A brioche tribute to Marie-Antoinette

I never thought Marie-Antoinette’s comments would one day make sense to me… But it actually did this week-end.
We did follow her famous advice “If they have no bread, let them have brioche” !


It´s actually not a spontaneous thing to do as the dough should be prepared the day before and rest overnight in the fridge.
Then you can shape it, let it rest for a couple more hours, and finally bake it.

Mine has the very unorthodoxe shape of the Cocofesse you can find in exotic islands.


It was nonetheless delicious.


For all Marie-Antoinette’s fan club here are the ingredients:
400g strong white flour
5g powdered dried yeast
10g fine salt – you can use less
90ml warm milk
2 tbsp caster sugar
100g butter, softened
4 medium free-range eggs, beaten

To glaze: 1 medium free-range egg & 2 tbsp milk.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and bring together to form a dough. Knead for about 10 minutes, until smooth and shiny. Then shape the dough, cover it and leave it in the fridge overnight.