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Big Black Dog: Welcome to the 1st HBinFive Bread Braid

November 14, 2009

Welcome to the 1st HBinFive Bread Braid





For our first recipe for HBinFive we made Pumpkin Pie Brioche and we had the option of doing whatever we wanted with the dough. So as usual I went a little overboard to say the least.

I mixed the recipe exactly as written except I did use fresh yeast. The directions said "Cover (not airtight), and allow to rest at room temperature until dough rises and collapses (or flattens on top), approximately 2 hours." So I sat the bucket of dough on my kitchen counter and went about my day. About an hour later I walked through my kitchen and I was very surprised! I swear it was only AN HOUR LATER and the dough has risen to almost the 6 qt level! This was one happy dough I had going there! The dough did fall a little bit after refrigeratation but not by much.



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I made two large loaves of Pumpkin Pie Brioche topped with raw sugar and coarse white sugar which baked beautifully. From the Pumpkin Pie Brioche I made utterly delicious Pumpkin French Toast which we totally enjoyed. And I also made Pumpkin Bread Pudding with a Cinnamon Bourbon Sauce. Both of the variations are pictured below and for the recipes just click on the title link.



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And I used the remainder of the dough to bake 12 muffins which I topped with Cream Cheese Streusel. For the muffins I just filled each cavity about half full and sprinkled some Streusel Topping on each one. After the muffins were baked and cooled, I piped on some Cream Cheese and again sprinkled with some of the Streusel.



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Streusel Topping
Recipe adapted from "not a clue"

1/4 c all-purpose flour
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 TBL butter

In a small bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut the butter in with a pastry knife until you have a coarse mixture. Spoon the topping onto the muffins before baking. Save some to sprinkle after the muffins have cooled.


Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe adapted from
Sprinkles

8 ounces cold cream cheese
1 stick butter, firm but not cold
1/2 tsp salt
1 pound powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine butter, salt, and cream cheese in mixer and beat on medium speed 2-3 minutes. Add sugar until just incorporated. Don’t over mix. It should be thick but not fluffy. Add vanilla. If necessary, add milk to thin.



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Pumpkin Bread Pudding with a Cinnamon Bourbon Sauce



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If you are participating in the HBinFive Bread Braid, please be sure to add your permalink below, and not your general address. And if you have time please leave a comment. Every once a while the Mr. Linky flies the coop and we can then find your photos by clicking on the comment links.

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Please do not add your link below until your HBinFive post or pictures are actually published.

***If any HBinFive member is concerned about linking up with the Mr. Linky Gadget please send an email to me at ms dot bigblackdog at gmail dot com with your name and the URL of your pictures and I will link you up as soon as I can.



Please feel free to click on any of the links below and visit some of our HBinFive Members and see their wonderful interpretations of this recipe!









And we have a winner in our last drawing for a free signed copy of "Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day".

Drum Roll Please!!!!

And the WINNER IS...........Joanna of Go Ahead and Snicker! Congratulations Joanna!!






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33 Comments:

Blogger Kim said...

Wow Michelle! You really went all out with the pumpkin brioche. Everything looks fantastic. I really wanted to make the french toast, but didn't get around to that. Looks terrific. I'm working on my post now.

November 14, 2009 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Love the french toast and the bread pudding. I'm hoping I get to make one or the other with what ever bread doesn't get eaten. Loved this first recipe!

November 14, 2009 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

I have a loaf and a half in the freezer - will definitely have try to french toast with this. My blog entry is up too!

November 14, 2009 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I didn't get this made in time! Looks fantastic, I love all the variations that you did with it.

November 14, 2009 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Heather B said...

I'm going to have to try the bread pudding and the french toast! I may have to do the french toast for breakfast tomorrow. I have half a baked loaf sliced and frozen and the rest of the unbaked is frozen (that may become the bread pudding later!)

Great job on all of your variations!

November 14, 2009 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

wow....great job Michelle. and thank you for putting this all together. I'm learning so much from everyone.

November 14, 2009 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Lori E said...

Oh you are killin' me here. I have out of town guest next weekend and will try to get some of this going. A good test for my new gas range.

November 14, 2009 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

It all looks delicious--especially the bread pudding. I haven't baked mine yet, but the dough is in the fridge and I can't wait to try it!
~Jenny~

November 14, 2009 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger RJ Flamingo said...

Just gorgeous! Mine's not even close. :-) I made some oven-baked french toast with half of my first loaf, and it was delicious. I've got my second loaf and baby brioches in the freezer, so I can enjoy this again, soon.

November 14, 2009 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Cathy (breadexperience) said...

Everything looks really delicious. Your photos are great! I made French toast with one of my loaves but didn't take photos. Plan to make crescent rolls next week and probably bread pudding for Thanksgiving. Yummy!

November 14, 2009 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Cathy (breadexperience) said...

By the way, thanks for putting this bread baking group together. It's going to be a lot of fun!

November 14, 2009 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

I especially like all the things you did with the original loaf. Might have to make another one to use for other creations.

November 14, 2009 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger niagaragirl said...

Wow you have a lot of Pumpkin things going on there! You did a wonderful job!

November 15, 2009 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger Bread Over Heels said...

All your creations look great. I think I'll try the french toast today - my kids always love it. Thanks for coordinating this group, it must be a lot of work and you found time to make all those wonderful things too!

November 15, 2009 at 6:25 AM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Thank you for the great pics and explanations. Mine is rising right now. I will be posting pictures in a few hours.

November 15, 2009 at 6:58 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

This bread was fantastic! I love all of the things you did with it. I am going to have to make three more loafs in order to try all of your variations, but for now I am completely content eating it plain. Or covered in pumpkin butter/cranberry sauce.

November 15, 2009 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

Gorgeous bread! I love all your variations. I didn't have time to make this one so I'll just drool over yours. :-)

November 15, 2009 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger The Quintessential Magpie said...

Michelle, it should be against the law to have bread this good when I can't eat it! LOL! Oh, it looks DIVINE! If only I could dive head first into that doughy goodness. YUM!

XO,

Sheila :-)

November 15, 2009 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow great bread and what a cute cupcake so happy to see girlichef doing it with you Rebecca

November 15, 2009 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Brian, the old man said...

Yummy! I would love to go right into my computer and have me a bite. Thanks Michelle.

November 15, 2009 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Beautiful loaf! I am going to have to get baking soon.. when I have less bread around!

November 15, 2009 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

That french toast looks like the perfect breakfast. Do you make house calls? hehe

November 15, 2009 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Cristie said...

The pumpkin brioche is beautiful! I didn't realize the club had begun so I missed this one, but I can't wait to make this anyway- all the variations look wonderful.

November 15, 2009 at 11:27 PM  
Anonymous Catherine said...

I love the sound of your Streusel Topping, Michelle! I have to try making the French Toast! Your pictures look wonderful!

November 16, 2009 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger diva said...

everything here looks amazing!! the french toast is what i want for breakfast tmr, i wish i could bake bread and my favourite pudding during this time of the year is bread & butter pudding. oh, love it!

November 16, 2009 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger drew said...

Wow! These photos are the next best thing to actually tasting these goodies. Really beautiful...

November 16, 2009 at 5:37 PM  
Anonymous Krista said...

Better late than never! My brioche pic is up. Sorry for the quality, its a pic of the last hunk! HAHA

November 17, 2009 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger girlichef said...

So, I had to leave a second link. I loved the plain loaf that I made and linked to first, but I was so inspired by everybody's wonderful creations, that I had to make some cinnamon rolls! Won't have time to blog them before the linky closes, so I just linked to the photos on flickr! I loved them...thanks for all of the inspiration & ecouragement :)

November 17, 2009 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Zoe Francois said...

Wow, all of the recipes look so incredible! I'm beyond thrilled at how creative you were with the dough. I can't wait to try them.

Congratulations Joanna, I will send your book out! Happy baking!

Zoë François

November 18, 2009 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger CMC said...

I finally decided on a name for the baking blog from my site...
http://bakingetc75684.blogspot.com

Now I need to put up the next post. Later..

November 20, 2009 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger girlichef said...

I FINALLY blogged my PPB Cinnamon Rolls. Thanks for keeping Mr. Linky open, Michelle... :D

November 22, 2009 at 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Kayte said...

It's all very pretty and looks delicious...you have such a way with photographing your food...it makes even pumpkin look good to me...and that is some difficult taste. It does, though, really really all looks delicious.

January 7, 2010 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

I posted my first bread braid a few days late, as I was travelling. I got it up as soon as I could! Really enjoying all of this fresh bread.

January 29, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

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