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California Avocado Bruffin

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Ingredients

Serves: 16
  Brioche Dough (recipe follows)
  Filling (recipe follows)
  sea salt
    Brioche dough:
8 1/4  cups  unbleached all-purpose flour
Tbsp.  sea salt
Tbsp.  active dry yeast
1 1/2  cups  lukewarm water
  large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2  cup  honey
cups  unsalted butter, melted
    Filling:
  Fresh California Avocado*, peeled, pitted and sliced
cup  sharp, cheddar cheese, shredded
Tbsp.  green onions, cut small circles
1/2  cup  sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
cup  bacon, cooked and diced (reserve bacon grease to brush on finished Bruffins)
Tbsp.  rendered bacon fat from pre-cooking the bacon

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados

Instructions

Brioche dough:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and yeast.
  2. Add water, eggs, honey and melted butter to the flour mixture, stirring until the ingredients come together to form a shaggy ball. Cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap and put it in a warm place to rise for 2 hours. At this point, the dough will be very sticky; transfer it to the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours (or up to 5 days).

Assembly:

  1. Once the dough has chilled and is easier to handle, transfer it to a floured work surface. Fold the dough over 3-4 times to develop the gluten. Then let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Divide into 2 even balls then roll out each ball into a 12″ x 16″ x ½”-thick rectangle. Brush the entire surface with the rendered bacon grease. Sprinkle filling in an even layer over the top of the dough and then roll it up lengthwise into a long log. Use a serrated knife to cut the dough log into 8 equal segments.
  3. Butter/baking release 16 jumbo muffin cups. Place each segments into a muffin cup, cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise until the dough is puffed (approximately 1 hour, depending on the environment), or put in a proofing box for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. When the dough has almost finished rising, preheat oven to 350°F.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes the reduce heat to 300°F. Rotate pans and cook for another 15-20 minutes or until golden. Remove the rolls from the muffin cups and let cool completely. Brush lightly with more rendered bacon fat while cooling and a light sprinkling of sea salt.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger avocados, adjust the quantity accordingly.

Dave Woolley, CD Culinary Approach, Denver, CO

Recipe courtesy ofChef Dave Woolley, CD Culinary Approach LLC, Denver, CO

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