Monday, 12 September 2011

Easy (Bread Machine) Mini Chocolate Brioches

My daughters love chocolate chip brioches at the moment, but as these are quite expensive to buy, I thought I'd have a go at making them myself. I found various traditional brioche recipes, but they looked a bit of a faff, as you're supposed to fold in extra butter after proving the dough (like you do when making croissants or flaky pastry). I decided to have a go at bunging everything in the bread machine to see what would happen...

I was quite pleased with the results as I managed to produce lovely fluffy brioches with less fat and sugar than found in most traditional recipes.
  • 8oz/200g strong plain bread flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • milk
  • 2 oz/50g butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2-4oz/50-100g chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 sachet fast action dried yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
Crack the eggs into a measuring jug/cup. Top up to the 5fl oz/150ml mark with milk.
Add all of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips to the bread maker pan.
Set on the dough setting and leave to run.
When it has finished proving, knock the dough back by briefly starting the dough setting again. Add the chocolate chips.
Stop the bread machine once the chocolate chips have been mixed in.
Cut the dough into 10-12 small pieces (it will be sticky, but don't add any extra flour.)
Roll into balls and pop each ball into a section of a well greased muffin tin.
Cover loosely with clingfilm and allow to rise for a further 60 minutes.
Brush with milk.
Bake at 200C/190C Fan/Gas 6 for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a couple of minutes, before loosening with a knife and turning out onto a wire rack to cool fully. 

Suitable for freezing.

Alternative: Add raisins or other dried fruit instead of the chocolate chips, for a slightly healthier version.

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  1. Great recipe. My 9 year old loves brioche. I will be making these today.

  2. Definitely going to try these - I'm not exactly a domestic goddess so love the idea of letting my breadmaker do the work :-)

  3. I hope you both like them.

  4. I made these yesterday evening and they came out brilliantly, despite me forgetting about them and leaving them in the breadmaker for an extra hour... They've all been eaten already though, so may have to make some more soon!


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