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The best brioche (without eggs and butter, chef Christophe Michalak)

Piece of life

A recipe of brioche from Christophe Michalak is for sure a good start, but “without eggs and butter” it gets intriguing. Let me to tell you something immediately…. it’s magic !

For the record, I came across this recipe because of a fridge problem… At the start of the pandemic our fridge broke. Imagine : shops closed, handymans overwhelmed and my fridge freezing everything, cooking had become a real headache ! And the kids [100% of the time at home] wanted a brioche, but I didn’t have any butter and only 2 frozen eggs [damn fridge], so I thought I’d look for a vegan recipe. And that’s how I found this recipe, on Mercotte’s website [PS: the recipe is not actually vegan since there is milk, but you can use plant-based milk instead, works out great !].

About the brioche

This brioche is a wonderful discovery. The texture is amazing : stringy, soft, and very greedy… For the skeptics, believe me, it’s worth the try. And as a brioche passionate, you should trust me !

I had fun testing this brioche in different ways.

1/ The oil : I mostly use olive oil. It has a strong flavor but it matches perfectly with the recipe, though you can change it for a more neutral oil, like avocado oil or grape seed oil.

2/ The milk: cow or plant-based, as you prefer. I made this brioche either with cow milk and oat milk, both versions were equally good.

3/ Sugar. I reduced a bit the quantity from the original recipe. I tried the recipe with different form of sugar : white sugar, honey and maple syrup. If you go for a “liquid sugar” then you’ll have to decrease the amount of milk a bit to compensate, the dough being already soft the addition of liquid makes it too hard to handle.

4/ I don’t follow the same steps for the preparation of the dough as the original recipe, but it works perfectly.

5/ The shape : well, be creative…

Brioche à l'huile de Christophe Michalak

The best brioche (without eggs and butter, chef Christophe Michalak)

A heavenly soft brioche, with oil and no eggs or butter… that is surprising ! And it is amazing !
Course: Bakery, Brioches
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Brioches, Christophe Michalak, Easy recipe
Portions 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Temps de repos: 2 hours
Cooking time: 30 minutes
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Équipements

  • Stand mixer with the hook (ideally but can also be done by hand)
  • Mold (mine is 23 cm or 9 inch), with a high edge
  • Pastry brush

Ingredients

  • 380 g flour
  • 260 ml milk (cow or plant-based) 250 mL if you use maple syrup or honey
  • 70 g oil olive, avocado, grape seed, canola (rapeseed)…
  • 40 g sugar or maple syrup or honey
  • 20 g fresh yeast or 1 bag of dry yeast (about 7 or 8 g)
  • 5 g salt

For the topping

  • milk
  • pearl sugar

Instructions

  • Line the mold with parchment paper (or grease it with oil).
  • Crumble the yeast into the bowl of the mixer (fitted with the hook).
  • Pour in the warm milk and let the yeast dilute for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the flour, oil, sugar (honey or maple syrup) and salt.
  • Knead the dough on slow speed for 10 minutes. The dough will be quite sticky, this is normal.
  • Cover the dough with a clean cloth and let it rise for about 1 hour in a dry, warm place, until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Punch down the dough. Cut the dough into 8 pieces of the same size (more or less… I don't weigh it, I do it by eye), and shape them into balls. Place them in the mold, forming a flower. Leave a small space between each piece, about 0.5 cm (as the dough will rise).
    Brioche à l'huile : façonnage de la brioche
  • Let it rise for another 45 minutes to 1 hour.
    Brioche à l'huile : 2ème poussée
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • Gently brush the dough with a little milk, then spread the pearl sugar over it.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.

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