Butter’s Existence

In Recipes, The Piglet Oinking on March 26, 2011 at 1:54 am

Mmm bread

I cannot imagine a foodie’s world without butter, and brioche is a perfect example why butter is a necessity. This recipe, inspired by Thomas Keller’s Bouchon cookbook, churns out the perfect buttery, flaky, light and airy loaf of bread. I thank you, Thomas Keller, again for sharing your wonderful recipes to the world.

Makes one loaf of bread


  • 2 tbsp very warm water
  • 1/2 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup + 1/4 cup of cake flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2.5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 large eggs, beaten lightly
  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter cut into 1 inch cubes
  • egg wash: 1 egg+water/milk, beaten lightly

  1. Combine warm water and yeast until dissolved; let it sit for 10 minutes, or until liquid has start to foam.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, salt; slowly add eggs one at a time and gradually adding yeast; continue kneading for 5 minutes. then add about 1/4 of butter at a time until the dough is well incorporated with the butter; knead for 10 minutes. *dough might feel too buttery in the beginning, but after 6~7 minutes of incorporating and kneading, the dough will start to form into a nice soft dough.
  3. Let it sit in warm place for 3 hours, or until double in size and return to counter and work in the air bubbles with a few kneads; let it sit in fridge overnight.
  4. Next morning, lightly butter a 8.5″ by 4.5″ loaf pan; divide the dough into three long strands, each measuring ~12″; squeezing the ends of the rope together, tightly braid the dough, tucking the ends underneath.
  5. Gently place it into the buttered loaf pan, cover and let it sit for ~3 hours, or until dough has doubled in size.
  6. Preheat oven 350F; place the loaf pan, top covered in foil and bake for 30 minutes; remove the foil and brush the top of the bread generously with egg wash; bake without foil for another 15 minutes, or until internal temperature is at least 205F. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes; turn out onto rack to cool completely.
  7. Slice a piece and enjoy with your condiments.


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