Raisin Breakfast Bread (Cramique)

“A lovely lean sort of brioche from Belgium, this particular version comes from Wittaner, arguably the best pastry shop in Brussels, and is featured in Nick Malgieri's "A Baker's Tour." This bread should be cut into relatively thin slices and makes great sandwiches and toast.”
READY IN:
2hrs 50mins
YIELD:
1 loaf
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Place 1 1/2 cups flour in the bowl of your mixer.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk togathere the yeast and th milk, then whisk in the egg yolks.
  3. Stir the egg mixture into the flour.
  4. Using the paddle, mix on the lowest speed for 2 minutes; stop the mixer and allow the dough to rest for tene minutes.
  5. Add the butter, sugar and salt to the bowl along with the remaining 1/2 cup of flour and mix on the lowest speed until combined; then mix on medium speed until the dough is smooth and elastic, about another 3 - 4 minutes.
  6. Beat in the raisins on the lowest speed (if necessary, plump the raisins in hot water to soften, drain, pat dry and add).
  7. Scrape the dough into a buttereed bowl and turn the dough over so that the top is buttered.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise til doubled, about an hour.
  9. Meanwhile butter a loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment.
  10. After the dough is risen, scrape it onto a floured board.
  11. Press the dough into a rectangle brush off any excess flour; stretch th dough into a rectangle and then fold like a business letter about the length of your loaf pan.
  12. Tuck in the ends and lay the loaf in the pan, seam side down.
  13. Butter a piece of plastic wrap and cover the bread with it (buttered side down) and allow the loaf to rise til doubled, about an hour.
  14. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  15. When the loaf has completely risen, place on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake until the bread is a deep golden color and reaches an internal temperature of 200 degrees F., about 30 minutes.
  16. Unmold onto a rack and cool on its side.
  17. Eat it then or wrap and freeze.

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