Elevate any breakfast table with this freshly baked French favourite.
Oct 10, 2023 4:14am
- Serves 12
Brioche is a rich, buttery, and slightly sweet bread of French origin. It is famous for its tender crumb, golden crust, and delightful taste. One of the defining features of brioche is its high butter content, which contributes to its rich flavour and soft, delicate crumb. Incredibly versatile, it can be served as a standalone bread or enjoyed with butter or jam. It is also commonly used as a base for French toast, sandwiches, or in modern times, hamburger buns
Whisk 14gm (4 tsp) yeast, 80ml warm milk and 1 tbsp caster sugar in a small bowl until yeast dissolves. Cover; stand in a warm place until mixture is frothy (10-15 minutes).
Mix 600gm plain flour, 1 tsp fine salt and 2 tbsp caster sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with a dough hook, until just combined. Make a well in the centre then add yeast mixture and 5 beaten eggs; mix on medium until a smooth dough forms (4-5 minutes).
While mixing, gradually add 225gm butter, one-third at a time, and beat until dough is elastic and pulls away from sides of bowl (8-10 minutes). Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 180°C fan-forced. Remove dough from fridge, divide into three equal portions; roll each portion into a 45cm length. Place dough lengths on a large, greased oven tray; cross lengths over and under each other to form a plait. Cover; stand in a cool place for 1 hour or until dough has nearly doubled in size.
Brush plait with extra beaten egg; sprinkle with extra sugar. Bake brioche for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 160°C; bake for a further 20 minutes or until golden and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Serve warm with your choice of jam or marmalade.