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Brioche for Beginners

My family discovered fresh brioche bread a few months ago and have loved it ever since! How did we miss this delicacy of bakery goodness?!

And now to make it at home! After a few experiments, here is the homemade brioche recipe. And it’s so good! Which leads me to today’s song “C’est si Bon” (“It’s So Good”) sung by Eartha Kitt. Take a listen and I think you will agree that this brioche is so good!



  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Combine 4½ cups flour, yeast and salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, water, and sugar.
  3. Melt butter just until it is very soft. Do not let it get hot.
  4. Whisk butter into egg mixture.
  5. Pour egg and butter mixture into flour mixture.
  6. Beat on low with standing electric mixer for 5 minutes. Dough should be smooth and soft.
  7. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rise for 90 minutes.
  8. Spray 2 bread pans, 8½” x 4½”.
  9. Spread remaining ½ cup flour on a bread board.
  10. Dump dough onto flour.
  11. Using a silicone scraper spatula, pull the edges of the dough over onto the center of the dough, turning bread board 90 degrees each time. Pull dough until it can be handled. It will still be very moist.
  12. Divide dough into four even sections.
  13. Shape each quarter into a flat ball about 4 inches across by tucking the dough under itself with your fingers.
  14. Place two balls of dough in each pan. Flatten slightly with your fingers. Cover with waxed paper. Let rise for 70-90 minutes.
  15. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  16. Bake 35 minutes.
  17. Remove bread from pans and put on rack to cool for two hours before slicing.
  18. Store in a sealable bag in freezer if not using right away.

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About Jillaine: As a professional jazz singer who also studies law, savoring daily nosh with family refreshes me. You are invited to my table to try great food, hear tasty music, and join in upbeat conversation!

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