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Simple Brioche Loaf Recipe

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Sliced brioche loaf bread
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Subtly sweet brioche loaf is a humble version of the more time intensive classic recipe. The simplicity of the preparation is deceptive, though; the delicate texture and heavenly aroma rival any traditional brioche found in Paris.

Cook's note: Dress up your brioche loaf with the addition of a teaspoon of citrus zest or a pinch of aromatic spice.

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Prep Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 50 minutes


  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup milk, warm
  • 2 ¾ oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs plus 1 egg, divided and lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar


In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Gradually add the warm milk, butter, and 2 eggs into the flour mixture; knead until the dough is smooth. The dough is ready to rise when it is completely smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Cover the bowl, and allow the dough to rise for 2 hours, or until it is doubled in size.

Transfer the dough from the bowl onto a floured work surface and punch it down a few times. Divide the dough into 3 equal-sized balls. Roll each ball into a 10-inch long rope, and then braid the ropes together. Tuck the ends under and place the braid in a greased 9-inch by 5-inch baking pan. Alternately, you can punch the dough down and form it into a simple oval. Cover the pan and allow the dough to rise for an additional 45 minutes to 1 hour, until it is doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the dough covering, gently brush the loaf with the beaten egg, sprinkle with a small amount of sugar, and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 25 minutes, until the brioche is golden brown. Allow it to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, and then transfer it to a wire cooling rack.

Makes 10 servings.

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 5 out of 5
I'll cook it again, Member 818maomao

It was a very easy recipe and delicious. It was the recipe which i picked online because it has only 2 eggs. I'll cook it again w/raisins next time. Thanks!

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