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French Brioche Recipe

French Brioche is a yeasted dough and has lots of eggs, plenty of butter and milk to make that spectacular golden rich, tender, soft bread
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
resting time rising 10. 5 hours10 hrs 30 mins
Total Time9 hrs 30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: east french Brioche Recipe, Classic Brioche Bread Recipe, French Brioche Recipe, sweet yeasted bread rich and delicious
Servings: 24 slices
Calories: 189kcal


  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup milk warmed
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 large egg for egg wash before baking
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 4 1/4 cup flour
  • 16 tbs butter 2 sticks = one cup


  • Add the warmed milk, yeast, and honey to a kitchen stand mixer bowl
  • Allow yeast to "proof", letting the honey feed the yeast to let it foam and begin working
  • Place the eggs in a small bowl and slightly beat the eggs, breaking up the yolks.
  • Add eggs, salt, sugar and vanilla to bowl and mix together
  • Slowly add your flour to the egg mixture and mix slowly until fully incorporated
  • While the bowl mixes on low, gradually add the sliced or cubed butter increasing the speed to medium and continuing to knead the dough for about 10 minutes
  • When the dough is smooth, elastic and no longer sticks to the side of the bowl, the gluten has been developed. Remove from bowl and place in a well oiled or buttered clean large bowl
  • Allow the dough to rise covered in a warm spot for 1-1/2 hours until doubled in size. Turn out onto floured surface and et rest
  • When dough has risen , clean the bowl, re oil it and set aside.
  • Flatten the dough on your floured surface and fold into center and reshape into a ball and place agoin into cleaned and oiled bowl.
  • Place dough in bowl in the refrigerator and allow to rise and remain in there for anywhere from 4- 24 hours. Suggestion to do this prep at night and allow to remain in the fridge overnight.

How to shape the 2 loaves

  • Remove the dough from the fridge and split the dough in half.
  • Oil the inside loaf two 9 x 5 " loaf pans
  • Divide each half of dough into 10 small balls
  • Shape these balls making sure they are smooth and place into your loaf pan
  • Allow dough to rise for about 2 hours until the dough reaches just above the height of the loaf pan
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • After dough has risen take one egg, beat it in a small bowl and add one tablespoon of milk and brush the top of each loaf
  • Place your loaves in the preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes until the inside of the loaves temperature reached 185 degrees and the top is golden brown. Check the color of the crust after twn minutes. If the top starts to brown to quicky tent the top loosely with tin foil
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely


Serving: 1g | Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 321IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg