Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche

This Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche is tender and buttery. With a hint of citrus and plenty of bittersweet chocolate, you won’t want to stop eating it. Bake some up soon. You’ll love it.

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I try to keep it light here at Awesome on 20. People come for cheese and chocolate and other assorted carbs. And yet there’s so much more to life than just what we eat. Granted, we can’t actually have one without the other, but somehow I just can’t find it in me to be totally lighthearted at the moment.

It seems every day the world grows a bit heavier. There’s some new terror to contend with. And while I am immensely privileged that none of this affects me directly, I still feel the weight of it. I’m thousands of miles away from wildfires and bombs, and I feel powerless in the face of such devastation and cruelty. I notice it in the kids at my school as well. They’re scared, and I don’t know how to realistically reassure them.

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I know we can give. I know we can vote. I know we can be more conscientious about how we spend our money. But beyond that, the one thing I’ve always clung to is compassion. We’ve got to hold onto each other more fiercely than ever. And not just the people who are close to us, but to every single other. We are all precious and worthy of love.

So even though the world seems to be falling apart at the moment, maybe it is still okay to get in the kitchen and bake. I can’t think of anything more cozy and comforting than this loaf of Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche. It fills your home with the scent of citrus and fresh baked bread. Could there be a more heavenly combination? This bread is buttery and light. Eat it warm so the chocolate is slightly melted. It’s pure heaven.

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This is another recipe from the incomparable Paul Hollywood. The first time I tried it, I had no idea if it was going to turn out. This was my first brioche loaf. It was more than fine. I couldn’t stop eating it.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can mix up the dough the night before and let it rise in the fridge overnight. I actually think it’s much easier to do it this way. There’s also no complicated shaping. Just divide the dough up into eight balls and place them strategically in your loaf pan.

Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I also happen to know that if you bake this and then have to go out of town for a few days and leave it in your fridge, it will go a bit stale. Don’t worry. Make it into French toast. It’s unbelievable.

The world is very uncertain. Find what you know to be true. Make something beautiful and share it with others. Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche is a good place to start.

If you want to try your hand at more yeasted bread, try this pillow soft Potato Bread.

Citrus Gin Fizz | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Citrus Gin Fizz

Citrus Gin Fizz | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We made it, kids. It’s finally Friday. When we started out the week, it felt like Friday was a million years away, but now it’s here, and I’m in it. And guess what kids. I’m making a cocktail.

Drinking gin makes me feel like a grown up for some reason. The first time I tried it, I was in my mid 20’s and with two older friends who I thought were super cool. I did not enjoy the gin at the time, and it made me feel distinctly unsophisticated. So now, when I drink it and actually enjoy it, it’s like I’ve finally left my girlish days behind.

Citrus Gin Fizz | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Of course, we’re still adding some sweetness to this Citrus Gin Fizz with fresh juice, agave syrup, and of course, it can’t be fizz without Club Soda. You can use bottled juice if you like, and certainly go that route if you already have it on hand. That’s what I used the first time around, and it was still awesome. But if you want to really get in to Friday, I suggest buying fresh citrus. Fresh squeeze your juice and add some fruit slices to your glass. It adds to the magic. I promise.

Citrus Gin Fizz | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Fridays only come around once a week. You need to celebrate them. Make yourself a lovely cocktail, and get to living.

Citrus Gin Fizz
Serves 1
Citrus Gin Fizz is sweet and bright and wonderfully sunny.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 ounces gin
  2. 1/2 ounce orange juice
  3. 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  4. 1 ounce agave syrup
  5. Club soda
  6. Orange and lemon slices to garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Stir together gin, juices, and agave syrup. Add ice and top up your glass with club soda. Garnish with orange and lemon slices if you like.
Notes
  1. Fresh squeezed juice is awesome, but bottled is great, too. Do what's easiest for you.
Adapted from My Year in Cocktails by John Cusimano
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