This large loaf of Brioche is light and soft with a rich buttery taste. It is made with a yeast dough that has been enriched with butter and eggs. It’s a kind of bread and cake hybrid. It is a little time consuming to make, but it really is worth it. I used fresh yeast in this recipe but obviously dry yeast could be substituted, I just like to use fresh yeast once in a while 🙂 Brioche is best eaten warm on the day of baking. However, if you are unable to do this, the following day it is delicious toasted and in my opinion dripping with butter! Slightly stale Brioche can also be used in recipes such as this Apple Charlotte.
So you think ‘fake news’ is a new phenomena? Well, think again! Brioche was wrapped up in a fake news story back in the 18th century. The quote ‘Let them eat cake’ is commonly attributed to Queen Marie Antoinette, as her ‘sniffy’ response to hearing that peasants did not have any bread to eat. However, according to the philosopher Rousseau, ‘qu’ils mangent de la brioche” which translates to ‘let them eat cake’ was said by a Princess, most probably Marie Theresa, the wife of Louis XIV. It is possible that she had heard that the peasants were unable to get hold of bread and the ‘cake’ that she suggested they were given was Pain Benit, a bread/brioche that was given to the poor by priests as an act of charity. Years later, amidst mounting social unrest and tensions, the saying ‘Let them eat cake’ was falsely credited to Marie Antoinette as ‘proof’ that she didn’t understand the daily lives of ordinary people. Who knows the real story about these infamous words, but it is interesting to think that even back then ‘false news’ was rife!
I have used weight measurements in this recipe as in my opinion recipes for many baked goods, including breads, turn out better when ingredients are weighed. I hope that you enjoy this brioche. Although time consuming it really is worth it.