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Tuesdays With Dorie: Brioche Raisin Snails


This week’s Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is Brioche Raisin Snails, chosen by Peabody of Culinary Concoctions by Peabody. Thanks Peabody for choosing a wonderful and delicious recipe! I loved the opportunity to try something new, as I had never made brioche before. This was also my first time setting fire to something in the kitchen! (Thanks to David for helping me with this step!) I loved how the flambe added to the flavor of the raisins and the overall finished product. I made the whole recipe for the brioche and put half of it in the freezer for later use, as Dorie recommends that you do not try to halve it. When I made the brioche roll, I just made a few snails and froze the rest so that I could bake snails as I wanted them.

I loved this recipe. If you like cinnamon rolls, you will also like these. The taste is very similar, but the raisins add a lot to the overall flavor of the snails. I also liked the glaze on top and how the glaze, raisins, dough, and pastry cream all blended together when they were eaten. The pastry cream was delicious. It had a great consistency- very smooth and creamy. Next time I would love to try some of the variations on the cream that Dorie recommends. David and I got into these when they were hot out of the oven! I think they are the perfect dessert or late-night treat. I added more of the cinnamon-sugar mixture because I believe that you can never have too much! The dough is not very difficult to make, but you do need to make sure you plan in advance because the brioche dough needs to chill in the refrigerator overnight. The dough was great to work with. I had such an easy time rolling it out. This is a great recipe because it is not very difficult, but still gives you a great feeling of having put in time and effort to make something truly delicious.

Next week’s recipe will be a Caramel-Topped Flan, chosen by Steph of A Whisk and A Spoon.

Be sure to check out our Tuesdays With Dorie blog to see everyone else’s version of the Brioche Raisin Snails!

Exciting news!Β  Dorie featured us on her own blog!Β  She is such a fabulous person, so be sure to check out her post here.

Brioche Raisin Snails

1 cup moist, plump raisins
3 tablespoons dark rum
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
Scant 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 recipe for Golden Brioche Loaves(can be found below), chilled and ready to shape (make the full recipe and cut the dough in half after refrigerating overnight)
1/2 recipe Pastry Cream (can be found below)
For The Optional Glaze
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
About 1 teaspoon water
Drop of pure vanilla extract

Directions: Getting Ready: Line one large or two smaller baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
Put the raisins in a small saucepan, cover them with hot water and let them steep for about 4 minutes, until they are plumped. Drain the raisins, return them to the saucepan and, stirring constantly, warm them over low heat. When the raisins are very hot, pull the pan from the heat and pour over the rum. Standing back, ignite the rum. Stair until the flames go out, then cover and set aside. (The raisins and rum an be kept in a covered jar for up to 1 day.)

Mix the sugar and cinnamon together.

On a flour dusted surface, roll the dough into a rectangle about 12 inches wide and 16 inches long, with a short end toward you. Spread the pastry cream across the dough, leaving 1-inch strip bare on the side farthest from you. Scatter the raisins over the pastry cream and sprinkle the raisins and cream with the cinnamon sugar. Starting wit the side nearest you, roll the dough into a cylinder, keeping the roll as tight as you can. (At this point, you can wrap the dough airtight and freeze it up to 2 months; see Storing for further instructions. Or, if you do not want to make the full recipe, use as much of the dough as you’d like and freeze the remainder.)
With a chef’s knife, using a gentle sawing motion, trim just a tiny bit from the ends if they’re ragged or not well filled, then cut the log into rounds a scant 1 inch thick. Put the snails on the lined baking sheet(s), leaving some puff space between them.

Lightly cover the snails with wax paper and set the baking sheet(s) in a warm place until the snails have doubles in volume–they’ll be puffy and soft–about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Getting Ready To Bake: When the snails have almost fully risen, preheat the oven: depending on the number of baking sheets you have, either center a rack in the oven or position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Remove the wax paper, and bake the snails for about 25 minutes (rotate the sheets if you’re using two, from top to bottom and front to back after 15 minutes), or until they are puffed and richly browned. Using a metal spatula, transfer the snails onto a cooling rack.
If You Want To Glaze The Snails: Put a piece of wax paper under the rack of warm rolls to act as a drip catcher. Put the confectioners’ sugar into a small bowl, and stir in a teaspoon of water. Keep adding water drop by drop until you have an icing that falls from the tip of a spoon. Add the vanilla extract, then drizzle the icing over the hot snails.

Golden Brioche Loaves

2 packets active dry yeast
1/3 cup just-warm-to-the-touch water
1/3 cup just-warm-to-the-touch whole milk
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature but still slightly firm
For The Glaze
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water

To Make The Brioche: Put the yeast, water and milk in the bowl of a stand mixer and, using a wooden spoon, stir until the yeast is dissolved. Add the flour and salt, and fit into the mixer with the dough hook, if you have one. Toss a kitchen towel over the mixer, covering the bowl as completely as you can– this will help keep you, the counter and your kitchen floor from being showered in flour. Turn the mixer on and off a few short pulses, just to dampen the flour (yes, you can peek to see how you’re doing), then remove the towel, increase the mixer speed to medium-low and mix for a minute or two, just until the flour is moistened. At this point, you’ll have a fairly dry, shaggy mess.

Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula, set the mixer to low and add the eggs, followed by the sugar. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for about 3 minutes, until the dough forms a ball. Reduce the speed to low and add the butter in 2-tablespoon-size chunks, beating until each piece is almost incorporated before adding the next. You’ll have a dough that is very soft, almost like batter. Increase the speed to medium-high and continue to beat until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 10 minutes.

Transfer the dough to a clean bowl (or wash out the mixer bowl and use it), cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature until nearly doubled in size, 40 to 60 minutes, depending upon the warmth of your room.

Deflate the dough by lifting it up around the edges and letting it fall with a slap to the bowl. Cover the bowl with the plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator. Slap the dough down in the bowl every 30 minutes until it stops rising, about 2 hours, then leave the uncovered dough in the refrigerator to chill overnight.

The next day, butter and flour two 8 1/2-x-4 1/2-inch pans.

Pull the dough from the fridge and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cut each piece of the dough into 4 equal pieces and roll each piece into a log about 3 1/2 inches long. Arrange 4 logs crosswise in the bottom of each pan. Put the pans on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat, cover the pans lightly with wax paper and leave the loaves at room temperature until the dough almost fills the pans, 1 to 2 hours. (Again, rising time with depend on how warm the room is.)

Getting Ready To Bake: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

To Make the Glaze: Beat the egg with the water. Using a pastry brush, gently brush the tops of the loaves with the glaze.
Bake the loaves until they are well risen and deeply golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer the pans to racks to cool for 15 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the pans and turn the loaves out onto the racks. Invert again and cool for at least 1 hour.

Pastry Cream

2 cups whole milk
6 large egg yolks
1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits at room temperature

Bring the milk to a boil in a small saucepan.
Meanwhile, in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk the egg yolks together with the sugar and cornstarch until thick and well blended. Still whisking, drizzle in about 1/4 cup of the hot milk– this will temper, or warm, the yolks so they won’t curdle. Whisking all the while, slowly pour in the remainder of the milk. Put the pan over medium heat and, whisking vigorously, constantly and thoroughly (making sure to get the edges of the pot), bring the mixture to a boil. Keep at a boil, still whisking, for 1 to 2 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat.

Whisk in the vanilla extract. Let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk in the bits of butter, stirring until they are full incorporated and the pastry cream is smooth and silky. Scrape the cream into a bowl. You can press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of the cream to create an airtight seal and refrigerate the pastry cream until cold or, if you want to cool it quickly–as I always do–put the bowl into a larger bowl filled with ice cubes and cold water, and stir the pastry cream occasionally until it is thoroughly chilled, about 20 minutes.

28 Responses

  1. Great looking snails!!!!

  2. These look great! I too made brioche for the first time and did the whole flambee thing for the first time! Great idea to freeze everything to use as you want. Your rolls look just delicious!

  3. They’re beautiful! And oh-so-tasty looking. I agree that more cinnamon sugar was in order, and I’ll probably do that the next (!) time I make these.

  4. Your snails are making me hungry! That’s a gorgeous colour and glaze you have on them.

  5. These look wonderful! This was also my first time with brioche and I made the other half of the dough into a loaf – I highly recommend it πŸ˜‰

  6. I think yoru snails turned out really lovely! I thought flaming the raisins was very exciting! Your picture makes me want to make them again!

  7. I totally agree with you, I love the way this recipe made me feel that I’d really accomplished something at the end! Especially as it was completely out of my realm of experience before I started it. Your rolls look fab, good job!

  8. Your picture looks delish! I definitely think more cinnamon-sugar would feed my sweet tooth. Great job!

  9. I couldn’t wait to get into mine either! They were delicious!

    Great job on your snails! Just looking at the picture makes me want to make some more!

  10. Id like to make a few tweaks next time too. Maybe I will really try cherries next time. They look fab, great job!

  11. Great looking snails! I agree that more cinnamon would be good. In fact, I think next time I’ll try using the brioche dough for cinnamon rolls. I ended up making a pan of dinner rolls with the remaining dough, and they were excellent, too. No need for butter! =)

  12. I definitely learned a lot with this recipe. Your snails look fabulous!

  13. Beautiful job with this week’s uber-challenge!

  14. The snails look gorgeous.

  15. You have made beautiful “Snails!” Like your idea of doing TWD re-winds – I might try some myself as it’s such a fabulous recipe book.

  16. Great looking snails! I used almost twice the cinnamon and sugar because I’d made it up and my sprinkling was horrible. πŸ™‚

  17. Those are some fine looking snails:) Yummers!

  18. First kitchen fire? You’re lucky πŸ˜‰ And I don’t think your glaze could look more perfect. Great job!

  19. We should get some sort of patch for first-time flambΓ©e-ers. πŸ˜‰ Lovely close-up. Mmmmmmmmm, snails.

  20. They look so tender and flaky! Lovely!!

  21. your snails turned out great! i’m so glad that i saved some in my freezer… they were so good!

  22. They look absolutelty perfect!. I think these snails could be served for every occasion,

  23. Lovely looking snails!

  24. As long as there are no eyebrows missing πŸ™‚
    You did a fabulous job! Bravo!

  25. That is just a perfect little snail. You were smart to freeze the dough and bake as you go. We already devoured our batch because they are so good. Beautiful job!

  26. Welcome to the world of brioche. So glad you liked the snails.

  27. great job on the snails – they turned out beautiful! πŸ™‚

  28. […] cookbook: The Secrets of Baking and saw that she had a recipe for brioche doughnuts. I have had really good experiences with brioche, so I figured these would be really good. We loved these! They had a great dough texture and a […]

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