Brioche Veneziana is one of the protagonist of your breakfast in Venezia! You can find it in every pastry store in Venezia, served in every bar with your Cappuccino! Let’s recreate the same experience at your home! ENJOY!
250 grams Flour 00 (Alternatively all-purpose flour or cake flour)
1/2 packet of active dry yeast (In Italy, it is lievito di birra liofilizzato and a packet is 7g)
50 grams of sugar
1/2 packet of vanilla (or 1-2 drops of vanilla essence)
1/2 lemon grated rind
1/2 teaspoon of salt
36 grams butter
100-125 ml warm milk (don’t have to use all)
Sift flour and add active dry yeast in a bowl. Form a well and add sugar, vanilla, lemon rind, egg, salt and melted butter. Mix well. Note: My well wasn’t really a well haha! Add warm milk a bit at a time and use your hands to knead until you get homogenous and smooth dough. You don’t have to use all the milk. For this step, I used a hand mixer with a dough hook. Cover the dough and let it rise for 90-120 minutes until double in size. Punch the dough down and divide the dough into 9 pieces about 60-65 grams per piece.
Form each piece into a ball and place on a baking sheet. Let them rise for another 30 minutes. While waiting for the dough to rise the 2nd time, prepare the pastry cream.
1 egg yolk with 1-2 teaspoons of milk
Topping: Pastry cream
1 egg yolk
25 grams sugar
10 grams of flour
80 ml of milk
vanilla essence and lemon rind
Powdered sugar to dust
In a pot, mix egg yolk and sugar until creamy. Add flour and mix well to make sure the mixture is not lumpy. Slowly add the milk and mix until smooth and creamy. Add lemon rind and vanilla essence. Cook over low heat until becomes thick. Keep stirring and keep an eye on it constantly. Let it cool.
Brioche Recipe: Assembling Veneziana
Brush the dough balls with the egg wash. When cooled, place the pastry cream in a piping bag. If you don’t have one like me, place it in a small plastic or ziplock bag and cut a small corner. Pipe pastry cream on the dough making rings. Start in the middle. Bake at 180C for 13-15 minutes. When it has cooled slightly(5-10 minutes), dust with powdered sugar.