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How to make enriched brioche bread

Enriched Brioche Dough

Emma Duckworth
Rich, buttery, soft and light, Enriched Brioche Bough is one of the most versatile but also delicious breads that you can make.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting Time 1 hr 45 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Method Bread Baking
Cuisine French
Servings 14 slices (2 lb loaf)
Calories 212 kcal


  • 10 g active dry yeast - 1 envelope
  • 180 ml whole milk - luke-warm
  • 50 g caster sugar (superfine)
  • 500 g plain flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 large eggs - room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste - or extract
  • 115 g unsalted butter - room temperature, cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (or canola) - for greasing


  • Activate the yeast. Add the yeast, milk, and 1 tablespoon sugar into a small bowl and mix well. Set to one side for 15 minutes until foamy.
  • Add dry ingredients and mix. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the flour, remaining sugar and salt. Quickly mix together. 
  • Add wet ingredients (except the butter). Add the foaming yeast mixture, eggs and vanilla bean paste and mix on low for 5 minutes until the dough comes together. 
  • Add butter and knead in mixer. Then add the butter gradually, whilst the mixer is running on medium and once incorporated, turn the mixer up and knead for ten minutes. The dough should be pulling away from the sides of the bowl but have formed a ‘tornado’ around the dough hook.
    Tips for doing the windowpane test in step-by-step instructions in blog post.
  • Knead by hand. Tip the dough onto a lightly greased worktop and do the stretch and fold method. Pull each corner out and fold it back over itself into the centre.
  • Proof the dough. Turn the dough over so that the seams are underneath and place the dough ball in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 ½ hours.
    Note: if your environment is cold then place bowl in the oven with the light on only. The ambient air temperature created from the light is perfect for the dough to rise in.
  • Deflate the dough. Grease and line a 2lb loaf pan. Once doubled in size, gently punch down the dough and tip out onto a lightly floured benchtop. (There is no need to refrigerate the dough at this point as there is no special cutting/shaping needed later on) Using your hands, form dough into a rectangle.
  • Cut and shape the dough. Cut the dough into five equal pieces. With a rolling pin, roll out one piece of the dough into a flat rectangle.
    Starting from the short end, roll the dough up tightly into a log and place seam side down into a greased and lined 2lb loaf pan. Repeat this process with all the dough pieces and line them up sitting snugly next to each other in the loaf pan.
  • Second proof and bake. Cover the pan loosely with cling wrap (allow room for the dough to expand) and let the dough rise in a warm place for 45 mins or until doubled in size. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 180°C (350°F), then bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and rest for 15 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. Serve warm or let cool completely, slice and toast. Best eaten day it is made.


Step-by-Step Photos: My blog post includes helpful step-by-step photos to help guide you through making this recipe.
To store: Store enriched brioche bread in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, at room temperature for 2 to 3 days or refrigerate for up to one week. Warm slices in the toaster or the loaf in a warm oven for a couple of minutes.
To freeze: Wrap brioche bread tightly in plastic wrap and store in a freezer-proof container. Freeze for up to two months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and ‘refresh’ the bread by warming in the oven.
TIP 1: Windowpane test. To make sure the dough has been kneaded enough in the mixer and the gluten has been developed enough, the windowpane test is a quick and easy trick!
TIP 2: Proofing your dough. Depending on the temperature of your home and the season you are by turning on the light in the oven you create the perfect ambient temperature for the dough to proof in.
TIP 3: Check your dough has proofed. Under or over-proofing can ruin all your hard work. Simple push an indent into the dough with your finger and let the results tell.
TIP 4: Eggwash. The trick to getting that shiny golden finish on top of your loaf is to brush it in egg wash before baking.


Serving: 14gCalories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 5gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 173mgPotassium: 68mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 243IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Brioche Bread, Enriched Brioche Bread, enriched dough
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