Master the art of baking the perfect brioche with Ineskohl Kitchen’s detailed step-by-step recipe. Indulge in the buttery richness of this French classic, boasting a golden crust and soft interior.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs

For the egg wash:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of milk or cream


  1. Activate the Yeast: Pour your warm milk into a bowl and stir in the sugar until dissolved. Sprinkle the active dry yeast on top. Allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes until a frothy layer forms on top.
  2. Prepare the Dough Base: In a spacious bowl, blend together your flour and salt. Create a well in the center. Into this, pour your frothy yeast-milk blend. Introduce the eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each.
  3. Incorporate the Butter: Slowly merge in the softened butter, ensuring you mix until the dough feels smooth and the butter is seamlessly integrated.
  4. Time to Knead: Empty the dough onto a surface dusted with flour. Engage in a kneading session for about 10 minutes, until your dough feels supple and bouncy. If it feels too tacky, sprinkle a tad more flour, but use it sparingly.
  5. Let it Rise: Find a bowl and give it a light oiling. Place your dough inside and cover with a moist cloth. Let it sit in a cozy spot for 1-2 hours or until you notice it’s doubled in size.
  6. Shape Your Brioche: After its first rise, pour the dough onto a floured platform. Decide on your preferred shape, be it buns, a singular loaf, or traditional brioche balls in a loaf pan.
  7. Rise Again: Once shaped, cloak your dough with a damp cloth, allowing it to rise yet again, approximately for an hour, until doubled.
  8. Egg Wash for the Golden Touch: Whip together the egg and milk (or cream) in a small bowl. Delicately brush this over the top of your brioche, ensuring a glossy, golden-brown appearance post-bake.
  9. Baking Time: Fire up your oven to 375°F. Once at temperature, introduce your brioche and let bake for 20-30 minutes. The brioche should turn a lovely shade of golden brown and emit a hollow sound when tapped. Note: The exact duration might differ based on your brioche’s shape and dimensions.
  10. Cool Down: Once you achieve baking perfection, retrieve the brioche and let it cool on a wire rack.

Serving Suggestions:

Once your brioche has cooled down, you’re ready to enjoy it in various delightful ways:

  1. Simply Buttered: Slice your brioche and spread a generous layer of fresh butter. The soft crumb of the brioche melds beautifully with the creamy texture of butter, creating a bite that’s truly divine.
  2. French Toast: Give your morning a lavish twist! Dip slices of your brioche in a mix of beaten eggs, milk, a pinch of salt, and a splash of vanilla extract. Pan-fry until golden and serve with a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
  3. Sandwiches: Brioche makes for a gourmet sandwich bread. Layer it with deli meats, cheeses, and your favorite condiments. The slightly sweet taste of brioche complements savory fillings wonderfully.
  4. Dessert Companion: Use your brioche to mop up the syrup from a serving of warm fruit compote or a scoop of creamy gelato. Its soft texture makes it a favorite pairing with many sweet treats.
  5. Storage Tips: If you’ve baked more brioche than you can consume immediately, don’t fret. Place it in an airtight container or wrap it in cling film. It should remain fresh for up to 2 days at room temperature. For longer storage, consider freezing it. Just ensure it’s wrapped securely to avoid freezer burn. When you’re ready to enjoy it, thaw it at room temperature.

Final Thoughts:

Baking a brioche might seem like an arduous task, but with patience and a little love, the end result is absolutely worth it. The tantalizing aroma that wafts from the oven and the golden perfection that emerges is sure to make you a favorite among family and friends.

Remember, like all baking endeavors, the more you practice, the better you get. So, even if your first attempt doesn’t produce a bakery-standard brioche, don’t get disheartened. The journey is as fulfilling as the destination.

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