Brioche is such a special bread and at its best----it's light, fluffy, airy, buttery, rich and so delicious smeared with a generous sliver of softened, salted butter or jam. This is what you'll get with this Soft Buttery Vegan Brioche Bread and now, despite being known for its buttery flavor, you can make homemade brioche that's just as delectable as the real thing without any dairy, eggs, or real butter. If you love brioche but need to skip the milk products, this vegan version is made for you!
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If you've gotten into sourdough bread baking, or just love baking your own bread these days more than usual, then this Soft Buttery Vegan Brioche Bread is also is a fun project for the entire family---minus the difficulty of actually making certain types of breads.
There's no sourdough starter, so it's a super easy recipe for non-bread bakers too. In fact, this easy vegan brioche bread recipe only requires 20 minutes or so of hands-on work. The rest of the time is for the yeast to activate and help your loaf rise to its airiest, fluffiest potential----two times the charm! Of course, I highly recommend trying my Homemade Honey Oat Bread for a nice sweet twist or my Hubby's Hot Honey Garlic Dinner Rolls as your next side dish! I promise that it's work making!
Overall, this brioche bread recipe is one for the books and can be tweaked in flavor based on your preference. For a sweeter note, you can add additional sweetener or even turn it into a sweet potato brioche bread for a bold, comforting flavor. Just add 1 cup of mashed sweet potato and adjust the flour to another additional 1 cup or so and you're good to go! If you need a bit more guidance, just follow my Vegan Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls, which has a very similar dough process.
Much like regular bread, brioche uses similar ingredients like yeast, flour, egg, and butter. However, the difference with brioche is that you actually need a lot of eggs and butter to create the flavor we all love and cherish. In addition, brioche needs to proof twice so that the yeast activates fully and does it's thing to create the fluffy, buttery, airy results we hope for.
If you've ever wondered what you could actually use brioche bread for, especially since this recipe makes 2 loafs, no worries! In general, you can use brioche bread as:
This brioche bread recipe is perfectly crafted with bread flour, yeast, cane sugar, vegan butter, aquafaba (the liquid from chickpeas), plant-based milk, and few pinches of seasoning. Therefore, these ingredients create a nice buttery and mildly sweet bread that is sure to be your new family staple.
Ready to get baking? The first thing to do is assemble your ingredients! Like many rising dough recipes, you always start with adding your ingredients together in a stand mixer (or bowl if kneading by hand) and mixing until combined. Then you knead the dough vigorously for about 15-20 minutes to ensure that it becomes elastic-like in texture with a shine.
Then you add the dough to a greased bowl, cover and let it rise for the first hour. Once risen, remove it unto a lightly floured surface and cut into pieces. Assemble dough pieces in prepped loaf pans, cover and let it rise for a second time. Once risen again, brush with syrup, bake, slice, and serve!
Here's what you need to make this dairy-free and vegan brioche bread recipe:
Shape dough. After the first rise, you can shape the dough and prepare it for baking. Cut the dough into 12 even pieces and roll each one into a smooth ball. I like to use a bench scraper to cut the dough, but a very sharp knife will do!
Assemble. Place the balls inside a well-greased loaf pan (I like to line the sides with parchment for an easy lift, but it's optional). They should be touching each other. Now let the dough rise for a second and final time in the pan for another hour or two at room temperature while you preheat the oven to 375°F.
Bake. After rising, brush the tops with your simple syrup (this helps it bake to a beautiful golden brown finish) and pop the loaf pans into the hot oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. The brioche is done when the top is golden brown and the center is firm and fully cooked. You can test with the toothpick or butter knife, if you're unsure.
At last, you can remove them from the oven, let them cool slightly, slice, and enjoy!
Believe it or not, aquafaba is a great vegan egg replacement that is made from chickpea water. This makes it a great replacer for baking recipes that require a binder like egg and it's also considered a healthy alternative to egg. In general baking, if you can substitute aquafaba with chia eggs, flax eggs, egg replacement powder, or applesauce.
If you don't have any canned chickpea handy or you don't want to use it when making your brioche bread, no worries! You can always substitute the aquafaba liquid in this recipe with cooked mashed potatoes (Yukon are great), sweet potato puree, or warm water.
Serve your buttery vegan brioche bread with any of your favorite toppings or any different variations. A smear of vegan butter or jam or dunk in extra virgin olive oil is always a great idea. However, you can enjoy this brioche bread as a side, apart of your next breakfast dish, or wrapped as a sandwich with any of the following recipes:
While you don't absolutely need a stand mixer to make this brioche dough, it certainly comes in handy. If you don't have one, simply mix the ingredients together in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon. then transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead the dough by hand until it's smooth and shiny. A little arm strength gets the job done too!
If you somehow resist devouring this fluffy brioche hot out of the oven, you can store fully cooled leftovers in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days.
For longer storage, wrap the loaf tightly in plastic wrap followed by a freezer-safe ziplock bag and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Let the loaf thaw at room temperature before slicing and serving. You can also gently reheat it in the oven wrapped in aluminum foil.
Basically, brioche is different to most breads because it's made with an enriched dough and tastes a little sweeter. In addition, it's most known for it's super soft texture, which is often loved.
While they are made similar with enriched dough, the main difference is that Hawaiian rolls are usually sweeter and include a bit of pineapple juice.
When it comes to finding the best spreads for brioche bread, honestly the possibilities are endless! I enjoy adding softened butter, jam, honey or maple syrup, cream cheese, etc. on mine. Of course, always use dairy-free versions of these if you're restricted to a vegan diet.
Overall, all-purpose flour is the most perfect for making loaves of brioche bread as it'll give you a soft and fluffy crumb. However, you can use bread flour, but it'll result in a slightly chewier loaf of brioche. This is why I love mixing both together for that perfect balance in texture and feel.
The main reason for dense or heavy bread can be the result of not kneading the dough effectively. Always knead the dough for several minutes until it becomes "shiny" and elastic-like in texture once slightly pressed or pulled.
Some of the other potential reasons could be mixing the yeast + salt together (which kills the yeast) or not allowing your bread to bake well enough (i.e. removing it early without testing the centers or having it at the wrong temperature, etc.).
Absolutely! Instead of shaping your dough and adding them to a load pan, you'll simply place them on a baking sheet after rolling them. NOTE: That you'll cut the pieces into 8 instead of 12.
Now that you're on a dairy-free baking kick with this brioche bread recipe, give these recipes that your entire family will love a try next:
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