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Brioche

Brioche is an enriched French bread, typically made with butter or vegetable fat , milk and eggs for a rich, soft and sweet taste that’s simply… well, magnifique.

Brioche is used in dishes right throughout the day – you could have it for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert . Add a touch of French flair to your day and put a Parisian twist on any meal with St Pierre’s brioche products.

Read our blog for 10 things you need to know about brioche.

What are the different types of brioche?

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Ideal for adding a little touch of French flair to your everyday meals, brioche comes in many shapes and sizes – including rolls, loaves, twists, and buns. Brioche can be ‘plain’, or filled with chocolate chips or vanilla custard.

Traditional brioche is usually shaped in a round loaf with a small ball on top, and is often called ‘brioche à tête’ or ‘brioche Parisienne’. The modern Brioche Loaf is shaped in a more traditional rectangular loaf shape, and is officially called ‘brioche Nanterre’.

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Brioche also comes in smaller and more elaborate forms. From smaller brioche rolls for individual servings and brioche bagels for a Parisian twist on an American favorite, there’s no end to the brioche variations you can add to your breakfast, lunch, or dinner table.

There are also sweet brioche specialties for when you want to imagine yourself stopping by a classic Parisian bakery (or ‘boulangerie’ in French).  Try brioche swirls, filled with a traditional vanilla custard, or opt for a chocolate chip-studded brioche loaf for a sweet continental twist on your morning toast.

With St Pierre’s range of brioche products made with authentic French recipes, you’re never far away from a taste of Paris right in your own home.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is brioche?

Brioche is a type of bread, originating in France. Brioche bread is traditionally made from an enriched dough.  Brioche is technically considered a ‘viennoiserie’, which is a type of food somewhere between a traditional bread and a pâtisserie (pastry).

How is brioche made?

At home Brioche bread is made by combining butter, eggs, milk, yeast, flour, sugar and salt into an enriched dough. The process is fairly time-consuming, involving heating the milk, slowly adding softened butter, and then leaving to rise for several hours. The dough is then kneaded into shape (whether in rolls, buns, loaves or another shape), brushed with egg wash and baked until golden.

Is brioche bread sweet?

Yes, brioche is slightly sweet. Brioche is made with sugar, and the enriched dough  has a light sweetness. While it lends itself well to desserts and sweets, brioche works just as well in savory dishes like sandwiches and burgers.

Is brioche bread or cake?

Brioche is best described as a cross between a bread and a pastry!  Though made in much the same way as regular bread (with kneading and rising), brioche is enriched with lots of  eggs and milk,  making it richer, more like a typical pastry. Brioche has a light texture, and just a hint of sweetness, just enough to be indulgent and light enough to work with any meal of the day. It’s simply magnifique.

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Is brioche bread healthy?

Brioche bread is a little more indulgent than your standard bread,  so it may not be considered a typical health food. However, we believe ‘everything in moderation’ here at St Pierre, so we think there’s nothing wrong with a little treat of brioche every now and then! Brioche’s soft, light sweetness will add a Parisian touch to your day, no matter where you are.

What is brioche bread used for?

Brioche bread can be used in breakfast dishes like French toast, lunch and dinner   including burger buns and hot dog rolls, as well as desserts like bread pudding.  St Pierre makes a range of brioche products, including traditional buns and loaves, as well as American classic favorites like brioche waffles and brioche bagels.

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