Chocolate brioche and Monthly Mingle

Last week I announced my first participation in a blogger event. I joined Coulinary Tour 2010. During the virtual foodie visit in Brazil I found my new sweet passion - Dulce de Leche. You can still join the tour if you are interested and explore new culinary worlds. I've truly enjoyed the event and decided to go on.

I might have already confessed that I have a sweet tooth. My sweet tooth and the fact that I constantly try to improve my bread-making skills inspired me to join another blogger event. This time I chose Monthly Mingle hosted by Jamie from the lovely blog Life's a feast. The theme for this month is Bread & Chocolate. I just could not resist!

To be honest, it took me a while to decide what was I going to bake. Bread and chocolate? I did not want to think about a classical bread. I just didn't like the idea of sweet chocolate bread. But what else can be counted as bread? I found many chocolate bread recipes. I wasn't intrigued by any of those.

I woke up on Saturday morning with a sudden flash of inspiration. Brioche! But... What is brioche? Is it type of bread? I have never tasted it. Again! There are so many goodies I still don't know! I love foodie world. Sometime it is kind of frustrating though. I feel like a kid in the grown-up world. A friend of mine talked about brioche a couple of weeks ago. He said it was delicious. That's all I knew.

Thank you uncle Google. You know everything what I don't know! You helped me again.

Wikipedia. Another favourite site of mine!

"Brioche is a highly enriched French bread, whose high egg and butter content give it what is seen as a rich and tender crumb. It has a dark, golden, and flaky crust from an egg wash applied before and ager proofing."
Source: Wikipedia

Bingo! That's the one I have been looking for. Let's just add some chocolate. Yum!

I liked brioche a lot. I will definitely make it again. I just wonder if I can freeze them. We had a hard time eating 12 rich and buttery brioches. I might also point out that the recipe originally called for kneading dough in a stand mixer. As I don't have one, I had to knead it by hands. I also had to ask P. for help during a phase where recipe said "increase speed to medium-high"! :) Fresh warm brioche with melted chocolate centre was well worth all the effort!

Chocolate Brioche

1/3 cup warm milk
1/3 cup warm water
10 g dry active yeast
450 g plain flour
2 tsp salt
3 large eggs
55 g sugar
300 g butter, cut into small cubes, softened
150g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp water, for egg wash

1. In a large bowl mix warm water, warm milk, 1 teaspoon of sugar and yeast. Stir until yeast dissolves and let proof for 10 minutes.

2. Add flour and salt and mix with a wooden spoon until flour is moistened. Beat in eggs, adding one egg at a time, making sure each egg is well incorporated before adding another one.

3. Add sugar and keep kneading dough until it comes together. Now comes the tricky part. Mix in butter, adding only one or two cubes at a time, kneading well until each cube is incorporated before adding another cube. This can takes about 10 minutes before all butter is fully incorporated. Dough is fully kneaded when it pulls away form sides of your bowl.

4. Transfer the dough into a clean bowl, cover with a plastic wrap and let it rise at room temperature for 1 hours or until double in size. Lift up dough around edges and allow it to deflate.

5. Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours. Punch the dough down to deflate it every 30 minutes until it stops rising. Cover bowl with a plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

6. When you are ready to make brioche, butter a muffin pan or brioche tins you want to use.

7. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and scrape it out on a floured surface. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece between your palms to form a ball. Flatten each ball of dough and put several pieces of chocolate in the middle of each one. Roll up into a ball shape and place in the pan.

8. Cover the pan loosely with a plastic wrap and let rise for two hours at room temperature.

9. Brush each ball with egg wash and bake in the preheated oven to 180C/fan for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown.

10. Allow brioche to cool for a couple of minutes in the pan and then transfer onto the cooling rack.


  1. I've been waiting all week for this post. Thanks for sharing it. The Brioche look stunning.

  2. Your chocolate brioche look divine. I love making brioche as well, adding chocolate is my next adventure. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you ladies! So glad you liked my brioche. I'm always worried and curious about how my experiment will end up when doing something for the first time. I was so happy with these :)

  4. Your brioche is beautiful. :)Share with you my secret kneader ...I put everything in and press start button on my food processor that comes with a plastic blade and it does all the work. ;) I used to knead the brioche by hand too when I made my Brioche aux Pralines. :) I had the same idea as you for Jamie's MM. :)

  5. Those brioches look absolutely amazing! Love the chocolate surprise!

  6. They look stunning...................

  7. You know this morning my husband said I need to learn to make brioche dough so that I could make him a burger with brioche bread. I bet if he saw this he would say I need to learn to make brioche dough so I could make brioche stuffed with chocolate instead. Fantastic!

  8. wow, these chocolate and brioche buns look so good! I wish I had time to make some for myself! :) thank you for the beautiful post.

  9. Oh I want one! -and I'm quite the expert as to how they're supposed to taste so I can tell you if they taste right, I just need about 1, or maybe 4 or 5 to be sure... ;) Do you deliver?

  10. Your first event? What style Sari, you should do this more often. How inspiring & beautiful. I'd love to make these, but I'd even more love to be at your table now. Gosh, these are stunning, and so are you rpictures, as always!

  11. Beautiful pictures sari..they look like a dream!! Love brioche with chocolate..divine!

  12. Sari - for a beginner bread baker your breads are amazingly perfect! These are fantastic! I so love the chocolate filling and these are just perfect for my Monthly Mingle. This is a Must-Try recipe for me! Wow I am so impressed. And beautiful photographs! Hugs and Happy Valentine's Day. Thanks so much for baking these for my MM!

  13. This is a beautiful post, brioche is very high on my to-do list so you might see one from myself soon. I love your circular cooling rack, where did you get it?

  14. @The Cooking Ninja -Thank you for sharing your secret Pam! P. was quite a good kneader too! ;) I checked your Brioche aux Pralines and I it's definitely next on my brioche list!

    @Chocolate Shavings - Thank you, glad you liked it!

    @Kitchen Butterfly - Thanks Oz! :)

    @Trissa - Oh P. is the same as your husband. When he finds something he likes he tells me I need to learn to make it! :)

    @erica - Your are welcome Erica, glad you liked it. Find some time if you can, because these brioche are definitely worth it :)

    @Hilda - I should have known that, I would deliver you a couple of them! Firstly, to get your expert opinion, and secondly, to have someone to help us eat them! :)

    @Deeba PAB - Thank you my dear. You are too kind! :) I try to join more events in future. I'd love to have you around! :)

    @Parita - Thank you Parita. They were almost like a dream :)

    @Jamie - Oh, thank you my dear Jamie! I'm truly honored to receive such a compliment from you! :)

    @Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Thank you Sarah, can't wait to see your brioche! :) The cooling rack is from TK Maxx. I love their kitchen department.

  15. Such a lovely treat for a cold winter's day! I might try it with some hazelnut paste as well!

  16. Brioche is definitely on my to do list. Gorgeous pictures.

  17. WOW. The only type of chocolate brioche I've had is the ones that have chocolate marbling through it. None with that beautiful choc filled centre. You kill me, Sari. :D This is beautiful! xx

  18. yiiii i love it. i think Aparna from My Diverse Kitchen also participated as she also made a chocolate brioche, a loaf style, so different than yours, but both are so beautiful. You girls are such wonderful 'pastry chefs' and make such gorgeous baked treats. what is your preferred dark chocolate? love the photos, Sari. x shayma

  19. Oh Sari, these look amazing - I absolutely love them - and the photography is simply spectacular. Loving the food styling too - Fabulous! I've been meaning to make brioche for ages, so this will be a great place to start xxx

  20. sari such an honor to have you over to the MM! and with a incredible looking brioche. seriously this looks so good - glad you are bringing it over for the mingle!

  21. Oh wow, your brioche looks absolutely wonderful. I love the first photo of the torn brioche, revealing the chocolate-y goodness within. Yum!

  22. Oh, just look at those!! I have never attempted to make my own brioche, but you succeeded like a pro on your first try :) Love how P was drafted in to increase the speed of the "mixer", and love how the chocolate appears to be escaping in some of these... If yo struggle to finish the next batch, you can always send some over to me! ;-)

  23. Hi Sari,
    I would like to send you an email but I can't find your email address! Can you help me out please?
    Lovely brioche!!! I will bake it this coming weekend!
    from Budapest

  24. Upps... my email address:
    You can send yours here!

  25. Hi Sari,
    It is really hard to make brioches which are not greasy yours look perfect, I have got a sad hubby at present and that might just put a smile on his little face this week-end.

  26. OMG, those brioches look irresistible and mighty divine! What great shots too



  27. Those photos are just lovely-my mouth is watering at the sigh of all that chocolate. I bet these are just to die for when they're soft and warm-YUM!

  28. wow - your chocolate brioche are simply stunning!!

  29. Oh what a site to wake up to! I wish i had some on hand right now to go a long with my tea! Simply delectable and lusty photos as always!

  30. I've never tried brioche either and I often feel like a kid in a grown up food world! It's fun trying all these new foods that I read about though. :)

    Great recipe...definitely going to give it a shot!

  31. Thank you all for your nice comments. So much appreciated!!

    @diva - thank you for visiting! :)

    @shayma - I saw Aparna's brioche and it looked delicious ;) I don't really have a favourite dark chocolate for baking. But when buying chocolate for eating I love a brazilian dark with chilli :)

    @Meeta - you are welcome! Glad you like my brioche :)

    @Jeanne - I was thinking of buying a stand mixer, but P. makes a good one when needed! Oh, I will deliver some to you next time as we struggle to finish what I bake quite often :)

    @Solange - Thank you for your compliment! I'm sure these brioche will make your husband happier! Hope he feels better soon!

    @Megan - thank you Megan. I really liked them most when they were still warm! ;)

    @my spatula - thank you for visiting!

    @Bethany - glad I pleased your eyes in the morning! I might send you a chocolate cake I baked yesterday. We need some help to finish it! :)

    @Karly - Good to know I'm not alone! And I also love trying new food! :)

  32. This looks amazing! Great job :)

    As for your questions regarding israeli couscous, it has indeed larger grain than regular couscous. However, except the size of the grain, I don't know other differences between israeli couscous and regular couscous.

  33. How gorgeous does this look! I've eaten brioche before but I have never made it myself.

  34. wow! this looks straight from a magazine or adorable cafe!

  35. quelles jolies brioches!!!!!
    elle sont réussies avec une mie très aérée, bravo
    bonne soirée

  36. just found your blog! And I'm so glad I did, can't wait to browse around! :)
    -Mini Baker
    PS. these are beautiful! magazine material FOR SURE!!!

  37. @Karine - thank you Karine for you explanation! :)

    @Junglefrog - Thank you Simone. They are not the easiest thing to make, but they are worth the effort! :)

    @Simply Life - Oh, thank you for you nice praise! :)

    @Fimère - Merci! :)

    @Mini Baker - Thank you for visiting. Hope to see you back! :) And thank you for your compliment. Your cupcakes looks wonderful!

  38. This is soooooooooo good.I've never made brioches.Looks fantastic.I loved all your pics:).Thanks for your comments on my blog and am so glad i found ur blog.I added your blog on my blogroll...will visit often to see these wonderful recipes:)

  39. Holy cow! I just made these, and I'm having to sit on my feet to keep from leaping up and eating the whole bunch. So, so good! This is the best recipe! You rock! They didn't turn out perfect and crackled, but their insides were awesome and buttery and fluffy.

    I made a batch of brioche during the summer and tried to knead it with my hands... the result was a tough nasty bread. So I used my stand mixer, and it turned out PERFECT!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  40. These look phenomenal! I love brioche freshly baked. Will definitely try out the recipe. Thanks!

  41. So beautiful and golden! The chocolate filling looks absolutely yummy :).

  42. @Nina - thank you Nina. Your blog is so lovely and full of inspiration! ;) Look forward to seeing you here again!

    @Allison - Thank you so much for your nice comment! So glad you liked them! They are best still warm aren't they? :)

    @Ketchup - I totally agree. Freshly baked are the best!

    @Sophie - thank you Sofie. The addition of chocolate made them really special and delicious.

  43. wow, if I ever host a brunch like I talk about doing, THESE are certainly on the menu. They look amazing and I'm not even much of a pastry person!

  44. I had been searching for a brioche recipe for a special Filipino treat and found your blog. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog - I truly love it. Beautiful photos and I shall try this recipe very soon.

  45. I baked them! :) I didn`t used chocolate but I add CINNAMON and VANNILA! :) Thanks for recipe! Greatings from Poland!
    My La Brioche are here:

    1. Hi Katarzyna, glad to hear you made the brioche. I like the idea of adding cinnamon and vanilla.

  46. Hey, I've just refrigerated my dough. I ended up using margarine instead of butter as I didn't have any butter at hand. I've noticed that my dough is leaking/surrounded by a thin film of margarine. What could cause this to happen? And how do i save my dough from being a complete disappointment?
    Thank you and awaiting your reply.