Nothing expresses your love as much as a tasty homemade gift. All you need is a bucket of brioche, a heart shaped cookie cutter and red decorating sugar to make this gorgeous heart shaped loaf. It’s an easy and fast project to do with little kids on Valentine’s Day.
I mixed this batch of Brioche dough from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day with Gold Medal Bread Flour. It made the dough a bit tighter, which means that the heart shaped loaf will hold its shape even better. If you have a batch of the regular brioche dough (made with all-purpose flour) in the refrigerator, by all means use it and you’ll have excellent results.
2 pounds brioche dough (page 189 ABin5), made with Gold Medal Bread Flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Red and/or white decorating sugar
To make the heart shaped bread:
Roll the brioche out to 1/8-inch thick rectangle. Use a 2 1/2-inch Heart Cookie Cutter to create the heart shape pieces of dough.
Use water and a Pastry Brush to “glue” the heart pieces together in a Heart shape.
Allow the heart bread to rest for 40 minutes, lightly covered with plastic. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Brush the loaf with the melted butter.
Sprinkle the loaf with the Decorating Sugar.
You don’t want to use granulated sugar or it will caramelize in the oven.
Bake for about 25 minutes, or just until the bottom edge turns golden. You don’t want the loaf to brown.
Allow to cool slightly, eat this loaf slightly warm.