I’m not sure how other countries format their school year but here in Sydney, Australia we have 4 school terms that go for 10 weeks each. The kids have two weeks off school at the end of every 10 week term. Except for Christmas, when they have 6 weeks off school.
We are half way through our Christmas school holidays and next week we leave for 2 weeks in Hawaii! Yay!
I can’t wait! It’s been about 15 years since I was last there and I have such great memories from that trip and now I get to make new ones with my children!
My husband is excited for the opportunity to have a break and spend time with his family.
My 14 year old daughter (who couldn’t wait until January 1st so she could announce that next year she’ll be 16) can’t wait to go to Hawaii so she can get a tan her friends will be jealous of.
My 11 year old son has decided he wants to learn to surf (and befriend the penguins that are at the resort).
And my 4 year old son is just outraged we chose to go to Hawaii over Queensland, where all the theme parks are!
I am looking forward to going to the beach, just like we do here at home…
Without having to clean the sand out of my car or wash the endless stream of beach towels!
So I really wanted to do one last French Fridays with Dorie before we take off for a few weeks.
And as usual I picked the least practical day.
We had a great, but very late night, at an Irish/Italian wedding…
Followed by an early to start to meet friends at the water slides. They slid non stop for 8 hours…
And then, to top it off, a bunch of the boys came back to our house for a sleepover.
At 10.30 that night they settled down to watch Batman so I took this opportunity to start the dough!
I was exhausted but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed making the dough.
It felt incredibly good and satisfying.
The next morning I finished the recipe and they returned from the park having discovered new ways to ride their scooters and skateboards…
They ran inside demanding to know what smelled like croissants!
The brioche rolls were fresh out of the oven and they really did smell like freshly baked croissants.
When I pulled one apart it was incredibly soft…
And light. And fluffy. And totally delicious!
They shoved them in their mouths.
Some with jam and cream…
Others with Nutella.
They all agreed Dorie’s Bubble-Top Brioche tasted great!
I can’t wait to see what the rest of the French Fridays with Dorie team came up with!
January 6, 2012 at 11:57 pm
Enjoy Hawaii. That is one place I wouldn’t mind going back to. Especially right now that winter has given us a good slap in the face 🙂
January 7, 2012 at 1:01 am
Pretty impressive that you were able to make these with everything else going on. Happy to hear that you were able to squeeze them in, the look perfect!
And have fun in Hawaii! I’m already jealous of your weather and now I’m sure you’ll come back with more jealousy inducing pictures. This winter in Germany all we’ve had is rain, rain, and more rain 😦
January 7, 2012 at 1:17 am
Your brioche are so pretty! Mine weren’t pretty but tasted great!
Have a great holiday!
January 7, 2012 at 1:41 am
Yours look like they came out to the perfect texture! Mine didn’t pull like that. They were still delicious, but they didn’t have that stretch. Looks like you’ve been busy! Enjoy your trip to hawaii. I have a friend who lives in Honolulu, and I daydream about going back to visit her again. One of these years…
January 7, 2012 at 2:10 am
Wow…your brioches has the perfect texture ! Well done and happy holidays to you and your family. Have a pleasant trip to Hawaii.
January 7, 2012 at 3:25 am
Very impressive that you started the dough with a house full of action going on around you! Your brioches look pull apart perfect! Have fun in Hawaii, should be amazing, take a few pictures to share with the rest of us;-)
January 7, 2012 at 3:45 am
You’re brioches looks great and your story. I’m jealous. We’re in winter right now, so I’d loved to wash dirty sandy beach towels right now. Or go to Hawai.
Have a great holiday in Hawai!!
January 7, 2012 at 4:37 am
Your brioches look perfectly beautiful and delicious! Enjoy your vacation in Hawaii!!
January 7, 2012 at 8:37 am
Your brioche rolls look like the perfect snack food to take along for the plane ride–have a great time in Hawaii!
January 7, 2012 at 9:46 am
It’s always a winner when food gets crammed into hungry mouths! Your rolls look delicious!
January 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm
Enjoy your holiday! I admire you for finding time to make these before your break. They turned out super pretty.
January 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm
Hawaii with your family sounds like fun! I’m impressed that you made brioche after all that!
January 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm
Your rolls look amazing, Sanya! I wish mine had that stretch. Mine seemed to have more crumb.
Have a wonderful time in Hawaii. Its on my list of places to see, but I haven’t gotten there yet.
Happy New Year!
January 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm
Have fun in Hawaii! Great photos – love seeing what you all are up to on your break. And the rolls look like they turned out perfect.
January 11, 2012 at 11:22 am
Hope you have a great holiday in Hawaii! The brioche look like they could melt in your mouth!
February 18, 2012 at 7:44 pm
Your brioche turned out gorgeous! Mine was a little worse for wear. But that’s OK. Love your posts as usual!