ffwD: Mini Brioche Loaves

Happy 2012, Doristas! It’s been a full week since I’ve posted, but it feels like a year in blogging-time. I took so much time away because *drumroll, please* I moved into a new place! It took me and one strong friend to move everything in approximately nine hours over two afternoons. But, that was only the actual moving time. I spent several hours over the New Year’s weekend (both tipsy and hungover) worrying about whether my place would be ready by the promised due date and packing up as much stuff as possible beforehand. With everything boxed up, I wasn’t in the mood nor was my old kitchen in any state to cook or bake something. But, no worries. I knew that once I was in my new place, I’d be able to unpack one of my favorite Christmas presents I received this year: a boysenberry-colored Kitchen Aid that my sister (Codename: DSN Engineer) gave me! She also got me the meat grinder attachment, but that’s for another post.

Anyway, after being in my new place for a couple of days just getting used to the new space and layout, I finally got around to opening my Kitchen Aid and made this week’s ffwD recipe! These mini brioche loaves will always hold a special place in my mind as they were the first recipe I made with my Kitchen Aid, the first recipe I made in my new kitchen, and the first recipe I made in 2012! (Yes, this was planned.)

I opted for mini loaves because I so rarely get to use my four mini loaf pans. And, even though my dough didn’t rise as much as Dorie said it would (probably because I used up the last of the paper packaged yeast that survived the move), I didn’t care! These loaves smelled sweet and delicious while baking and tasted even better! They were eaten by me and my friend who helped me move as part of a “thank you for helping me move” dinner involving all of January’s ffwD recipes.

To see how other bloggers fared with their bubble-top brioches or brioche loaves, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

66 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tasty Mayhem
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 09:11:54

    Congrats on the new place (the granite countertops look nice) and I love the new Kitchen Aid! I got mine many years ago as a Christmas present, and never cease to find uses for it, even though I rarely bake anymore. And lucky you to get the meat grinder attachment – its on my list…maybe Santa will be good next year…Brioche was a great kick off; I wouldn’t make dough without the Kitchen Aid. And your mini loaves turned out lovely. šŸ™‚

  2. Jen (@trafficjamjen)
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 09:14:51

    Wow, just hearing about your move gives me anxiety! Congrats, and I am happy that you are settling in. Those brioche loaves look so tasty. And I wish I had a Kitchen Aid. šŸ˜¦

  3. InCucinaDaME
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 09:21:34

    What a lovely way to start the year!
    A new place (congrats) a Kitchen Aid (I could not do without it !!!) and a new, great, recipe.

  4. Ronda
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 09:32:09

    Those look very tasty!

    And I am very jealous of that meat grinder attachment. I have been wanting to get one. I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  5. Cher
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 09:36:20

    Congrats on the hew digs and the KA! (Love the countertops, by the way).
    I absolutely love my grinder attachment and use it fairly often (homemade sausage & home ground hamburger meat are so much better than what you can get at most grocers). Maybe the pasta roller attachment will come your way next šŸ™‚

  6. Elin
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 09:41:36

    Wow…how I envy you with a new place and a new KA ! Your brioche rolls looks delicious. I shall make this again for our breakfast…love the buttery flavor of these brioches šŸ™‚

  7. Eileen
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 09:56:45

    I’m in love with the color of that KitchenAid! I don’t think boysenberry was an option six years ago when I bought mine. Congrats on your new place! Moves are always stressful, but once they’re done and you’re all unpacked, it’s so great. (at least for me, the house will never be as neat again as it is in that just-unpacked, everything’s in its place phase). A lovely recipe to start a lovely year in a lovely new home!

  8. marcella
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 10:12:50

    Both your mixer and your mini loaves are awesome! How exciting to move and have a new treasure to use to bake your first recipe with. Best wishes for the new place!

  9. big big sis
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 10:56:43

    That’s a great picture, and the loaves are making me hungry (although it is lunchtime). Congrats on the new place – we need to catch up soon!

  10. Anita Menon
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 10:58:40

    Wow.. super looking loaves. Grand effort.

  11. andrea janssen
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 11:09:23

    What a great gift. I really want one, but they are so expensive around here.
    Congrats on your new place and your kitchenaid.
    Your loave looks great (but with such a machinery it should have).

  12. oneexpatslife
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 11:21:53

    I’m SO jealous of your christmas present! It’s just gorgeous! And your little brioche loaves look delicious, great job.

  13. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 11:57:19

    This looks wonderful and so does that mixer. She gets the sister of the year award. You will love that attachment too!

  14. Trice
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 12:04:38

    Mmmmm Love Brioche!

  15. Caroline
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 12:05:18

    Congrats on the new place, how exciting!! And what a great first recipe to break in the kitchen, and of course the gorgeous new mixer. I need to invest in the meat grinder attachment for mine! Can’t wait to see what you use it to make. x

  16. asmita
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 12:28:30

    Would love to start making brioche at home like you, that is just amazing! i love the color of your mixer. Very striking.

  17. JamieAnne
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 12:50:35

    I’m glad you’re all settled in!

    Your new mixer is BEAUTIFUL.

  18. spicegirlfla
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 13:09:18

    Love that bosenberry color!! Beautiful! Glad your settling in and baking away in your new kitchen!!

  19. hotlyspiced
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 13:36:26

    What lovely looking rolls. I’m sure they tasted as yummy as they look. I bet you’re glad the move is over – such a horrible chore of a job. Love your new kitchen aid – what a generous sister!

  20. Inger Wilkerson
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 15:01:49

    Congrats on the move–and I can’t wait to see what you do with the meat grinder!

  21. Beth
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 15:58:16

    Congratulations on the move, and on the Kitchen Aid! Your brioche looks wonderful.

  22. Patty
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 16:20:02

    Congratulations on your new place! Your new Kitchen Aid is beautiful and looks like it came in handy to make your brioche, looks so good from the loaf pan;-)

  23. Parsley Sage
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 16:28:00

    Yay! Congrats on a successful move and on that AWESOME new mixer. Jealous!

  24. TrafficDiva
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 16:55:22

    These loaves look just a beautiful as your new home!!! Congrats, once again, sweetie…it couldn’t have happened to a better person!! Best Wishes in 2012!! =)

  25. thebigfatnoodle
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 17:02:09

    Huge kudos to you. I just tried making a brioche loaf today but it didn’t raise properly! Yours looks absolutely divine!

  26. Kathy
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 17:07:23

    Congrats on your new place and your new Kitchen Aid! What a sweet gift…you have a very nice sister. Such a pretty color! Your brioche looks perfectly delicious!! Happy New Year!

  27. Three-Cookies
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 17:09:25

    They look so buttery in the photo, one of the best looking brioches I have ever seem

  28. brambleoak
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 17:28:46

    Congrats on your new home. The brioche looks delish. I’ll have to give it a whirl. šŸ™‚

  29. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 19:41:40

    I can’t decide what’s prettier, that gorgeous brioche or the Boysenberry Kitchen Aid…i think the brioche might just edge out the mixer, though!

  30. Jen at The Three Little Piglets
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 20:44:50

    What an awesome way to break in your new mixer!! Love the color too, and congrats on the new place!

  31. Lola's Kitchen
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 20:58:37

    Congratulations on the new place and the new mixer! Mini loaves sound like a great idea.

  32. Adriana @ GreatFood360Ā°
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 21:18:42

    Your sister freaking rocks. You’ll enjoy the stand mixer so much! Your mini loaves are awesome – I made mine in my mini-bundt pan for a change. šŸ˜‰

  33. Elaine
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 23:07:33

    My loaf didn’t rise very much either, but I loved every little morsel. What a great Christmas gift you got and just in time for this post. I think it would have been so hard to make these without a stand mixer. Congratulations on your new place!

  34. Ann
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 23:17:03

    These look absolutely stunning! Congratulations on your new mixer – aren’t they amazing! Your sister is the coolest to get it for you! Also – congratulations on your new place AND your first recipe! I’m sure 2012 is going to be delicious!

  35. Kay aka Babygirl
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 23:20:25

    You always have something wonderful here on this blog… and I just love these Brioche Loaves.. they look amazing.

  36. kyleen
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 23:33:17

    Congrats on the move! Gorgeous brioches. They look so golden brown and buttery; all I want to do is tear into one!

  37. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 01:43:35

    Congratulations on your move!!! I love the color of your new Kitchen Aid. And what a great way to break it in! Those loaves look beautiful!

  38. Baker Street
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 02:36:20

    Congratulations on the new mixer! The mini loafs look delicious. šŸ™‚

  39. vianney
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 02:39:31

    CONGRATS!!! on the new place, the amazing mixer and these lovely loaves!! 2012 is starting off sweet!!

  40. Cakelaw
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 03:42:10

    Congrats on the move! Hope you are enjoying your new digs. Your brioche loaves look great. And so happy you now have a Kitchenaid – I love mine.

  41. Andi Winslow
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 09:16:15

    Well, I was wondering where you were! Your mixer is my color, I want it! Anyways the bread looks wonderful and hope you are happy in your new home and getting settled in. Andi

  42. saffronandhoney
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 09:18:53

    Congrats on the move and the kitchenaid!! Yum. I love brioche šŸ™‚

  43. Liz
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 09:24:12

    What a nice sister!!!! Your loaves look fabulous…just look at the tender interiors! Brava!!!! And congrats on your new place~

  44. Janet Rudolph
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 10:53:02

    Lucky you. I love my KitchenAid. As a matter of fact, I bought one for my nephew & his wife when they got married, and they returned it! Horreur! Said they didn’t have enough space. I relate to that, but I’m such a baker that I consider it more important than a coffee makre. OK, I don’t drink coffee šŸ™‚ Can’t wait to make the brioche. I used to bake a lot of my own bread, but with all the great bakeries around, it was hard to match them for variety-not to mention saving all that time. However, there is something so soothing about kneading and making bread. Great photos, too!

  45. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 11:26:23

    I love the color of that Kitchen Aid! The brioches look perfect!

  46. Audrey Allure
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 12:19:37

    Looks scrumptious!

  47. Frankly Entertaining
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 14:08:01

    Congratulations on the move. It sounds like it’s been a busy week! I have a four loaf mini pan that I never use, maybe this will be an option!

  48. rebecca
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 15:16:16

    what a great thing to bake in a new place looks lovely

  49. eatinglikeahorse
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 16:26:41

    Your food pictures always make me feel hungry and these are no exception, they look fantastic!
    Hope you’re all settled in the new place and random fact, I’ve got identical work surfaces in my kitchen šŸ™‚

  50. Lisa @smartfoodandfit
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 16:33:41

    Congrats on the new place! Looks like you have a wonderful sister, your mixer looks gorgeous on your beautiful stone countert top! Great way to break in your new mixer with this scrumptious recipe! Looks so gourmet!

  51. JasmyneTea
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 18:03:33

    Yum, they look so good! And I love the colour of your kitchen aid šŸ™‚ happy new year, I hope your new pad is awesome!

  52. betsy
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 21:10:03

    You have the sister of the year. What a great gift. Too bad she couldn’t share one of those luscious looking loaves. Congratulations on your new home. May you be very happy there.

  53. Miriam
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 21:41:35

    I am so happy for you! The bread looks awesome :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  54. Terra
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 22:39:17

    I am so glad I have the recipe book, because I do love this recipe! I read another FFWD blogger, and decided I need to enjoy the recipe VERY soon! Your loaves look wonderful:-) Hugs, Terra

  55. peachkins
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 00:23:12

    Happy 2012! Those are beautiful bread!

  56. Shannon from Healthiful Balance
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 05:49:49

    Wow! Those look so delicious! šŸ™‚ Homemade bread is the best!

  57. Louise
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 08:05:17

    Oh how exciting, Yummy! A new home, friends to share and lovely loaves to break together. Wishing you tons of happiness in your new place.

    I’m yet to get a Kitchen-Aid, but when I do, it will absolutely need to be Boysenberry!!!

    Thanks for sharing…

  58. Ameena
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 09:17:43

    I don’t think I’ve ever had brioche before…although I might have stumbled across some on a recent trip. Not sure. I was eating so much that things were sort of a blur!

    Looks delicious!

  59. jora
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 09:51:21

    I love the color of your new kitchen aid, how exciting! Enjoy cooking in your new kitchen (I think we have the same countertops)! Your brioche loaves are a great start, they came out beautifully.

  60. sara
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 12:50:05

    Loving the new Kitchen Aid – gorgeous color!!! šŸ™‚ And a great choice to do mini-loaves for brioche since it’s so rich…yum! šŸ™‚

  61. kitchenbelleicious
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 14:12:15

    yeah on the new digs and I love these loaves. Brioche has to be my all time favorite type of bread.

  62. Juliana
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 15:22:07

    Your brioche loaves look great…I love the taste of brioches…yummie!
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend šŸ™‚

  63. Chaya
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 16:30:40

    Congrats on your new place. Enjoy every moment there.
    And a new Kitchen Aid—-you lucky gal. We will watch what you make with it and enjoy all your baked goods such as the beautiful brioche.

  64. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 14:59:16

    What gorgeous, gorgeous bread. I love the Boysenberry colored Kitchen Aid. I haven’t seen that color before and I’m a little jealous frankly. Congrats on being able to move in to your new kitchen! YAY! What a great start to the new year!

  65. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 11:42:54

    Oooh – boysenberry Kitchen Aid – lucky girl! New place and kitchen aid! I love how your loaves look, next time I’m going with loaves. Congratulations on a new place and Happy New Year!

  66. sally
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 08:55:24

    How cute are these little brioche loaves, and what a fantastic gift! I love the color of your new mixer. Congrats on your new place too!

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