Guess I need to try Nutella baked in something.

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    1. We would have had to have known each othe over 41 yrs ago..that was the last of the halter tops..you can make the brioche with jam etc..We have that Chico spread here for the boys..
      It is very popular in France as Sam said..Italy etc..their quotes are brilliant on DA..I thought Carson would have been more visibly and finally smitten with Mrs Hughes.
      I just cannot wait until next week now.
      What a beautiful show.

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  6. Loved this post, you really do give yourself challenges to achieve, you must have lots of patience The Nutella Brioche looks delicious. All my grandsons love Nutella, they spread it on warm brioche here in France & the two younger ones in Denmark spread it on warm cinnamon buns, However they are only allowed it on special occasions. You really will enjoy this Downton Abbey series. it finished here just before Christmas. My Sunday evenings watching TV won't be the same.

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    1. I do like a baking challenge when it seems doable..the video Jamie recommended..is terrific.
      I don't want it to end this season Barbara..but in March ..Call The Midwife will be back on..love that too..

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  7. I love Dowton Abbey too!!
    Im waiting for the next serie.
    I love it!
    I love this little Dowton Abbey building

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    1. It is so sweet Gloria..And imagining my very tall son-in law at the cash with it makes me smile.

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  8. And I love your nutella brioche look amazing.

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  9. I recorded Downton Abbey and can't wait to watch it tonight. Your brioche looks wonderful, and I am sure it is something I shouldn't even attempt!

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    1. If you watch the video..it's a done deal:-)
      DA..even Jacques looks forward to it!

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  10. I watched last night but Jerry is not a fan. His mother and father were from Ireland.... That brioche is beautiful but I want to know about the cookies. They look yummy. I have already started to look for Valentine's day baking supplies. See anything that we must have? I remember halter tops too and hot pants and mini skirts under maxi coats.

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    1. Me too..had the hot pants..and mini skirts under maxi coats..you made me smile and remember!
      Then ..I turned into Holly Hobbie:-) I loved my Maxi Coat..felt like Dr Zhivago..
      Hmm Valentines..I pinned last year and this year..
      The stamp I used for DA..was from Amazon in the USA..I made Donellas cookies with it..the recipe is the one I posted with the orange in it..the one I made some Christmas cookies with..
      If I was you..or is it were?
      I would head to World Market..and ficus Valentines on DA..they have mugs and bags and food..
      Would be sweet and romantic..what do you think?
      Or go to Fancy Flours..Crate and Barrel..etc and see or look for different!
      You have a broader horizon than I do:-)

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  11. The wreath recipe? They were yummy but I found it hard to get the dough together. I worked a few at a time but the taste was delicious. My melting chocolate skills were pathetic. I might try to make them in a food processor so I get the butter to incorporate into the dough for rolling ( you know how I have to do a recipe more than once before I get it!). Thanks for all your suggestions. I have been on crate and barrel. Sur la table and William Sonoma but it might be too soon. Home goods had nothing yet. Off to look at your pinterest and the sites you recommended.

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    1. I have a whole Valentine folder there I should go look..yes the wreaths!What a memory you have!
      If I find cuteness not in my folder I will email you!

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  12. what a perfect gift. I am so happy to have Downton back on. I never realized you were from Canada. Have to love the Laura Secord.

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  13. Your brioche looks delicious, Monique! I've made it once and used the dough to make several things while I had extra. When I lived in the north country, I always put my dough to rise near a radiator!
    My daughter was here to see the first Downton episode of the season...she had missed the entire season before, so we watched it together last week, preparing for the opening. She had forgotten how much she liked it. Honestly, Maggie Smith is a hoot. You catch more side comments she's made when you watch a second time.
    Stay warm!

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    1. She is so on the ball with her words..I love her with Isobel Crawley:)
      LOVE the show sooo much!
      I sometimes turn the oven on and turn it off.. I may next time I make this..
      It is minus 10 F right now..

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  14. I had to laugh at your rush to snap pictures before the light was gone. I have been doing that too. Your brioche looks beautiful. I love the tiny Downton Abbey. What a thoughtful gift. I enjoyed this season's opening. So much unrest about the future. If they only knew. I guess it is a blessing not to know the future.

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    1. Penny.. if you can believe this..in bed this morning under layers..I wondered if I would like to know the future and the answer is no.I think it has to hit us unprepared so we can cultivate the courage to face it..or rejoice in it's awesomness:)
      Loved the opening..
      The Greatest Show On Earth:) one of them..

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  15. I love that word, Diva-ish! This bread is certainly that! You did a fabulous job! I think your photos are great even with fading light. I hate the light at this time of year. It is so poor. My pictures are really suffering. I love LOVE Downton. You got such a beautiful little gift there. I have never seen anything like that over here. How lovely. I am saving up to buy the latest series on dvd. It's a cracker! You will love it and it will make you cry a bit too. Love and hugs. xoxo

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    1. I often give star ratings to things that make me cry:)
      Out of joy..and sad too,And heric.I mean if I cried when Edith was saved by a villain..it tells you right away I am a mush.

      Do you have the other seasons Marie?
      It's a keeper for sure
      It's a cracker is a word I like!:)
      The light is only nice at 2.30.Imagine.:(Either too light or dark by 4.30 ish.
      We have had the fire going since 6 AM this AM..Well Jacques has had the fire going since 6..:)

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  16. Your brioche is a masterpiece, Monique. What a beautiful way to shape the dough. I saved the recipe when I saw it on Jamie's blog and am determined to try it. Anna and Bates are 2 of my favorite characters. I'm so happy this series is on again. We are savoring every minute.

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    1. That is a perfect word too savoring it.. I replay the scenes in my mind long after the episode is done.
      I have my friend Nancy to thank for us discovering DA..I had no clue..from the get go.we were got..
      I think you would enjoy making this..there's an element of worry..lol..and then when it pops out of the oven..you cannot help but smile.
      Oh if my mom was here now:)

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  17. I think this is the prettiest brioche I have ever seen! Jamie's is lovely too but your Nutella filling shows the beauty is more, I think. I had to smile at the tiny Downton Abbey and the quotes. What a charming gift! They certainly know you :) I LOVE the updated photos of the boys with the string of lights around their necks. Precious - all of them!

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    1. I meant "shows the beauty even more" :-)

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    2. I make so many typos it isn't funny..glad I catch the most risqué ones.
      You would enjoy making this Susan..I can see you:) and it..
      I had kept the small set of lights out in case the boys were over..and finally the only time they were all over at the same time was xmas morn..so amidst the chaos I was actually able to get a few..I must admit I have a few outtakes:) (Sp?)
      By this time their pj tops were off on some f them trying on new tops Santa had brought..
      They are so funny.. when I ask who gave you that watch? It's so nice they say mamie..
      But the gifts they get from us here Christmas morn..I do believe they still think it's Santa! And that we give them nothing..LOL.
      LOVE THEM..
      Like you do yours:)
      I have a funny story I tried a new loom and making a neck warmer for Oli..when I finished..I saw that it could only get on Ray's neck(their chiuhaha)..
      I am not fairy fingered lie you in the art of the knit/crochet!

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  18. Fun to peek in on the seasonal fun chez vous! How lovely to get a gift that is so special. The Christams photos on the right are so nice!!

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    1. I will change them soon..I guess we should also put away our Christmas ornaments..It has been so cold..we are still enjoying the mini lights..

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  19. This couldn't be any more stunning Monique! It's gorgeous and I the light is perfect. Thank goodness for husbands who will get us out of a cooking pinch! Scott is forever running to the market for me. So thankful for him...

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  20. So gorgeous!! I too have been guilty of not reading a recipe all the way through and then realizing I either don't have all the ingredients I need or something is going to take a lot more time than I realized. Ack! It sounds like a lovely time was had, anyways. :-). Hope all is well

    Lori
    xoxo

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    1. Now this is a New Years treat seeing you.

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  21. I am so excited to have the new season starting! We are out of town so missed the first one!
    I love that the kids have tea when they watch the show and what a treasure they brought you.
    I want to go and stay there - I saw they are now renting rooms!
    Your brioche looks so yummy! How do you stay so thin?!!!
    Have a wonderful 2015.

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    1. I bet you WILL stay there!
      I hope you do.
      Rounder since this holiday..and this sub zero weather..tea and a muffin or a shortbread go down so well.:)
      For all of us..a healthy..peaceful and happy new year.

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  22. 'Just popping in to say hello. ♥ I skimmed over this one since I haven't watched ANY of "Downtown Abbey" yet except for a bit of the very first episode (of season 1). I'll read everything related to the show (like Susan Branch's recent post about it too) after I've caught up. :)

    Have a good day, Monique. :)

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    1. Val..this show has your name written all over it.
      My daughters were reticent as I said and lo and behold..even Fred loves it.
      It just stays with you..like a best book ever.x

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  23. What a delicious way to start your New Year. That brioche couldn't possible have looked any better in person, Monique! My mouth is watering. Best wishes for a lovely 2015!

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    1. Uncanny how your blog post resonated with similarities here!

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  24. That brioche is a spectacular thing of beauty! And so are your darling DA cookies! You have the patience of a saint!
    Bisous xoxo

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  25. What a beautiful and delicious way to start the New Year…the brioche sounds delicious.

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  26. Happy new Year to you Karen..all the best~

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  27. I must say, fabulous looking dish. It is a work of art worthy of a Downton tea to be sure. I love the music for so many of those BBC-ish programs. I remember it took me ages to get the Pride and Prejudice theme out of my head. I worked with the daughter of the man who composed it and I chided him about the ear worm his score had installed in my head when he came to set. He laughed, wickedly. The Downton Abby score is nearly as good! Can't wait to have a reason to make this brioche!

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    1. You have such an interesting life Deana..!

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  28. Toutes ces gourmandises sont terriblement séduisantes et donnent envie. Bises ♥

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  29. I am back at your beautiful blog that I have read and read and been looking at all your sublime pics.
    May the New Year treat you with kindness and gentleness and many blessings!
    Take care my friend...
    Much Love
    Shel x

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    1. I know how busy you have been..so nice you!
      Happy New Year!
      Sooner than later I bet you will be a nana!

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  30. Hi Monique, you had me at nutella, gorgeous, gorgeous brioche! We had our grandsons over New Years Eve, too, what fun we had. Happy 2015!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too..
      The best NYE dates ever right?:)

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  31. We love the show also, I wish I can live back then, adore the era-))

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  32. Adorable DA little replica.
    I would love to see inside that nutella brioche...
    Next year!

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  33. Wonderful brioche (without Nutella, ahah !), wonderful pictures, wonderful blog, what else ? :-)

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  34. Qu'est-ce qu'ils ont grandi, les garçons ! Ce sont maintenant de très beaux jeunes hommes ... Quant à ta brioche, elle est juste superbe !

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  35. Oh, et Dowton Abbey qui s'illumine ! Trop chouette ! Tu as de la chance, Monique !

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  36. elle est magnifique cette brioche au nutella, waowww

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  37. Mm yummy, i love brioche. This sounds really nice to. Thanks for sharing.


    Simon

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