The Christmas holidays are slowly approaching. Of these, we will not take the opportunity to do crazy things. On the program, it will be rather nice family moments, quiet at home. And it’s still pretty cool. We’re going to stop complaining about what we don’t have, and instead rejoice in what we have.
I’m thinking of betting everything on snacks (and also aperitifs, but hey, that’s not the topic of the day). The key word will be gluttony. What do you think of a good hot chocolate accompanied by small brioches that have just come out of the oven? Me, I’m 100%.
Right now, I love adding mini marshmallows to my hot chocolate. They all become melting, it’s too good. As for my brioches, I wanted to give them a little Christmas air. So I made them a nice tree shape.
I love the result. And I think you will enjoy it too.
Plus, it’s really, really easy to do.
I chose to garnish my little Christmas trees with spread and hazelnuts. It is a perfume that always appeals to both adults and children. Of course, you will choose the spread you want.
Brioche Christmas trees with spread:
2 tsp dehydrated baker’s yeast
500g T45 flour
1/4 tsp salt
30g of sugar
Warm the milk very slightly.
Add sugar and yeast.
In the robot bowl, put the flour, salt and milk.
Knead for about 8 minutes. Add the butter in small pieces after one minute of kneading.
Leave to rise in the covered bowl for about 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes. The dough should double in volume.
At the end of this time, place the dough on the lightly floured work surface and divide it in 2. (Inspiration on this blog)
Thinly roll out the first piece, making a long strip. Flour if necessary, and lift the dough regularly.
Cut a strip of about 12/13 cm, then cut out triangles.
To make the first tree, take 3 triangles. Spread 2 and sprinkle with hazelnuts.
Put them on top of each other. Then cut as in the photo: first 2 notches for the foot, then 4 on each side for the branches.
Twist the branches on themselves to make the tree.
Place on a baking sheet.
Do the same until the dough is used up. You will do about 10.
Cover with cling film and leave to rise at room temperature for about 1 hour 30 minutes.
After this time, preheat the oven to 180°C.
Bake the buns for about 12 minutes.
Make a syrup with the sugar and water by bringing them to a boil.
Take out of the oven, brush a little syrup on the fir trees, and sprinkle with hazelnuts.
To finish: you can make them in advance and store them in the freezer. A light passage in the oven, and frankly, it’s as good as the first day.