Milk Brioche

Milk Brioche is a delightful, pillowy-soft bread with a rich, buttery flavor and a tender crumb that melts in your mouth. This classic French bread is a true testament to the art of baking, and it’s perfect for enjoying on its own, as toast, or as a base for your favorite sandwiches. In this recipe, we’ll guide you through the process of creating this delectable Milk Brioche from scratch. With a few simple ingredients and a little patience, you’ll be able to savor the heavenly aroma and taste of freshly baked brioche right in your own kitchen.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

For the Brioche Dough:

  • 1 cup (240 ml) warm whole milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (7 grams) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 4 cups (500 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg yolk (for egg wash)

For the Glaze (optional):

  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 egg yolk

Preparation Steps:

Step 1: Activate the Yeast

  1. In a small bowl, combine warm whole milk, active dry yeast, and a pinch of sugar. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy. This indicates that the yeast is active and ready for use.

Step 2: Mix the Dry Ingredients 2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt.

Step 3: Combine Wet Ingredients 3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the activated yeast mixture. Add the eggs and mix until a shaggy dough forms.

Step 4: Knead the Dough 4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10-15 minutes or until it becomes smooth and elastic.

Step 5: Add the Butter 5. Gradually incorporate the softened unsalted butter into the dough, a little at a time, kneading until it’s fully absorbed. This process may take some time, but don’t rush it.

Step 6: Let It Rise 6. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1-2 hours or until it has doubled in size.

Step 7: Shape and Proof 7. After the first rise, punch down the dough gently and shape it into a loaf or divide it into smaller portions for individual rolls or buns. Place them in greased baking pans or on a baking sheet, cover, and let them proof for another 30-45 minutes.

Step 8: Preheat and Egg Wash 8. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of milk to make an egg wash. Brush it over the top of the brioche for a golden finish.

Step 9: Bake 9. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes (adjust time for smaller portions) until the brioche is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Step 10: Cool and Enjoy 10. Remove the milk brioche from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, slice and savor the delightful taste of your homemade milk brioche. Enjoy it fresh or toasted with your favorite toppings!

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