Mama's Tear & Share Brioche

“This is our family recipe for brioche. I make it in a cake tin so we can tear of individual pieces...have a look at the photos to see what I mean ;) This recipe is very easy to make & only has a few ingredients! If you don't have any vanilla sugar, put 1 or 2 vanilla pods in an airtight container with a bag of granulated sugar. I also have a Chocolate Tear & Share Brioche recipe.....”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix the warm milk & yeast in a bowl. Leave to stand for a few minutes.
  2. Sift the 1oz of flour into the milk & yeast mix, add the 1 tsp of sugar & mix well. Leave to stand in a warm place for 10 mins or until frothy (will look a little like mousse!).
  3. While the starter is standing, sift the flour & salt into a mixing bowl. Add the vanilla sugar then rub in the butter. ( rub in method - rub the butter into the flour to create 'bread crumbs' - like you do with short crust pastry)).
  4. When the starter is frothy, whisk in the 2 eggs. When the eggs are fully incorporated, pour the mixture into mixing bowl & stir the ingredients until they come together to form a ball.
  5. Remove the ball of dough & knead on a lightly floured surface for a minute or until no longer sticky.
  6. Place the dough on a lightly floured dish or tray, cover & let rest in a warm place for around 90 minutes or until roughly doubled in size.
  7. When doubled in size, knead the dough again for another minute - just to knock the air out a bit.
  8. Dust a work surface with flour then divide the dough into 12 equal pieces ( cut dough into quarters then cut each quarter into thirds).
  9. Lightly grease a baking tin then place the balls inside - 3 in the middle of the tin & 9 around the edges - make sure there are spaces in between.
  10. Place in a preheated oven at 230 c for around 18 minutes. Start checking the brioche at 15 minutes, remove from oven when pale gold all over.
  11. Remove from tin & allow to cool.Put the icing sugar in a bowl and slowly add a tiny bit of hot water at a time, until you have a thick icing that you drizzle over the brioche. Slowly drizzle the icing over the brioch until it is almost covered.
  12. Tear off a piece when you want & enjoy!

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