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What is brioche? – 10 things you need to know about brioche

What is brioche? How do you even pronounce the word? St Pierre is here to answer all your burning Brioche questions in honor of National Brioche Day!
Find out everything about brioche and how to best enjoy it – and become a true Brioche expert!

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What is brioche? How do you even pronounce the word? St Pierre is here to answer all your burning Brioche questions in honour of National Brioche Day! Find out everything about brioche bread and how to best enjoy it – and become a true Brioche expert!

Find out all the answers to every brioche question you can think of below.

  1. What is Brioche?
St Pierre Brioche Bread With Cheese Platter
brioche sliders garlic bread

Brioche is basically bread, but better! It’s a soft, lightly sweet, rich bread, that works in sweet and savory dishes alike. The reason brioche is so light and tastes so rich is because it’s made with an enriched dough, with ingredients such as butter, eggs, and milk, which gives it that soft texture and amazing taste.

  1. How do you pronounce “brioche”?
St Pierre Brioche Burger With Pickles

Brioche is a French word, and it’s pronounced “bri-yosh”. Around the world, there are many different ways that brioche is pronounced. For example, Americans tend to say “bree-aash” while people from Britain say “bree-osh”.

For a tongue twister, try saying “brioche au chocolat” three times fast! Alternatively, you can also just take a sweet break with some St Pierre chocolate chip brioche loaf.

  1. What should I make with brioche?

You can make anything you want with brioche – that’s the beauty of it! It works for all meal occasions – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack time, desserts… you name it! It also works with both sweet and savoury dishes, so the possibilities are endless.

If you’re looking for some brioche meal inspiration, we have plenty of recipes for you to try out at home. Take a look on our Recipes page or why not take a look at some our favourite ones below…

Brioche French Toast

French Toast is a classic for a reason. Take some slices of our St Pierre Brioche Loaf, soak them in a milk and egg mixture, fry them up in butter, and sprinkle with icing sugar, fresh fruit, syrup… or anything you like.

Find the full recipe here

Loaded Brioche Burger

loaded brioche cheese burger

The light sweetness and soft texture of our St Pierre Brioche Burger Buns make your burgers go from okay to magnifique! Lightly toast the Burger Buns, and load them up with all your favourite burger toppings. A juicy beef patty or your veggie alternative of choice, onion rings, lettuce, if you love it, it belongs in a St Pierre burger.

Find the full recipe here

Chili Brioche Hot Dogs

brioche chilli cheese dogs

Hot dogs are a classic for everyone, especially the little ones. Take yours to the next level with St Pierre Brioche Hot Dog Rolls. For a twist on a classic, try our recipe for a chili brioche dog, or try a sweet version with some raspberry mascarpone. Either way, they’ll add a little something special to your recipe.

Find the recipes here and here

  1. Can I freeze brioche?
Yes, you can freeze our products! Just make sure you freeze them before the end of life date on your pack and that you use it right after you’ve defrosted it.
  1. Where can I buy brioche?

St Pierre Brioche is stocked all across the country, visit our Where to Buy page for more information.

  1. Can I toast brioche?
jam and cream brioche rolls

Most of the time, Brioche doesn’t need to be toasted, it’s delicious as it is. However, you can lightly toast your St Pierre Brioche Burger Buns to warm them up before filling them, or toast a St Pierre brioche Roll before spreading it with jelly. Generally, you can lightly toast most St Pierre brioche – for 1-2 minutes on a low to medium heat. However, make sure you don’t toast it too long, as it will burn quicker than regular white bread, since there is a little more sugar in brioche.

For best results, we recommend heating up your St Pierre Brioche Burger Buns and Brioche Hot Dog Rolls in the oven, and if you have any products with chocolate chips in them, heat them in the oven so the chocolate doesn’t burn in the toaster.
  1. How do the French eat brioche?
Chocolate Chip Brioche Roll Dipped in a Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream

In France, Brioche is mostly enjoyed for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. After school, French children often like to have a few squares of milk chocolate wrapped in a Brioche Roll with a glass of milk. For breakfast, the French love a sweet moment to start the day, and will have Brioche slices with jelly or Nutella with a warm milky coffee.

  1. How to serve brioche?
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You can serve brioche any way that you like. Whether you have sweet tooth or prefer savoury foods, St Pierre brioche can do it all.

You can serve it up as part of a spread with dips and toppings, use it for burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheeses or plain. The world of brioche is your oyster!

For more inspiration, look here.

  1. What makes brioche different to most breads?

Brioche is different to most breads because of the way it is made and the ingredients used to bake it. Where regular bread usually contains flour, yeast, water and salt, Brioche is made with those ingredients, but enriched with is , eggs, milk and butter or vegetable fat, giving it that soft texture, golden colour and rich taste. It’s bread made “magnifique”.

  1. Where does brioche bread come from?
Eiffel Tower By Night In Paris

Like most delicious bakery, Brioche comes from France! It’s debated where exactly in France it originated, but it has a long tradition all over France. It is thought that the first brioche recipe dates all the way back to the 800s, and has been passed down from generation to generation, with tweaks and improvements made along the way. You can learn all about the rich and delicious history of brioche here.

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