Friday, April 22, 2011

Whole Wheat "Light" Brioche Bread

This is quick and easy bread that is so versatile.  It works great as a rich whole wheat sandwich bread, hamburger buns, cinnamon swirl bread or cinnamon rolls. It has significantly less butter and eggs than a typical brioche bread but still has a sweet and rich texture.  Use all whole wheat along with some vital wheat gluten for a 100% whole grain loaf. Or, for a less dense 'wheaty' loaf, try a blend of wheat and white four, eliminating the need for vital wheat gluten.

Whole Wheat "Light" Brioche Bread
((Printable Version))

1 cup warm water
3 tablespoons warm milk
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 1/2 tablespoons dark, raw honey
2 large eggs
3 1/3 cups whole wheat flour (I used 2 1/3 cups wheat and 1 cup white)
2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Combine the water, milk, yeast, and honey.  Let stand until the yeast activates and becomes foamy.

Place your flour and salt in the bottom of a large mixing bowl.  Add the butter and rub it into the flour with your fingers to make crumbs.

Pour in the yeast mixture, 1 beaten egg, and mix with a dough hook attachment on low speed. Mix for about 5 minutes.

Place in a greased bowl and turn the dough so all sides are greased.  Cover with greased plastic wrap and place in a warm place until double in size.  (1-2 hours)

Gently punch down the dough.  Knead by hand to get all the air out and place in a greased loaf pan.  Cover again with greased plastic until doubled.

Before baking, beat second egg with 1 tablespoon water.  Brush this over the top of the bread.

Bake in a preheated 350F oven for about 35-40 minutes.


(Adapted from Smitten Kitten)


  1. Hi, thanks a lot for stopping by and for the lovely thought....this bread looks so healthy and perfectly baked....hope you had a wonderful Easter.

  2. What a beautiful loaf of bread.

  3. Elizabeth SantanakumarAugust 19, 2012 at 4:49 AM

    Hi, I wud like to try this bread recipe today, but I don't have vital wheat gluten? Is there a replacement?

    1. I would try using half wheat half white flour if you do not have vital wheat gluten.

  4. I'm hoping this works in a bread machine? anyone else try it?