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brioche bread loaf with a slice of brioche bread and sliced butter beside it

Brioche Bread

This fluffy, buttery, yeast bread goes perfectly with salted butter.

Course bread
Cuisine French
Keyword brioche bread, brioche bread recipe, brioche recipe, what is brioche
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings 32 slices (2 loaves)
Calories 97 kcal
Author Dina

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup warm milk 110 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 1 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 2 tsp dry active yeast
  • 7 -7 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened

Instructions

  1. In a glass bowl or large measuring cup, combine milk, 1/4 cup sugar, and yeast. Leave this mixture in a warm place for about 20 minutes. Once it becomes frothy, give it a quick stir.
  2. Place the flour (start with 7 cups) and salt, and 3/4 cup sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Then pour the warm yeast mixture into the bowl.
  3. Crack the eggs into a bowl and give them a quick whisk just to loosen them. Add the beaten eggs and vanilla extract to the rest of the ingredients in the mixer bowl.
  4. Using the hook attachment, beat the dough until it begins to come together.
  5. Cut the butter into slices and add 1/2 cup. Continue kneading the dough until the butter is well incorporated.
  6. Add the remaining 1/2 cup slices butter and kneed the dough on high speed for about 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. If the dough isn't coming together well enough, add the remaining 1/4 cup flour.
  7. Place the dough onto a light floured surface and round it into a ball. Place it into a bowl greased with oil (lightly grease the top of the dough as well). Then cover with a cheesecloth and leave in a warm place for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  8. Once the dough has proofed, divide it into two equal pieces. These two halves will make two loaves of bread.
  9. Starting with one of the two dough halves, divide that half into three equal balls. Roll those three balls into long stands.

  10. Begin crossing over the three strands in a braid like fashion. Once you get the the end, pinch the dough to seal the braid. Repeat steps 8-9 with the other dough halve. (If you don't want to do a braid, just place the 3 dough balls on the loaf pan.)
  11. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray and place the braided dough into the pan. Cover with a cheesecloth and let it proof in a warm place for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  12. Once the dough has proofed, brush with egg wash (1 beaten egg + 1 tsp water) . Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
Brioche Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 97 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 53mg2%
Potassium 28mg1%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.