Buttery brioche

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  • Serves: 8

  • Prep time:

    Two hours are for dough to rise
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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Woman's Weekly recipe Get in the spring spirit or celebrate Easter with this tasty, buttery Brioche. The light bread is perfect for afternoon tea or a nice snack


  • 250g (8oz) strong plain white flour, sieved
  • 125g (4oz) butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 7g sachet easy-bake dried yeast
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 2 sugar cubes, crushed
  • Jam, to serve
  • 900g (2lb) loaf tin or brioche mould, buttered

Warm the flour in the microwave on High for 1 minute before adding the other ingredients. This will help the yeast to work more quickly.


  1. Put the flour and butter into a food processor fitted with a plastic blade and whizz until the mixture forms breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the sugar, salt, yeast and eggs and knead it in the food processor for 2 mins. Turn out on to a lightly floured surface and knead briefly to form a ball. Put the dough into an oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Leave in a warm place for about 1 hour, until doubled in size.
  3. Knock the dough down, shape it into a ball and put it into the prepared tin. Sprinkle with the crushed sugar cubes. Cover
  4. loosely with an oiled plastic bag and leave to rise for about 1 hour, until doubled in size.
  5. Set the oven to Gas Mark 6 or 200C. Remove the plastic bag. Bake the brioche for 20-25 mins, until golden brown and the base of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cover with a damp tea towel to keep the crust soft. Cut into wedges and serve with jam of your choice.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 265(kcal)
  • Fat 16.0g
  • Saturates 9.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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