PS. Une brioche avec un peu plus de beurre

[PS. A brioche with a tad more butter]

London, sometime in April.
I made a brioche. In five minutes; and five days. We woke up early to shape and proof the dough. Well, I did. A couple of hours later, we sat at the table, with our eyes still plein de sommeil [full of sleep].

And we had a slice each. With plenty of strawberry jam. And a cup of coffee.

I then proceeded to braid my hair. And for a walk we went. The trees were snowing and no matter how long I will live in London, my dreams will always float higher with the April snow.
Another coffee was taken, at a café this time; perhaps in Fulham or Clapham. I can’t remember.

But I recall a phone conversation with my mum. About the brioche. And how she should make it.

France, sometime in May.
I flew in wearing UGG boots and a wool scarf. But as we reached the car on the airport parking lot, I switched for those leather sandals I’m so fond of.

We arrived home. And dropped the suitcases somewhere in the living room.

Without judging unpacking necessary, we headed to the kitchen. An apron got wrapped around my waist, flour got weighed out, dough was put away in a bowl.

And before we knew it, we made a brioche. In five minutes; and a five days. Oh and five hundred grams of butter. Perhaps with a couple of hidden chocolate squares. Yes, perhaps…
It tasted just as good. If not better.

And just so my mum doesn’t have an excuse not to make brioche, here is the recipe in French. Oui!
Accents included and all. Mum if you knew how long it takes to add accents when you have an English keyboard, you’d already be making brioche as you read this.

Dans un bol, fouetter le beurre fondu, l’eau, le sel, les oeufs et le miel. Ajouter la farine et la levure. Mélanger à la cuillère en bois jusqu’à obtention d’une pâte souple et homogène.

Recouvrir le bol avec un torchon et laisser pousser à température ambiante pour un peu plus de 2h.

Une fois la pâte ayant doublé de volume, mettre le bol – toujours recouvert d’un torchon – au frigo pendant au moins 24h.

Le lendemain – ou n’importe quand dans les cinq jours qui suivent – beurrer un moule à cake génereusement. Prélever 450g de pâte du pâton. Puis la diviser en quatre. Fleurer (fariner) le plan de travail et bouler (former des boules) chacun des morceaux.

Placer les boules dans le moule préalablement beurré et faire pousser pendant 1h30.

Pendant ce temps, préchauffer le four a 190°C. Battre un oeuf pour la dorure. Dorer la brioche au pinceau. Et cuire pour 40 à 50 minutes. Démouler et laisser refroidir sur une grille.


  1. Hi Fanny, I love your blog and your sweet words, everything is so comforting :D !! I made the five-minute brioche using your previous recipe. I rolled the sticky dough into balls and the loaf came out with lots of air bubbles, although my brioche was not as soft as i expected but it tasted good. Do you know what might be causing those air bubbles? xx

    Hi Belle. Thanks for the sweet words. As for the brioche, I would think the air bubbles come from an uneven mixing of the dough at first. You need to make sure the yeast is evenly distributed amongst the dough or you’ll have bigger pockets of air forming. xx

  2. For substituting fresh yeast in place of the instant yeast, how much yeast should one use? I’ve read that 3 times the weight of instant should be used, is this correct? Also how should the recipe be adjusted for this, the yeast needs to be crumbled finely into the flour?

  3. j` aime ton blog!!!!
    Je pense que c’est fantastique!!
    Nous avons fait ta lemon meringue tart!!
    Et nous avons acheté un chalumeau.

  4. This is going on the to do list next , Chocolate Chip Brioche dusted with icing sugar offers me such feelings of nostalgia that I can not wait to recreate! Thank you for this recipe Fanny! L x

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