What Is Brioche Bread?

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Brioche is a yeast bread of French origin. Unlike other types of French breads, brioche is made with eggs, butter and sugar, giving it a rich taste.

Because of its slightly sweet taste, delicate crust and richness, brioche can easily be served on its own. The bread can also be toasted and served with jam or preserves. Because it has a tender texture and a thicker crumb, brioche is often used for French toast and bread puddings. Brioche is made in the form of loaves, braids or rounds. The traditional French way of making brioche is called a “topknot,” where a smaller round of bread sits on top of a larger round. Brioche dough is also used to make other sweet or filled breads, such as cinnamon rolls.