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Philippe Urraca’s French Brioche

  • This Recipe
  • Chef: Philippe Urraca
  • Cuisine: French Cuisine
  • Course: Brioche, Dessert, Brunch
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Category: Course
  • Yield: Une brioche de 30 cm
  • Servings: 8
  • Preparation Time: 4 H
  • Cooking Time: 30 Minutes
  • Readiness Time: 30 Minutes

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A delicious French Brioche recipe from the pastry master Philippe Urraca 

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Did you say 'happiness'?

Lately I realize it's becoming impossible for me to wake up every Monday morning... working in a cubicle as a mid-level manager for too many years isn't as much fun as I hoped it would be!

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However, last Monday morning, something new made it so much easier to get up... As I baked a French Brioche on Sunday night, the smell of the Brioche invaded the house and the wonderful smell was teasing my nose the entire night...

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And a miracle happened! I was able to get up before everybody in the house

Chef Urraca made it so simple ! A brioche and I am starting to love my Monday mornings!


Needless to say, the trick was to get up BEFORE the family hurricane wakes up and eats the brioche. I know that no one in the house would leave me a piece, let alone a slice.

Believe me when I say that nobody respects pastry chefs, nowadays...

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A delicious Brioche that you will love! I am showing you all the steps (and important tricks) so you can succeed. I will not let you fail!

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Origin of the recipe

Brioche is an old sweet bread that French perfected a few centuries ago

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French king Louis the XV enjoyed brioche.

Marie-Antoinette is also known for baking brioches in her private house 'petit trianon' in Versailles.


You will find several shapes for brioches, with different names. This one is called "Brioche de Nanterre", it is baked in a loaf pan, with "balls" on top that makes it easy to recognize


About this recipe

This is the recipe of French Chef Urraca. I modified a couple things to it, and added useful tricks that makes the brioche recipe more perfect !

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Source of the recipe

A recipe that I found in the book of French Chef Urraca, "Patisserie: French Pastry Master Class".

To purchase online, see HERE

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The recipe is on page 108


All recipes of Brioches

Philippe Urraca’s French Brioche

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Modifications to the original recipe

I modified only a few things...
  • I add more


  • Chef Urraca doesn't cut the top to create those "puffed balls" like I am showing you : I find that those balls makes it prettier (it's also the traditional way you will find in French pastry shops)



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For a pan : (W) 11.81" (or 11 13/16" or 30 cm) x (L) 4.33" (or 4 21/64" or 11 cm) x (H) 2.75" (or 2 3/4" or 7 cm)

1 ¾ Cup Flour (270 grams). Bread flour

3 Tablespoons Sugar (37 grams)

1 teaspoon Salt (5 grams)

1 teaspoon Dry Yeast (5 grams)

½ Cup Eggs (162 grams)

¾ Cup Butter (175 grams). Must be cold and hard

 Egg wash

1 Egg. 2 Tablespoons or 50 grams


For a pan : (W) 11.02" (or 11 1/32" or 28 cm) x (L) 4.72" (or 4 23/32" or 12 cm) x (H) 2.36" (or 2 23/64" or 6 cm)

1 ⅔ Cup Flour (235.6 grams). Bread flour

2 Tablespoons Sugar (32.2 grams)

1 teaspoon Salt (4.3 grams)

1 teaspoon Dry Yeast (4.3 grams)

⅓ Cup Eggs (141.3 grams)

⅔ Cup Butter (152.7 grams). Must be cold and hard

 Egg wash

0.8 Egg. 2 Tablespoons or 40 grams


For a pan : (W) 10.23" (or 10 15/64" or 26 cm) x (L) 3.54" (or 3 35/64" or 9 cm) x (H) 2.75" (or 2 3/4" or 7 cm)

1 ⅓ Cup Flour (191.4 grams). Bread flour

2 Tablespoons Sugar (26.2 grams)

½ teaspoon Salt (3.5 grams)

1 teaspoon Dry Yeast (3.5 grams)

⅓ Cup Eggs (114.8 grams)

½ Cup Butter (124 grams). Must be cold and hard

 Egg wash

0.7 Egg. 1 Tablespoon or 35 grams


You will need...


The Appliance

You have to decide which appliance you are going to use. Nowadays, professionals use a stand mixer (like a Kitchen Aid appliance) with its hook, something that I do but mainly during the warm seasons. Only problem is that the stand mixer kneads efficiently only when there is enough dough to knead, and so I double the quantities, to make one batch that yields 2 brioches.

However, in winter time, I use the bread machine : it warms slightly the kneading bowl and the brioche will proof better. Using the bread machine, you can knead only one brioche and don't need to double the quantities.

In short:
  • In winter

    I use a bread machine, and knead one brioche
  • In summer

    I use a stand mixer (like a Kitchen Aid appliance), and make 2 brioches so that the stand mixer can knead more easily

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The flour

For this recipe, you may want to take a quality Bread Flour. If you live in the States, a good flour that I recommend (and easy to find) is the King Arthur Bread Flour

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Let's get started!

1. Start by placing the


(¾ Cup or 175 g) in the refrigerator (as we don't want it to soft)

2. In a bread machine or in a stand mixer (like a Kitchen Aid appliance), pour in the


(½ Cup or 162 g), the


(3 Tablespoons or 37 g), the


(1 teaspoon or 5 g)

3. Pour in the


(1 ¾ Cup or 270 g) and make sure it covers the other ingredients
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4. In the


(1 ¾ Cup or 270 g), make a little hole, and place into it the

Dry Yeast

(1 teaspoon or 5 g)

5.  That way, the yeast doesn't touch the salt ( they don't like each other... )
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6. Knead at medium speed (with the dough hook attachment if you are using a stand mixer).

7. Knead the dough until it holds into a mass on the hook

8. For this to happen, I need to knead for

30 minutes

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9. You will need to help the device (especially the stand mixer) by stopping the device, and scrape up any sticky dough residue sticking to the bottom of the bowl , then resume the kneading. You will need to do this several times during the

30 minutes

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10. With the stand mixer, I use the Speed #3 (1-10), for about

30 minutes

11. The dough you must get is soft but firm !
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Ajout du beurre

12. You are then ready to add in the


(¾ Cup or 175 g), that you need to cut in big chunks

13. With the stand mixer, I use the Speed #3 (1-10)

14. Add in


, one 1/4 at the time: Add in 1/4 of the butter, wait until it is well absorbed, and then add another 1/4
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15.  You will notice that you need time before the


is fully absorbed into the dough

16.  This is actually a good sign : it simply means that the gluten fabric is well done, which will give the fluffy and airy texture to the baked brioche
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17. From time to time during the kneading process, stop the machine and scrape up the bowl : this helps the hook
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18. After some time (

30 minutes

or more), you will not see any chunks of butter, it is fully absorbed

19. The dough is still sticky and holds to the sides of the bowl
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Finishing the kneading

20. Last kneading step: Continue kneading, and the dough will not stick anymore. It will form into a mass around the hook
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21. The dough does not stick anymore to the sides

22. Continue kneading for

a few minutes

and stop
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23. Test the dough : By pulling the dough, you will notice that the dough is very elastic. Despite the high quantity of butter, the strands of gluten are there, and this is the guarantee of a great texture
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24. We are now going to "activate" the yeast, by letting the dough proof

25. Cover the bowl (not the dough) with a plastic wrap (to avoid drying, but letting the dough get enough air which is needed for proofing)

26.  Let the dough proof for

1 hour

at room temperature

27. Then, remove the plastic wrap, and press it against the dough (to avoid drying in the fridge)
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Cooling down

28.  Place the bowl in the refrigerator to allow for slow fermentation for at least

4 hours

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29. Remove the bowl from the refrigerator after

4 hours

30. Divide the dough in 4 pieces for one brioche. You want to use a scale

31. You may divide in 4. My dough was weighing 664 g (1 lbs 7 oz ). For a 11.81" (or 11 13/16" or 30 cm) x 4.33" (or 4 21/64" or 11 cm) pan for instance, I divide in 4 balls, each weighing 166 g ( 6 oz )

32.  Here's one trick that you may want to follow (or not!). The balls that are on the side of the pan tend to grow bigger. To compensate this, we form balls of different weigh and size. Those on the side should be smaller (as they proof and then bake, they will all look the same size at the end)

33. For my pan (11.81" (or 11 13/16" or 30 cm) x 4.33" (or 4 21/64" or 11 cm)), I have a dough weighing 664 g (1 lbs 7 oz ). If I want 4 balls of same size, I cut 4 balls weighing each 166 g ( 6 oz ). However, if you follow my trick, you want to form 2 balls of 150 g ( 5 oz ) and 2 balls of 180 g ( 6 oz )
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The balls

34. Form a ball of dough : this animated photo shows you how

35. Take one side and press it onto the center
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36. Then, flip it : here's your ball !
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The pan

37. French bakers use a special pan called "moule de Nanterre", a loaf pan with deep straight sides. You may want to substitute with a bread loaf pan with deep sides

38. I highly recommend a non stick pan. When using a metal pan, the brioche can stick to the pan.

39. To make sure the brioche will not stick to the pan, you may spray with a Cooking spray

40. You may also butter and flour the pan
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41. Place the balls, one by one, with the smooth side facing towards you
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42. If you followed my trick of different ball sizes, place the 2 smallest balls on the side of the pan, and the biggest ones in the center

43. For a 11.81" (or 11 13/16" or 30 cm) x 4.33" (or 4 21/64" or 11 cm) pan, here's the layout:
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44. And for a 11.02" (or 11 1/32" or 28 cm) x 4.72" (or 4 23/32" or 12 cm) pan, here's the layout:
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Final Proofing

45. Proof the brioche, with a plastic wrap covering the pan
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46.  Wait until the brioche dough proofs. The time needed depends on the ambiant temperature

47. During summer, this takes approx.

1 hour 30 minutes

48. During winter, place the pan on top of your cupboard for

1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes

49.  The danger is either to not let the brioche proof enough, or to over-proof it
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50. Preheat the oven at 360 °F / 180 °C

51. Start mix the


(1), and use it to egg wash the brioche
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52. Use a pastry brush to egg wash

53.  Hold the brush carefully. Do not press ! It would deflate the brioche
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Shaping the balls

54. Here's how I learned to shape the balls, with my pastry teacher Stéphane Tréand as well at the Paul Bocuse cooking school: With a pair of scissors, cut (deeply) a line through the balls
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Baking the brioche

55. Bake in preheated oven at 360 °F / 180 °C

56.  Bake for approx.

30/40 minutes

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57. After

15 minutes

, you may want to do another cut (more subtle this time and not as deep), and continue baking
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Is it baked yet?

58. Towards the end, test the baking : Take a knife or toothpick to the centre of the brioche. If your toothpick or knife comes out wet , it’s not finished baking. If it comes out clean, just moist, it is finished!
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59. Take out of the oven and let cool for

2 minutes

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60. Unmold and let cool down on a cooling rack
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Here's your beauty!

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Can be stored a few days, well wrapped with plastic wrap. Always keep it wrapped, as the brioche dries out really fast...

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Philippe Urraca’s French Brioche

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The result and the pix

Readers' Photos

“Bonjour voici ma brioche de nanterre 😊 Elle est très moelleuse et fond en bouche, merci pour cette superbe recette, toute ma famille l'a apprécié.“

FX (François-xavier) answers :

“Recette choisie ,pour tester l’incorporation avec du beurre froid Celle que je fais habituellement est avec du beurre à température ambiante (recette de envie de bien manger) Bonnes toutes les deux ,celle de Nanterre légèrement plus moelleuse et goûtue“

FX (François-xavier) answers :

“Une véritable merveille. Et au petit déjeuner, ou grillée avec un peu de foie gras par dessus...un déliceMerci!“

FX (François-xavier) answers :


FX (François-xavier) answers :
“Beau travail !“

“Bonjour et merci pour vos recettes. Elles sont impeccables... Je butte encore sur la brioche... La dernière fournée n'est pas mauvaise, mais pas encore cette mie filante, pas trop montée. Une hypothèse : j'ai pétri la pâte avec un Kenwood masterchef, à la vitesse entre 1 et 2, assez rapide donc. Je ne peux comparer avec la vitesse que vous donnez... Mais j'ai constaté un échauffement de la pâte : 33°C à la fin... Je pense que la levée a commencé dès ce moment... et que la levure s'est épuisée... les boules ont eu du mal à monter, même au four à 30°C. Qu'en pensez vous ? Comment comparer les vitesses de pétrissage des différentes machines ? Ca vaudrait le coup de faire un tableau des rotations par minute du crochet pour les principaux robots... je veux bien essayer de compter les vitesses de ma machine si vous voulez....CordialementMerci Cordialement“

FX (François-xavier) answers :
“Il faut bien petrir avant d'ajouter le beurre et que le beurre en cubes soit froid (et pas mou). Verifiez votre levure egalement“

“Super recette! Merci“

FX (François-xavier) answers :

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1 ¾ Cup Flour (270 g)

3 Tablespoons Sugar (37 g)

1 teaspoon Salt (5 g)

1 teaspoon Dry Yeast (5 g)

½ Cup Eggs (162 g)

¾ Cup Butter (175 g)

1 Egg