Ahhh brioche. The soft, pillowy bread is a true French classic. Brioche is one type of bread that is purely delicious on it’s own, but it’s also equally amazing topped with ricotta and jam (hint, hint).
Although, I also love when the bread is incorporated into other recipes like this seriously mouthwatering caramel monkey bread or this delightful French toast. Who knew a basic bread dough could be so versatile?
Today’s recipe though breaks brioche down into it’s most simple form: a beautiful loaf of fluffy bread.
I can’t finish this post without sharing this story, because it’s just too good not to share!
2015 was my first time traveling out of the country, and Jacob and I decided to visit France during our adventure. Needless to say I was terrified to try to speak the very little French that I knew to the locals (which was literally “bonjour” and “merci”).
One morning we decided to visit one of the cute little French bakeries to see if we could find some good pastries and bread to munch on. I asked the man behind the counter for a piece of brioche, but for some reason he thought I wanted a whole loaf of it. I guess he couldn’t understand my Utah accent heh. So he started wrapping up the loaf, it took me a minute to realize what he was doing. I asked him if he could just give me a piece instead, and he was so annoyed with me. Awkward…I guess my limited French didn’t work very well with him. Oh well…at least I gave it a good try. I did end up getting my piece of brioche, and then wished I would have just gotten the loaf instead because it was that good!
This brioche is literally one of the simplest breads you will make. I seriously couldn’t believe how easy it was. You really just mix all of the ingredients together, knead it a few times, let it rise, roll it into balls, bake it and voilà! You’ve got yourself a pretty little brioche loaf, perfect for breakfast, a snack or whatever else suits your fancy. It doesn’t get easier or more delicious than this folks!
You won't believe how easy this brioche bread is to make! This light and fluffy bread is perfect for breakfast and topped with your favorite jam. It truly is a delightful French classic.
- 10 tablespoons butter melted
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon milk or water
- pinch of salt
Melt the butter in the microwave. Combine with the eggs, sugar, and salt. Add the milk to a separate bowl and warm in the microwave for a couple seconds, until lukewarm. Dissolve the yeast in the milk.
Add the ingredients, including the flour, to a mixing bowl. Using a dough hook, or your hands, knead the dough until it is elastic and smooth.
Punch down dough and cover the bowl with a damp towel. Let sit in a warm place for at least one hour or until doubled in size.
Prepare a 9x5 in bread pan by greasing with a little bit of butter. Divide the dough into 10 equal balls. Place them into the bread pan laying them side by side, gently flattening and stretching the dough so they all fit. Leave the dough for 20 minutes to rise, covered with a kitchen towel.
Preheat the oven to 370° F. Make the egg wash by mixing the egg yolk, milk or water and salt. Lightly brush the mixture over the dough. Bake the bread for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Allow bread to cool to room temperature before slicing. Serve with whipped ricotta and jam if desired.
Store bread in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze for later use.
Adapted from Happy Kitchen. Rocks.
Try my Garlic and Rosemary Focaccia Bread next!