Indulgent chocolate brioche

Winter is here. Icy mornings are a norm. Hat, scarf and gloves – a necessity.

Let’s bring some sunshine into the cold days ahead with some gorgeous chocolate brioche. The scent alone will brighten up your house.

Chocolate brioche

  • 200g strong white flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 20g caster sugar
  • 1/2 packet of instant yeast
  • 56ml warm milk
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 100g softened butter
  • Your favourite chocolate
This mixture made about 5 small brioche buns.

NO-EGG GLAZE

I love a good glaze on my baked goods, but detest wasting a whole egg for it. Here’s an alternative:

  • 2tbsp milk
  • 2tbsp oil
  • 2tbsp sugar

METHOD

  1.  Put the flour, salt, sugar and yeast into a large mixing bowl. 
  2. Add the milk and eggs, and work it into a dough. Knead this dough for about 8 minutes, until it is soft, glossy and feels like elastic.
  3. Add the softened butter, and mix the dough further for about 4-5 minutes. It will be very sticky to work with at this stage.
  4. Put the sticky dough in a bowl. Cover, and chill in the fridge for about 5 hours (or overnight). It becomes easier to shape after this time.
  5. Grease a deep baking tin.
  6. Take the brioche from the fridge, and tip it onto a lightly floured surface. Knead it a few times to knock out some air.
  7. Make 5 round balls of dough. Add some chocolate into the balls, as you go along (chopped, grated, chunked – anything goes). Place the dough balls in the baking tin.
  8. Cover the baking tin with a clean plastic bag, and leave it in a warm area for 2-3 hours, whilst it rises.
  9. Heat the oven to 170C.
  10. Make the glaze by gently warming the milk, oil and sugar until the sugar has just melted.
  11. Brush the glaze onto the brioche rolls.
  12. Pop the risen, glazed brioche in the oven for about 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown (insert a skewer into the centre to make sure it comes out clean).
  13. Remove the brioche from the tin, and cool on a wire rack. Serve them warm, or at room temperature. These make a sunday breakfast absolutely awesome.
Adapted from Paul Hollywood – Thanks P!

Brioche bite

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15 thoughts on “Indulgent chocolate brioche

  1. Your brioche looks perfectly moist. I really like the glaze too! Perfect for breakfast, and really anytime 🙂

  2. My goodness do these look awesome! I had never seen a chocolate brioche (where have I been?!) and really love the idea. Also agree with the thread on the egg wash as I also hate wasting eggs! I also sometimes do milk and cream as a wash.

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  6. Oh! I want these :-), delicious. Great idea: milk,oil and sugar for glaze, I will keep this in my notes 🙂 thanks for sharing , I hate waisting an egg too and the result is beautiful 🙂

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