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Simple Recipe for French Brioche Loaf

You might shy away from bread making, but this simple Cocoa and Lavender recipe for a French Brioche Loaf will make you reconsider. Our friend Barbara took a no-knead brioche bun recipe and turned it into a loaf. This easy loaf has become one of our favourite bread for sandwiches (think grilled cheese, croque monsieur).

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Simple Recipe French Brioche

Simplified French Brioche Loaf

David Scott Allen | Cocoa & Lavender
A time-friendly recipe for a delicious French Brioche Loaf of bread!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Resting time 2 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Course Breads
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 1 Loaf


  • 4 cups All-purpose or Bread flour
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp Instant Yeast
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 4 tbsp Butter softened
  • 1 cup Cold Water
  • 2 eggs 1 whole and 1 divided


  • Whisk together the flour, salt, yeast, and sugar.
  • Heat the milk and butter together until the butter melts. Add the following and whisk; cold water, whole egg, egg yolk (from the second egg). Stir until lukewarm.
  • Add to the flour mixture. Stir with a spatula until you have a sticky dough ball.
  • Cover the bowl and let it rise in a warm area for 2 hours. Or until doubled.
  • Cover a work surface liberally with flour. Deflate the dough on the work surface. Use flour to make a slightly sticky dough. Shape into a loaf and place in a greased 9-inch x 5-inch bread pan.
  • Cover with oiled cling film and set in a warm place to rise for 45-60 minutes. Or until puffed and it feels light to touch. Note: If you are using a warm oven to proof the dough, check it after 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  • Carefully remove the cling film from the dough. Gently brush with the reserved egg white and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 350°F and bake an additional 27-30 minutes.
Keyword Breads, French Recipes
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David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen is the author, photographer, and cook behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. Passionate about travel, he especially enjoys eating traditional foods and learning local customs, whether in the United States or around the globe.

David's first trip to France took place when he was 14, and he returned as often as possible thereafter. However, it wasn't until his 50th birthday that he finally made it south to Provence. The beauty, history, charm, warmth, cuisine, and - of course - the rosé wines captured his heart. He shares his Provençal recipes here on Perfectly Provence, and his food and wine pairings monthly on the Provence WineZine.

David is a firm believer that sharing a meal with friends around the table is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if it happens to be in Provence, all the better!

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