I often make brioche dough on Friday, bake it fresh for Saturday breakfast, and turn the leftovers into some kind of bread pudding on Sunday – very little fuss, really, and a lot of appreciation from the family.
The brioche recipe I use these days (and I’m not looking for another) is an Alice Medrich’s adaptation of Desiré Valentin brioche, the best bread I’ve had. The brilliant idea of the chocolate banana jam belongs to the local genii – Dominique and Cindy Duby. It can perfectly replace Nutella for those who can’t eat nuts.
Makes two 8×4-inch brioche loaves and about 29 oz (700g) jam
For the chocolate banana jam:
- 4 medium-sized ripe bananas, peeled and mushed
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- ½ tsp ground cardamom, toasted
- 3.6 oz (100g) 70% dark chocolate finely chopped
For the brioche:
- 3 cups (15 oz) bread flour
- 20 tbsp (2 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, cold
- 2 ½ tsp active dry yeast
- 1 tsp plus 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup warm water (105 to 115 F)
- 5 eggs, cold
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 1 egg + 1 tsp water, beaten lightly, for egg wash
Make the chocolate banana jam:
Combine the bananas, sugar, orange juice, and cardamom in a heavy tall stainless steel saucepan and cook on medium heat, stirring, for about 5-8 minutes. Take off the heat, stir in the chopped chocolate. Puree with an immersion blender until the mixture is smooth. Transfer the jam into a clean container fitted with a lid and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
Make the brioche:
Spread the flour in a wide baking pan. Freeze at least 30 minutes or until needed.
Using the paddle attachment of a heavy-duty mixer, beat the cold butter only until creamy, smooth, and free of lumps when pinched between your fingers. Scrape the butter into a mound on parchment paper and refrigerate. Proceed with the recipe right away; a long delay will reharden the butter.
Dissolve the yeast and 1 tsp of sugar in the warm water. Pour the dissolved yeast in the mixer bowl. Attach the dough hook. Add the remaining 1/3 cup sugar, eggs, salt, and the flour and mix until blended. Knead the dough on medium speed for 5 minutes. After kneading period the dough will be very soft, sticky, and elastic. It will all be wrapped around the dough hook. Add the cold creamed butter in several pieces, pushing it into the dough, and beat with the hook until thoroughly incorporated. Stop several times to scrape the dough from the bowl and hook. Scrape the dough into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
Up to 24 hours later, butter two medium-sized loaf pans. Scrape the cold dough out onto a floured surface. Divide into 20 more or less equal portions, about 2 oz each. Form each portion into a small ball and arrange 10 balls on the bottom of each loaf pan (2 rows of 5 balls). Spray with oil, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and place into a warm place to proof, for about 2 hours or until almost doubled.
Center an oven rack and preheat the oven to 350F. Brush the egg wash gently over the top of each loaf, taking care not to get it onto the pans. Bake the brioches until deeply brown, or an instant-read thermometer reads 200F when inserted in the center of the bread, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool slightly, unmold, cool on the rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
January 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm
I made this bread and it is really good. I was a little suspious after mixing the dough, very sticky. But I baked the bread today, the texture is flaky, and smells great. Thank u for the recipe.
September 5, 2012 at 4:21 am
vera is it necesory to keep flour in the fridge for half an hour and why ?
June 13, 2012 at 2:45 am
While proofing the dough,my butter melted since the weather is hot and the dough was quite wet.
It is okay to continue proofing like this?
May 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm
I’ve had a few fails in the past with bread (I blame it on the yeast), so I was a little anxious about making this brioche, but it turned out HEAVENLY.
I brought it to a potluck (with Nutella) and got tons of compliments and requests for the recipe. The two loaves were completely demolished.
Thanks for the awesome recipe and clear instructions! I’m definitely going to make this again.
November 17, 2011 at 12:18 am
Oh my, this brioche looks fantastic!!!
July 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Sheila, you are very welcome. I’m glad you liked the jam.
Natasha, thank you. Sorry, couldn’t reply earlier. How many grams of what exactly? There are 140gr of flour, or 200gr of sugar in our 240-ml cup.
July 3, 2011 at 1:41 am
The recipe is awesome. But can you clear something up for me. How many gramms are there in one cup?In Russia it is 250 gr.Looking forward to the answer.
July 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm
Just wanted to let you know that I just made the jam and it was wonderful!!! My husband and I both love it! Hopefully I’ll get around to making the bread one of these days too! :) Thanks so much for sharing the recipes!! :)
April 5, 2011 at 9:16 pm
Thank you, Sawsan.
April 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm
Love the idea of that jam!
In fact I love everything about your blog..truly amazing and inspiring
March 5, 2011 at 1:18 am
Awesome. Too bad Im on diet again.
February 3, 2011 at 3:00 am
How do u tink it will turn out if i were to add 1/2 tea spoon of ground cardamon (roasted) abd 1/2 tea spoon of nutmeg?
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December 19, 2010 at 10:56 am
Vera, you are a genius and this is absolutely something very delicious! Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you!
October 26, 2010 at 4:50 am
I love brioche! I love chocolate! I have to make this.
June 7, 2010 at 12:55 am
i’ve been wanting to try Alice’s brioche recipe – ive got it book marked – thx for the reminder here!
June 2, 2010 at 8:08 am
Amazing recipes. I can’t wait to try both of them!
May 18, 2010 at 2:13 am
Love, love, love brioche and am very intrigued by this jam. I was just going to say it looks like Nutella! :)
Am going to try this jam as it has all my favourites, especially chocolate and cardamom.
May 17, 2010 at 7:09 am
Not only your brioche looks great but that jam must be out of this world good!!! It looks like Nutella, and that only can be a goos thing!
May 16, 2010 at 3:12 pm
it really looks delicious and so so sweet, my kind of dessert, love it! cheers from london
May 16, 2010 at 9:17 am
i absolutely love the idea of the jam! I just finished off a jar of banana preserves which i adored, and of course, i can never get enough nutella, so this really sounds like the perfect combination! thanks for the inspiration
May 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm
Aie aie aie, it seems so delicious!!!!
May 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm
Thank you, everyone, for the comments!
Viola, you can’t just knead the brioche dough by hand,it’s quite wet and sticky, and you don’t want to melt all this butter. You can mix it with a wooden spoon instead, but I have to warn you – this is a strenuous exercise. Ask someone to help, take turns.
May 8, 2010 at 9:22 pm
your brioche looks delish.. have been looking for a good recipe for ages..
but is there a way to make the dough without a machine (i dont have a machine with a dough hook attachment)?
is hand kneading ok?? or is it not going to be good enough???
May 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm
I bet your family loves your bread making skills!
May 4, 2010 at 11:28 pm
Your brioche alone looks fabulous but the jam just pushes it over the edge!! Wow! So inventive and sounds divine
May 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm
wow the brioche looks amazing, so soft and fluffy! and the jam….yum! Cardamon is a nice touch!
May 4, 2010 at 6:17 am
Mmmmmmm – you had me at “chocolate banana jam”! Bookmarking NOW!
May 4, 2010 at 3:05 am
The jam looks lovely. Does the bananas have to be very ripe as in with black spots ?
May 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm
Oh! Your brioche alreay looks so yummie…must taste even better with the jam :-)
May 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm
The bread and jam look heavenly! I wish it would just pop up in front of my face this instant. I’m thinking.. half Nutella, half banana jam. Yum!
May 3, 2010 at 10:43 am
Thank you all very much for the kind comments!
Ann Marie, the jars are ordinary Mason jars from the canning isle of an ordinary grocery store.
Shabs, yes, the all-purpose flour will do just fine.
May 3, 2010 at 10:31 am
Wow.. the banana and cardamom jam sounds divine.
May 3, 2010 at 9:32 am
Sorry, i just read the one about he banana jam…but please answer othe one
May 3, 2010 at 9:28 am
What a lovely pic!….I have few question,….how long will the jam keep?….does it last long like the other jams…And can we use all purpose flour instead of bread flour?
May 3, 2010 at 6:59 am
Beautiful! You have inspired me to make Brioche! I was thinking about making the brioche from “The Craft of Baking” but will try yours instead.
Where do you find such wonderful jars? Thank you for the inspiration and incredible recipe and ideas!
May 3, 2010 at 5:45 am
Wow, this sounds like such a simple, tasty jam recipe! Banana and chocolate is such a winner! Your family is lucky…
May 3, 2010 at 12:41 am
What a beautiful brioche! That chocolate spread must taste wonderful too…
May 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm
Your brioche looks absolutely perfect and lovely!!