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Flour to bake brioche style bread

So last night I baked Maritozzo- one of my favorites. Itís a brioche-like round bun with loads of whipped cream in it- that dates back to Rome in the Middle Ages.

Always wanted to try. And very disappointed that the bun didnít turn out as round as I would have liked. It still looks and tastes good but Iím wondering if itís the flour. Recipe called for strong bread flour which doesnít really exist here (I mean the term), and have been advised before to use Urdinkel (high protein). Partner bought Dinkel instead (he thought it was the same thing) which has slightly lower protein level as Urdinkel. Iíve checked the flour that has Zopf pictures on it and protein level also not high.

So wondered- has anyone baked a brioche before (because itís a similar texture to Maritozzo) and what flour did you use?
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Re: Flour to bake brioche style bread

What you’re after is something called “Zopfmehl”, will work perfectly for brioche. Should be able to buy it in most supermarkets.

https://produkte.migros.ch/terrasuisse-zopfmehl
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Re: Flour to bake brioche style bread

Isn't strong flour something like "Halbweissmehl"? Not "Ruchmehl", IIRC. Anyway, for Brioche, I've always used white flour.
Don't know about Maritozzo, but with Brioche, the secret seems to be the kneading/beating of the dough (DON'T use your hands) rather than the flour.
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Re: Flour to bake brioche style bread

I always make brioche with the farine pour tresse (Zopfmehl) and it works perfectly.
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Re: Flour to bake brioche style bread

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Isn't strong flour something like "Halbweissmehl"? Not "Ruchmehl", IIRC. Anyway, for Brioche, I've always used white flour.
Don't know about Maritozzo, but with Brioche, the secret seems to be the kneading/beating of the dough (DON'T use your hands) rather than the flour.
Why not?
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Why not?
AFAIK, dough with a lot of fat (my brioche recipe uses 500g butter with 500g flour) shouldn't get too warm . The warmth from your hands could be too much.
I'd have to ask for more details, but I was explicitly warned by the person giving me the recipe (a professional cook) not to knead with my hands.
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Re: Flour to bake brioche style bread

I use 00 flour.
Was happy to see that COOP now sells it under Sapori Pizza flour.
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Re: Flour to bake brioche style bread

Thanks for your replies! Okay, going to try with Zopfmehl next weekend. Fingers crossedÖ the recipe I followed used a kneading machine which I donít have so did it by hand. Found another recipe that doesnít use the machine so will try that with Zopfmehl
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