Instructions

  1. Mix and knead together all the dough ingredients, except the cranberries and orange peel, to make a soft, smooth dough. If kneading by hand, this will take awhile due to the amount of butter in the dough.
  2. Add the cranberries and peel, and knead for another 4 or 5 minutes.
  3. Allow the dough to rise, covered, for about 1 hour, or until it's quite puffy.
  4. Divide the dough into 20 pieces (about 1 7/8 ounces each) to make mini brioche; or 12 pieces (about 3 ounces each) to make larger individual brioche in muffin cups; or 2 pieces (about 18 ½ ounces) for full-size brioche pans.
  5. Roll the dough into balls, and place into brioche papers, pans, or greased muffin cups.
  6. Cover and allow to rise until doubled and puffy, abut 1 hour.
  7. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  8. Bake the brioche for 14 to 18 minutes (for small brioche); 18 to 20 minutes (for muffin-sized brioche); or 30 to 35 minutes, for two large brioche. If necessary, tent lightly with foil midway through, to prevent over-browning. The finished bread will be a deep golden brown.
  9. Remove the brioche from the oven, and transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  10. Yield: 20 mini brioche; 12 muffin-sized brioche; or 2 larger brioche.

Tips from our Bakers

  • We highly recommend using a stand mixer or bread machine to knead this dough; it's quite difficult to do by hand, given the amount of butter and eggs in the dough.