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Mushroom and Cheese Brioche

Easy, Moderate, Complex

Yields: 6 servings

Nota :

  • Morels and Oyster mushrooms and button mushrooms can be replaced by any other mushroom
  • For your first attempt at preparing poached eggs, you may want to carefully break each egg onto a small cup, plate or bowl before adding it to the water.
  • A perfectly poached egg has a lovely rounded shape, a soft yet firm white and a deliciously runny yolk. Time is of the essence when it comes to poaching eggs.
  • Problems will most definitely arise if the eggs are cooked at a temperature that is too high, if the eggs are not very fresh or if there is not enough water in the saucepan.
  • Use a saucepan or a deep frying pan, which allows you to fill it with about 3 inches of water. The eggs should be covered with water during cooking and the 3 inch depth of water ensures that the eggs will not stick to the pan.
  • Poached eggs must be cooked in water that is very gently bubbling or simmering. The water is first brought to the boil and then by turning the heat down on the cooker, is allowed to gently simmer. The eggs are carefully added to the pan at this point. If the water is boiling too fiercely, the eggs will be forced to move around too much, causing them to break up and lose their shape. A gentle simmer allows the egg to sit in one place throughout cooking and cook nicely.
  • By using the freshest eggs possible, eggs that are less than four days old, you are more likely to achieve a perfectly poached egg that keep its shape. With a fresh egg, the white will stay close to the yolk and should not spread out thinly.
  • Vinegar should be added to the water as it begins to boil, as this will help the egg white to coagulate more quickly and form a neat and compact shape. Without the vinegar, disaster may occur. Use about 1 tablespoon of vinegar for each pint of water. Bear in mind that the vinegar may slightly flavor the eggs, so do not use too much or a vinegar that is too strong if you are not so keen on a vinegary tasting eggs

Ingredients:

  • For the truffle bread pudding:
  • 1 pound loaf of brioche (450 g)
  • 4 cups of milk (1 l)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 truffle, sliced (Optional)
  • 2 cups sliced morels (500 ml)
  • 2 cups chopped button(500 ml)
  • 2 cups sliced oyster mushrooms (500ml)
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 4 cups grated Gruyère cheese (1 l)
  • Salt and pepper
  • For the poached eggs :
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar (15 ml)
  • For the salad :
  • 1 cup microgreens
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (15 ml)
  • Salt and pepper

 Method

  1. For the mushroom and cheese brioche, cut the brioche into one-inch cubes.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add the diced brioche, truffle peelings and chopped thyme to the bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight.
  3. In a skillet over medium-high heat, sautée the morels, button and oyster with the shallots for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add half gruyere cheese to brioche mixture, then add mushroom and shallots to brioche and cheese mixture.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F (180 ˚C).  Pour the bread pudding mixture in an oven-baked dish.  Add the remaining cheese. Season with salt and pepper.  Bake for 45 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. 
  5. For the poached eggs, fill a saucepan with 3 inches of cold water, add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.
  6. As the water reaches boiling point, reduce the heat and allow the water to simmer.
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the water.  Swirl the water around.
  8. Break the eggs into a small plate or bowl and slide it into the water with care, holding the plate as near to the water as possible before allowing the egg to slowly slip into the water.
  9. For the more experienced cooks, break the egg above the pan and let it slip straight into the water.
  10. Once the eggs are in the water, you can help shape it using a spoon or spatula. Let the eggs cook for 3 – 3½ minutes, allowing for the size of the egg and the preferred doneness of the egg yolks.
  11. Remove each egg with a slotted spoon and drain for a few seconds on kitchen paper. Trim any stringy or dangling bits with a knife or scissors if you wish.
  12. Serve the poached egg on top of the truffle bread and garnish with a little bit of microgreens