Brioche with Orange Blossom Water



img_0158A few morning yawns later (by a few I mean a lot), and time to make my family a nice Friday morning breakfast, also my post for Fiesta Friday #17. I made a sweet Brioche with Orange Water Blossom. I also want to introduce today’s new (two) co-hosts;  Mr Fitz from Cooking with Mr Fitz and Justine from Eclectic odds n sods.

Serves 12 Slices


  • 500g of wheat flour
  • 20g of fresh yeast
  • 100g of white granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 200ml of lukewarm water
  • 50ml of orange blossom water
  • 60g of soft butter
  • 1 medium egg
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 egg yolk for the brush
  • Pearl sugar
  • Candied fruits

Procedure: (either by hand or with stand mixer). I use the stand mixer.

  1. In a small bowl add the fresh yeast, half a teaspoon of sugar and a little of lukewarm milk.
  2. Sir with your fingers, cover and set aside for 30 minutes.
  3. In the mixing bowl on the stand mixer add the flour, the sugar and the vanilla sugar.
  4. Start to mix on low speed.
  5. Add the fresh yeast.
  6. Start to mix the all the ingredients with the hook of your stand mixer, slowly.
  7. Add the egg, the salt and continue to mix on a medium speed.
  8. Pour the lukewarm milk and mix.
  9. Pour the orange blossom water and mix.
  10. Add the butter and the zest of 1 orange.
  11. Continue to mix in high speed until the dough becomes soft and detaches from the bowl.
  12. Transfer the dough into a big floured bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside for 1 hour in a warm place.
  13. Dust with flour a clean surface and transfer the dough into the surface.
  14. Knead with your hands to remove the bubble’s  air (for a few minutes).
  15. Grease and butter a large baking tray.
  16. Place the dough on the baking tray.
  17. Make a round shape.
  18. With your fingers dig the center of the dough to make a hole (the process to make a crown).
  19. Flour a medium bowl or a large mug that you place in the center of the dough to make the crown.
  20. Brush all the surface of the Brioche with the egg yolk.
  21. Dust with pearls sugar and decorate with candied fruits.
  22. Let the dough rise for 1 hour (keep the bowl in the middle of the Brioche).
  23. Preheat the oven to 200C degrees.
  24. Remove the bowl from the center, you obtain a nice crown.
  25. Bake for 30 minutes (maybe more or less, depending on the oven).
  26. Remove when the Brioche is golden brown and allow to cool for 30 minutes.

The brioche is warm and the smell so good, no need to add jam or butter. Perfect addition to a nice family breakfast for a friendly and cheerful atmosphere with the whole family.

Bon Appetit.

81 thoughts on “Brioche with Orange Blossom Water

  1. Quelle belle brioche Linda ! J’admire tes talents de boulangère, la mie a l’air bien filante et j’imagine l’odeur divine de fleur d’oranger qui devait se répandre dans toute ta maison !

    • Merci beaucoup Daria 🙂 Ce matin, on se serait cru dans une orangeraie. J’aime beaucoup l’odeur de la fleur d’oranger. De ma brioche il ne reste plus grand chose, j’ai enveloppe le reste dans un torchon (si elle reste la d’ici demain)…Bonne fin de semaine!

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  3. oh wow, I have never seen a brioche like that it looks fabulous. Hrrm I wonder how easy to make, fresh yeast? can you buy fresh yeast? LOL..I would so love to eat that, a perfect offering, please have two glasses of bubbly! Happy Fiesta Friday, Justine (co host with Mr Fritz) xx

    • Thank you so much Justine 🙂 The brioche is simple and very easy to make (and the yeast is very bubbly 😉 )…Nice to meet you at Fiesta Friday and thanks for co-hosting !

    • Sorry to scrape in but Justine, you can buy small blocks of fresh yeast from the Eastern European grocery shops – it’s in the fridge usually next to the dairy. Or if you go into large Sainsbury’s and ask them in the bakery they may sell/give you some.

      • Sorry Justine for my late reply, Selma was faster than me 😉 I live in Dubai and fresh yeast is not on sale with the dairy products (it’s not on sale at all) by miracle I got mine at the counter top of the bakery of my supermarket. The yeast can be frozen and stay only 2 days in the fridge, (for 500g of flour you need 20g of fresh yeast). Enjoy the rest of FF xx

  4. Oven fresh brioche for breakfast with such an amount of orange blossom water and also zest – you have one lucky family, Linda! They must love you even more today for such a treat!

  5. Oh, Linda! You are really good friends with the yeast! This brioche sounds really good and so brilliant adding orange water blossom. I could smell this – yum! 😀

    Enjoy FF18! 🙂

  6. Linda! You continue to amaze me with your recipes!!! First of all, this sounds sooo good! Your family must have loved it! Secondly, it is so gorgeous!! Love your pics!
    Question: what is orange water blossom? I haven’t heard of it.

    • Thank you so much Lori for your kind words 🙂 Orange water blossom is a distilled water with essence of bitter orange (and the smell is heavenly). I use it alot in my desserts. Have a great weekend!

    • Thank you so much Sonal 🙂 Making brioche is very simple, they are soft and the smell of the fresh butter with orange blossom water is very unique. Do let me know how it turns out. Enjoy your weekend !

  7. Wow! This just sounds so wonderful! I just happen to have a big bottle of orange blossom water from today’s recipe, so I think I will have to use some in your recipe! Can’t wait! 😀

  8. So pretty! I want a slice of this with my morning tea. I’ve stayed away from making brioche because of the large amounts of butter involved with traditional brioche, but this looks like a reasonable amount. Thanks for sharing it!

    • Ngan, there are so many recipes of Brioche and I agree with you some recipes need a big amount of butter but this one is not too much buttery. This is one of my favorite and I love the smell of the Orange Blossom Water.

  9. I’m so very keen to make my own brioche Linda… and you’ve just provided me with some wonderful inspiration to do so! Love the infusion of orange blossom water and zest – sounds very exotic!

    • Thank you so much Margot 🙂 The smell of the brioche is extremely fragrant. You can add more or less sugar if you want but with 100g it sounds perfect. If you do try it, let me know how it turns out! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  10. Linda – this looks divine! You make it sound so easy too! I love that you have used orange blossom water and zest as well as candied fruits – fabulous! I am bookmarking this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you so much Selma 🙂 The recipe is simple and I work a lot with orange blossom water. You can make another shape if you want but I like the crown shape for this recipe.You are so lucky you can buy fresh yeast where you live…Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  11. Yum! We ate brioche with orange blossom in France a couple of summers ago, it was so delicious. I’ve always assumed brioche has to contain a prohibitive amount of butter, but like the look of your recipe! Maybe I’ll have to give it a try…

    • Thank you so much 🙂 This Brioche is very popular in France, in Algeria and in South of Spain. The smell of orange blossom water is full of flavors and this one contains a few quantity of butter. I agree with you some recipes contain a huge mountain of butter but normally a real brioche contains a lot of butter. If you do try it, let me know how it turns out!
      You can visit my “Bakery” category!

  12. This brioche looks so good! It look exactly like a bread I saw on one of my baking book. (a book of French baker teaching in Japan.) Having this for breakfast must be such a treat!

    • Thank you so much Weebirdiecafe 🙂 The brioche was very good and the smell a little heaven for our breakfast ( I love orange blossom water) . As you know I’m a big Fan of “bakery” and this brioche is very popular in Algeria, France, and South of Spain. More and more Bakery are coming 😉 Have a great week.

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