Brioche dough

Brioche dough
It's a soft and rich dough, with butter and eggs which give a smooth and incredibly tasty brioche.

This is the basic recipe for brioche dough, used for all other brioche-based recipes on the site.
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Last modified on: July 13th 2018

For 1 kg 250 g, you will need:

Change those ingredients for: 625 g 1 kg 250 g 2 kg 500 g 3 kg 750 g

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Brioche dough can be frozen.

Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 5 min.
Brioche dough : Photo of step #1
Cut 225 g butter in small pieces, let stay at ambient temperature.

Stage 2 - 3 min.
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In the bowl of a mixer, pour 325 g egg puis 500 g plain white flour (French Type 45), 15 g yeast, 25 g caster sugar et 9 g fine (or table) salt.

Stage 3 - 11 min.
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Kneed at low speed for 3 minutes, then 8 minutes at medium speed.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
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Stage 5 - 15 min.
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Kneed at medium until dough stop to stick to the bowl (10-15 minutes usually).

Stage 6 - 1 min.
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Add butter.

Stage 7 - 10 min.
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Kneed at medium speed until butter is fully incorporated.

Stage 8 - 1 hour
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Cover dough with plastic film, and let stay 1 hour at ambient temperature.

Stage 9
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After this time dough has inflated, starting fermentation, which is good.

Stage 10 - 2 min.
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Remove plastic film and stretch the dough by lifting it up and letting it suddenly drop. This will remove all the fermentation gas.

Stage 11 - 12 hours
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Put back film on top, and put in the fridge for the night.

Stage 12 - 2 min.
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The day after, dough has inflate a bit, get cold, and can now be manipulated.

Pour the dough on your working surface with some flour on it.

Stage 13 - 2 min.
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Spread the dough using your hand.

Stage 14 - 5 min.
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Cut stripes of dough, and cut those stripes in pieces of the chosen weight.

Stage 15
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For example 40 grams pieces to make a Nanterre brioche...

Stage 16
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... or 250 grams pieces for brioche pies.

Stage 17 - 30 min.
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Roll dough pieces in balls, put on a baking sheet, cover with a plastic sheet, and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Then your brioche dough is ready to use in your recipe.


It's more easy to succeed in making good brioche by using a special flour, strong in gluten, called "Farine de gruau". If you can't have this one, try to use a T45 flour.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
4,586 Kcal or 19,201 Kj104 gr506 gr238 gr
229 %40 %48 %36 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
367 Kcal or 1,537 Kj8 gr40 gr19 gr
18 %3 %4 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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From Thomas Marie.

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