Breakfast/ Cookies & Snacks/ Desserts

Classic French brioche

The sweet taste of the buttery pull-apart bread is so irresistible.   You have one bite, you are still chewing that you go for the second bite already.  That good.  I love it for breakfast too, with some (more) butter spread on it and some fig jam from my Maman.

I would share the bread and I have, it was a success.   I made some more.  But the jam…. No no, not negotiable.  It is gold and strategically portion until the next French visits and can get some more for me from my mom.

Braided bread or brioche

This brioche definitely reminds me of the 4pm snacks, also called le goûter.   Eating it was so meaningless back then.   Now, enjoying a slice of it brings me back so many souvenirs, so many childhood friends (Hi Julia!).  There are tastes and smells that just transport you somewhere else.  Isn’t crazy?  It’s there but it’s transparent and it has this power on you.

braided bread brioche

This is why I want my kids to remember some smells and tastes…  My son started Junior Kindergarden Tuesday and I was so exited to prepare him some nice little lunches.

Guess what?  He wants the simple and classic things, the easy and simple.  I should feel lucky but I thought I would prepare some fancy lunch boxes.  Maybe later, we are still on the 1st week.

Are you a mom?  How is your adventure so far?  Pretty crazy, eh?  We are all learning and adapting.   Motherhood is just the best adventure of one’s life.   Tiring too! Ahah.

Braided bread brioche

Back to the recipe, it is not a spontaneous recipe since it requires some resting of the dough.  I made some on the weekends and we enjoyed it for a few days.  On the 4th day, it was starting to dry out a little and I made Pain perdu or French toast.  WOW!

Try it.  Amazing way to start your day!

All the efforts are worth it.  Waking up at 6am to a nice fresh buttery brioche is motivating, a pleasure….  LET’S BE REAL HERE.  The brioche is delish but at 10am.  There, seems more honest.  Ahah!

Come on.

Breaded bread brioche

See those little impatient hands…  My little princess knew what was coming up.

French Braided Brioche Bread

Course: Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine: French
Keyword: braided, brioche, french
Servings: 2 brioches
Author: Mélanie


For the 1st step

  • 150 ml of milk
  • 150 g of flour
  • 8 g of yeast

For the 2nd step – 12 hours later

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 70 g of butter 3/4 of a cup, soften
  • 100 g of sugar
  • 250 g of flour 2 full cups
  • 8 g of yeast

For the egg wash:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp of milk


  • For the 1st step
  • – Place the milk, the flour and the yeast in the bowl, mix it well. Set aside for 12 hours at room temperature.
  • For the 2nd step, 12 hours later
  • – In the bowl where there is your preparation, add the egg yolks, the vanilla, the butter and the sugar, mix well.
  • – Add the yeast and gradually add the flour. It should start to form a dough, a little sticky at first.
  • – Knead the dough for 10-16 minutes.
  • – Take the dough, separate it in 2 equal balls.
  • – From each ball, divide it in 3 parts and make rolls to braid them.
  • – Once you have braided both your dough, let them rest for 1h30minutes.
  • For the egg wash:
  • – Take the egg yolk and the milk and stir well.
  • – With a brush, apply some on each braid.
  • – Place in the oven at 360F for 20 minutes or until your brioches are golden.


You can keep the brioches fresh in an air-tight container for 3-4 days. If you have some leftovers, you can make some French Toast.

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  • Reply
    kitchenr jon
    September 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Wow, that’s a beautiful brioche! And your child is so lucky to eat so well at school. Our oldest just started senior kindergarten and is loving being back at school. It’s really great being able to pack lunches full of delicious homemade food, although at times it does get a bit tiring. That’s why we are glad he likes helping make the lunches, so hopefully in a year or two he can do it all on his own.

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      September 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you Jon, M. is not eating all his lunch I’m preparing but we’ll get there. How old are your boys? I’m looking forward for M. to prepare it alone ahaha. Poor thing, he just entered JK.

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    Our Fresh Kitchen
    September 12, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious. It’s a must try in my kitchen. You made me crave for some bread.

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    Sarah | (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean
    September 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Looks beautiful, and delish! My poor son is allergic to wheat, and just looking at a picture of this bread makes me sad for him…because bread is THE. BEST. Oy. Great to find out about your blog via FBC! Cheers!

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      September 12, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Oh no Sarah, I am so sorry to hear that. Given your blog, I gather that you are talented and able to make delicious recipe nonetheless!

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    September 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    That’s a beautiful brioche! My daughter is a big fan of home baked breads and bet she would love this too. Goes on my baking list for this week. Glad to have found your blog via FBC☺

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      September 12, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you so much Swati! Your daughter will love it!

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    Lisa @ Food Well Said
    September 12, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Gorgeous! Brioche (well most bread making in general) scares me but may have to add this to our Thanksgiving breakfast menu!

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      September 13, 2014 at 1:47 am

      Thank you Lisa, let me know once you have tried it! You’ll love it!

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    Candice Wingerter
    September 12, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Great photos Melanie!! The bread looks just delicious!!

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    September 13, 2014 at 12:07 am

    oh i have a weakness for brioche… just reading this made my mouth water. I could literally eat a whole loaf in one sitting – with butter of course!

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      September 15, 2014 at 2:08 am

      Ahh just found your message in spam Melissa, sorry for that! Thank you so much for stopping by :)

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    September 14, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Looks lovely! Although my daughters are young women now, I am sure they will come over for brioche.

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      September 15, 2014 at 2:08 am

      For sure, there are no age for nice treats Liliana :)

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane
    September 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Hi, Melanie! Brioche is one of my favourite breads … freshly homemade must be beyond delicious at any time!

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      September 17, 2014 at 1:20 am

      Thank you Helen, it was a big hit in my house and my in-laws too!

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