Mini Chocolate Stuffed Vanilla Bean Brioche À Tête

Mini chocolate stuffed vanilla bean brioche a tete - Domestic Gothess I think that brioche has got to be just about my favourite thing to come out of France…I’m not talking about the mass-produced stuff that you get in supermarkets that has the texture (and flavour…) of cotton wool; I’m talking about proper brioche, heavily enriched with butter and eggs and yet seemingly impossibly light.

Mini chocolate filled vanilla bean brioche a teteI was given some brioche moulds a while ago and have been itching to put them to good use; and these mini chocolate stuffed vanilla bean brioche à tête were the ideal use for them. I have some 4 inch moulds and some 2.5 (I believe you measure across the top rather than the bottom…?) so made a few of each; don’t worry if you can’t get hold of any though, you can use a muffin tin instead; although they don’t look quite as cute… I have given the quantities of dough to use per mould for each of those sizes and for a muffin tin in the recipe; if your tins are different sizes to those given then just remember that you need to use enough dough for the mould to be about 2/3rds full, don’t overfill them or they will overflow and end up looking very odd! You can also simply shape the dough into plain buns, minus the ‘tête’ (the bobble on the top, tête meaning ‘head’) and place them spaced apart on a baking sheet.

Mini chocolate stuffed vanilla bean brioche buns - Domestic GothessI make my brioche dough by hand, which is perfectly do-able, but quite hard work and very messy as it is a very soft, sticky dough, even before you add the butter. So if you are lucky enough to own a stand mixer then I suggest that you use it! If not then prepare to get messy and have a bit of an arm workout… I decided to flavour my dough with vanilla, I used both the seeds of a vanilla pod and a tablespoon of vanilla extract, which sounds like a lot, but bread dough seems to really soak up vanilla and needs a lot more for the flavour to come through. I filled the buns with dark chocolate because although buttery brioche is delicious enough on it’s own, the addition of chocolate elevates it to new levels of deliciousness. The combination of light, soft, butter and vanilla scented bread dough and melted dark chocolate is truly heavenly.

Mini chocolate and vanilla brioche buns - Domestic Gothess

Mini Chocolate Stuffed Vanilla Bean Brioche À Tête
 
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Ingredients
  • 500g (4 + ¼ cups) strong white bread flour
  • 7g (1 tsp) salt
  • 50g (1/4 cup) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 10g (3 tsp) fast action yeast
  • 120ml (1/2 cup) full fat milk, lukewarm
  • 5 eggs
  • the seeds from one vanilla pod
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 250g (1 cup) softened butter
  • about 200g (7 oz) dark chocolate, chopped
  • melted butter for greasing
  • 1 beaten egg to glaze
Instructions
  1. Start the day before you want to bake.
  2. Place the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add the milk, eggs, vanilla seeds and extract and mix on a
  3. slow speed for 2 minutes, then on a medium speed for 6 – 8 minutes more, until the dough is soft, glossy and elastic. If you are kneading by hand you will need to
  4. knead the dough for at least 10 minutes, if not 15. The method to knead very sticky dough by hand is to lift and stretch it up from the worksurface (it will stick), slap it
  5. back down, fold and turn it and repeat, you will need a dough scraper to prise it off the worktop, and don't add any extra flour, or you will end up with tough bread.
  6. Once the dough is elastic, add the softened butter and continue to mix for a further 4 – 5 minutes by machine, or 8-10 by hand, scraping down the bowl periodically to
  7. ensure that the butter is thoroughly incorporated. The dough will be very soft.
  8. Tip the dough into a large bowl, cover, and refrigerate overnight, this will allow the dough to rise and firm up enough to handle.
  9. The following day, brush your moulds with melted butter, don't be fooled into thinking that because there is so much butter in the dough it wont stick! Remove the dough from the fridge.
  10. For 4 inch moulds, you will need to divide the dough into 115g (4oz) balls (approximately 10 or 11 overall), divide these into 100g (3.5oz) for the base and 15g (0.5oz) for the head. Shape the base into a ball and then roll it out on a lightly floured surface into a disc, don't roll it too thin or they may split and ooze chocolate when you bake them. Place about 20g (0.75oz) of chopped chocolate in the centre of the disc, bring the edges up over the top and pinch tightly to seal. Reshape into a ball and place, seam side down in the mould. To make the tête, roll the 15g portion of dough into a ball then pich one side of it to create a carrot or cone shape - fat and rounded at one end and narrow at the other.
  11. Press a lightly floured finger into the centre of the base to create a deep impression, don't go all the way to the bottom though. Place the narrow end of the tête into the impression and press gently around the edges to seal it in place. Try and work fairly quickly as as the dough warms up the butter will soften and the dough become sticky. Place the tins on a baking sheet. (If none of that made sense to you there are some step by step photos below.)
  12. For 2.5 inch moulds, follow the same procedure but use 25g of dough for the base and 5g for the tête, with 5g chopped chocolate in the centre, this will make about 40 (they are very small). For a deep muffin tin, use 65g dough for the base, 10g for the tête and 15g of chocolate.
  13. Place the baking sheet inside a large clean plastic bag, making sure that it doesn't touch the dough. Leave to rise until almost doubled in size, this will take about 1½ hours for larger ones and 45 minutes for the tiny 2.5in ones.
  14. Heat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5. Gently brush the risen brioche with beaten egg, make sure it doesn't drip down between the dough and the tin or it will make the buns difficult to remove. Bake the brioche for 20 minutes for larger buns, 15 minutes for small ones, until golden brown and the internal temperature registers as 90°C/194°F on a digital thermometer, or a skewer inserted comes out clean (apart from the chocolate).
  15. Remove from the oven and unmould onto a wire rack, allow to cool a little but serve warm. Brioche rolls are best served fresh but once completely cooled can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in a warm oven – 160° to 180° C (325° to 350° F/gas mark 3-4)
Notes
1. This recipe will make approximately 10 brioche using 4 inch moulds, 40 brioche using 2.5 inch moulds, or 15 brioche using a muffin tin.

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38 Comments on Mini Chocolate Stuffed Vanilla Bean Brioche À Tête

  1. Laura
    June 9, 2015 at 9:17 pm (2 years ago)

    These look amazing. I love brioche, it’s perfect for French toast, and these look so delicious. I can just image using any leftovers for bread and butter pudding!

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 11, 2015 at 9:13 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you 🙂 Mmmm, I think they’d make delicious bread and butter pudding! I’ve just put the leftovers in the freezer and have been warming them up in the oven but I may need to try something more interesting!

      Reply
  2. Honest Mum
    June 9, 2015 at 10:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow you are so accomplished lady, I’ve pinned this onto my Eat Sweet board, so perfectly stunning x

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    • hannahhossack
      June 11, 2015 at 9:14 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Vicki 🙂 x

      Reply
  3. Girl and the Kitchen
    June 10, 2015 at 4:21 pm (2 years ago)

    OMG woman! This is amaze balls!!! LOVE me some good brioche!

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    • hannahhossack
      June 11, 2015 at 9:15 am (2 years ago)

      Lol! Thank you! 🙂

      Reply
  4. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    June 11, 2015 at 11:05 am (2 years ago)

    Wow! Homemade Brioche is just the best and you have really turned it into something amazing by adding chocolate and vanilla! Thank you for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays.

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:20 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lauren 🙂 Brioche has got to be my favourite bread to make at home, sooo satisfying!

      Reply
  5. bakeplaysmile
    June 12, 2015 at 12:04 am (2 years ago)

    Yes I;m totally with you! Brioche is the BEST! When we travelled through France I ate SO much of it… gosh it was good. This looks perfect – love the yummy addition of vanilla and chocolate too! Thanks for joining our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party xx

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:23 am (2 years ago)

      I don’t think I’ve ever actually had authentic French brioche 🙁 Just homemade or the cotton wool-ey stuff from supermarkets…I’m going to have to organise a holiday to France!

      Reply
  6. Malinda (@MBPaperPackages)
    June 12, 2015 at 9:52 am (2 years ago)

    Oh yum, real brioche, nothing compares does it.
    Dropping by from Fabulous Foodie Fridays 🙂

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:25 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Malinda, it certainly doesn’t! 🙂

      Reply
  7. Helen at Casa Costello
    June 12, 2015 at 10:15 am (2 years ago)

    Stunning – you are so talented! I remember fondly my first experience of tasting brioche as a child and being blown away. Thanks so much for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek once again x

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:29 am (2 years ago)

      Aww, thank you Helen 🙂 x

      Reply
  8. GoodFoodWeek
    June 12, 2015 at 11:27 am (2 years ago)

    What a delicious recipe! I loved my time in France – now I really want to make this, it’s just finding the time for an arm workout 😉

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:30 am (2 years ago)

      Ha ha! Making brioche is definitely a workout if you don’t have a mixer…the perfect way to offset all of the butter!

      Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:30 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you! Chocolate improves everything! 🙂

      Reply
  9. CakePants
    June 12, 2015 at 2:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, these look absolutely fantastic!! I’m wishing I had one (okay, more like 3) of these right now 🙂

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:31 am (2 years ago)

      Lol! Definitely 3 🙂

      Reply
  10. coconutcraze
    June 12, 2015 at 2:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Looks beautiful! I have not tasted brioche. I guess, it is time to try some as this recipe has kindled my curiosity!

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:32 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you! You really must try it, brioche is sooo good! 🙂

      Reply
  11. Jhuls
    June 12, 2015 at 3:06 pm (2 years ago)

    These are so gorgeous, Hannah. I’ll take four, pleae? 😀 Happy FF! xx

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:32 am (2 years ago)

      Ha ha! Thanks Jhuls 🙂 x

      Reply
  12. Arl's World
    June 12, 2015 at 6:23 pm (2 years ago)

    These look and sound so delicious!

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:34 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  13. spiceinthecity
    June 12, 2015 at 7:35 pm (2 years ago)

    OMG, is there anything you cannot do 😀 These are utterly brilliant!! Thank you for bringing them to FF 🙂

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:35 am (2 years ago)

      Lol! Thank you! 🙂

      Reply
  14. Cynthia
    June 13, 2015 at 4:27 am (2 years ago)

    OH MY Goodness. THESE baby brioche look so adorable and FLUFFY. I can`t wait to try to make them for myself! They look gorgeous and thanks for bringing them to FF!

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:37 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Cynthia 🙂 I love making mini things, they are so much cuter!

      Reply
  15. Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake
    June 13, 2015 at 9:45 pm (2 years ago)

    These look so yummy! I’ve never made brioche before, I’ve been wanting to for french toast though – these little buns are too cute though

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    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:38 am (2 years ago)

      It does make amazing french toast, and bread pudding 🙂

      Reply
  16. carolinescookingblog
    June 14, 2015 at 4:22 pm (2 years ago)

    These look so pretty and the melting chocolate center looks so inviting, I could happily eat one now!

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:39 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Caroline 🙂

      Reply
  17. lucyparissi
    June 17, 2015 at 8:42 am (2 years ago)

    I have those little brioche moulds it is time I dusted them off and made some… Yours look so wonderful, fluffy and just gimme right now! Sorry, think I passed out for a second… Thanks for linking with #CookBlogShare

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      June 26, 2015 at 9:54 am (2 years ago)

      Lol! Thank you! Mine had been gathering dust – this is the first time I’d used them! Shameful… x

      Reply
  18. Mala Shenoy
    August 25, 2016 at 10:21 am (9 months ago)

    Hi,
    I made your chocolate stuffed vanilla bean brioche toady and the recipe was perfect and they just turned out fabulous!!!!! Thanks Wish I could post a pic.

    Reply
    • hannahhossack
      September 2, 2016 at 10:01 am (9 months ago)

      Hi Mala, that’s fantastic! I’m so pleased you liked them 🙂

      Reply

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