Soft and Buttery Gluten Free Brioche

Pillowy soft and buttery, this gluten free brioche is all you’ve ever dreamed of from a gluten free bread and more!!

gluten free brioche loaf with a few slices cut on a wooden cutting board

I never stop. Seriously. I never stop fiddling with things. Sometimes that’s a bad thing, but sometimes it can be really, really good. And today it’s really, REALLY good!

I have several recipes that make really soft and light loaves of bread. But lately I’ve been obsessed with trying to make something like the loaves and rolls that I often buy for my son from Aldi. They’re brioche hot dog and hamburger buns, as well as brioche loaves, and when you pick them up it’s like you’re picking up nothing. They are SO light and ethereal and soft. Of course I’ve never tasted them, but Brandon tells me all the time how wonderful they are.

You should be happy that I rarely leave well enough alone because some of my best recipes are created from not leaving well enough alone. I strive for perfection in my baking, and if I can ever make something better than it was before, I’ll never give up until that happens. With all that in mind, this amazing gluten free brioche bread was born!

cut open view of gf brioche loaf

What is in Gluten Free Brioche?

So here’s the deal. There is 1 whole egg and 6, yes 6! egg yolks in this dough. And a half cup of sugar. And six tablespoons of butter. Let’s just get that out of the way. I know many of you are clicking out of here right now. But for those who stuck around, I appreciate your faith in me. After all, we’re making the best of the best, the richest, the bread behind the saying “Let Them Eat Cake.” We’re making brioche, people, not health food!

I know many people out there eat gluten free because they think they’re being healthier. And maybe they are. Who am I to say? I’m not a nutritionist. But if that’s what you’re after when you visit my site, I’m so sorry to disappoint you but none of my recipes are made to be healthier. Not saying that some of them aren’t healthy. But they are ALL made as a way of being able to feel normal and have the things we, who were told we can’t eat gluten, can no longer have. These recipes are not necessarily for those who choose to eat gluten free for a healthier lifestyle.

In addition to all the eggs/egg yolks, sugar, and butter, there’s also the usual suspects–my gluten free bread flour blend, yeast, psyllium husks, salt, baking powder, and milk.

How to Make GF Brioche

  • The dough begins in a stand mixer, BUT I’ve heard from some of my readers who have made many of my doughs in a large bowl with a handheld mixer with success! If yours has dough hook attachments, use them.
  • After mixing, cover the dough and refrigerate it for at least 6 hours or up to 3 days. We’re opting for a cold bulk fermentation instead of the usual method of letting it rise in a warm area until doubled in size. It will still double in size, but this time it’ll do it in the fridge. Do not skip the fridge step because you’ll have a mess on your hands.
  • Remove from the fridge and knead on a well-floured surface. It will be sticky. Shape it into a loaf shape and place it in a well-greased 8 by 4-inch loaf pan and cover it loosely with plastic wrap.
  • Allow it to rise until it rises above the pan. This can take anywhere from a half an hour to 2 hours or more. Be patient.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the brioche for 30-35 minutes. A knife inserted all the way through to the bottom of the bread will come out clean or nearly clean. This is a better test than the temperature test for this loaf. It will also be very light in weight relative to its size.
  • Remove it from the oven and brush it with melted butter. Allow the loaf to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then carefully remove the loaf from the pan to finish cooling on a wire rack.
risen loaf of brioche dough

Gluten Free Brioche FAQs

Can the Eggs be Substituted?

In a word, no. The egg, and especially the egg yolks, are what make this bread so light and fluffy. Without them, I don’t think you’ll get the texture that I was after and achieved in this bread. Egg yolks also offer extra fat in this bread, but in addition they allow for a more tender and even texture.

How About Other Substitutions?

I often get asked about substitutions, within my bread flour blend itself OR within my recipes. And I get it. Some people can’t have eggs, or dairy, or nightshades, etc. And I feel tremendously for those people and try to help when I can. But my wheelhouse is solely gluten free, and I’m definitely no expert in any other allergen.

That being said, I think you could substitute the milk in this recipe with a non-dairy milk and the butter with a non-dairy butter. I also think an oil, such as vegetable, canola, or even coconut, would work well, but the amounts may need to be adjusted. You’ll need to experiment.

How Long Will Brioche Stay Soft?

The crazy good part about this bread is that it will stay soft for DAYS!!!! Even over a week, if wrapped well! I know. I couldn’t believe it either. But it’s true. I thought I found the holy grail of gluten free breads when I made my best ever gluten free white sandwich bread. It is a great loaf of bread and not to be dismissed. However, this is a whole different type of bread. I mean, brioche. Need I say more?

hot dog and hamburger brioche buns

This soft and buttery gluten free brioche bread is a total game changer in the gluten free world! I can’t wait for y’all to try it and let me know what you think!!

gluten free brioche loaf with a few slices cut on a wooden cutting board

Soft and Buttery Gluten Free Brioche

Pillowy soft and buttery, this gluten free brioche is all you've ever dreamed of from a gluten free bread and more!!
Print Recipe
Coursebread
CuisineFrench
Keywordbread, brioche, Gluten Free
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Proofing and Chilling Times8 hours
Total Time8 hours 50 minutes
Servings1 8 by 4-inch loaf
AuthorKim

Ingredients

  • cups (245 g) Kim's gluten free bread flour blend
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp plus ¾ tsp (12 g) instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp (5 g) whole psyllium husks (or 1½ tsp psyllium husk powder)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 6 tbsp (85 g) salted butter, very soft or melted
  • 1 cup (240 ml) whole milk, warmed to between 100-110° F
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 6 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg mixed with 1 tbsp water and a pinch of salt for egg wash
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted, for brushing

Instructions

  • Mix the warm milk with 1 tsp of the granulated sugar and the yeast. Set aside to allow the yeast to bloom, about 5 minutes. It should be bubbly and have doubled in volume.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, weigh the flour blend, sugar, baking powder, psyllium husks, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the softened or melted butter and mix on low using the dough hook or the beater blade. Add the egg and egg yolks, followed by the yeast/milk mixture. If using the dough hook, slowly add the liquid. Knead/mix on medium high for about 5 minutes. Dough will be wet and sticky and stretchy, which is completely normal.
  • Scrape the dough into the middle of the bowl (or into another bowl) and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight (or up to 3 days).
  • On baking day, remove the dough from the fridge and knead it on a well-floured surface until smooth. Use plenty of extra flour as it will be very sticky. You can also place it in the freezer for 10 minutes to make it easier to work with if it's hot in your kitchen. Shape it into a loaf shape that will fit an 8½ by 4½ inch pan. Place it into a well-greased loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap loosely (tucked in around the edges) and allow it to rise until doubled in size and cresting above the top of the pan by about one inch. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on your proofing area.
  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Brush the top of the dough with egg wash gently. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a knife inserted all the way into the bread to the bottom comes out clean to nearly clean. You can also tell if it's done by feel. If the loaf feels relatively light for its size (picking up with pot holders in the pan), it's done.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and immediately brush with melted butter. Place the loaf (in the pan) on a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes. Remove it from the pan and continue cooling until warm or room temperature before cutting.
  • This bread will keep, well wrapped, at room temperature for up to a week. For any longer storage, freeze whole or cut into slices.

Notes

*Please do not make substitutions for my bread flour blend.  You will not get the same results.  
**Buns and rolls can be made with this dough, such as hot dog and hamburger buns.  Please see my YouTube video for how to portion them out and shape them.  


24 thoughts on “Soft and Buttery Gluten Free Brioche”

  • I can not wait to try this recipe. I am already giving it a 5 star as your recipes do not disappoint. My DIL has celiacs and I feel awful when we have brioche rolls and she can’t have them. Thanks for always creating GF recipes

  • Omg! This bread is incredible. My kids actually said mom it BENDS and it’s SQUISHY!!! They thought the bright yellow was really fun too!!

    • Awe, yay!!!!!! You’re the first person who has tried the bread and gave me feedback! I’m so glad you all liked it 😍😍😍

  • I made this today. It’s very tasty! The top of my loaf got very dark too soon. Do you know why that would be? I covered it for the last few minutes and will check it earlier next time. Also- how long should I knead the dough and what is the purpose of kneading when there’s no gluten I’m not an experienced bread maker, so my technique needs work. I’m looking forward to making burger and lobster rolls with this. Thanks for another winner! Now I just need to become a better baker.

    • It could just be different ovens react differently, but I would do as you did before but cover it a little earlier.

      The only reason for kneading is to remove the air pockets and smooth out the dough. If you didn’t knead it, it would likely have lots of very large holes throughout the finished loaf. So I only knead it until it’s fairly smooth, which takes just a couple of minutes (2-3). You really can’t over knead it because you won’t be over developing any gluten of course.

      Thanks, Helen 😍

  • Hi, Kim, just wondering if I make hamburger buns with this brioche recipe, do I bake it at the same temperature and the same amount of time? And can I half this recipe?

    • Yes, you would bake at the same temperature but for only 20-25 minutes, or until they’re well risen, golden brown, and if you pick them up they’ll feel very light 🙂

      • Thanks! I made them and baked them for about 20 minutes. They were delicious and a hit! The only thing was that they were bigger and flatter than regular hamburger buns. During the second rise, they didn’t really hold their “bun” shape. But, we used them anyway for hamburger buns and we all loved them. Thanks for all your help and great recipes! We couldn’t be happily gluten free without you. =)

        • Hmmm. It’s possible they were either under proofed or over proofed, but I’m glad they at least served their purpose! I appreciate your kind words 😍

  • Now that you mention it, they were probably over proofed. I’ll try again with less proofing time. Thanks!

  • Hi, I only have 2% and heavy whipping cream on hand. Is it possible to sub with one of those or does it have to be whole milk?

  • Hi, I would love to try this recipe. Just I have a question, regarding the extra flour for kneading the dough. How much did you use, roughly? So I’ll have a reference point. Thank you.

      • Hello again, I made the bread. Flavor delicious but I had some trouble when I baked the bread. It raised a lot when baking and when it was cooling in the wire rack it deflated a bit on the sides and bottom. When I sliced it, the corners plus 2nd and 3rd slices were lovely, but then all the crust was floating and the bottom was dense all the way until the other end of the loaf. What do you think I did wrong?

      • Sorry, I forgot another detail. That extra flour for kneading is plain GF Flour, rice flour or it is the same Kim’s gluten-free bread flour blend? Thanks

        • You could probably use rice flour, but I always just use some of my bread flour that I have already made up. It sounds like you didn’t bake it long enough. Did you do the knife test?

          • No, I didn’t I forgot, also was afraid to deflate it. But the bread was in the oven for 45min at 190C fan assisted. Do you think it could be that I under-proofed it?

          • That is possible, too. When you bake it again, make sure to do the knife test. If it comes out clean, it’s done. If not, put it back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes and check again.

  • I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but plan to use it to make hamburger and hot dog buns. Is it possible to sub the psyllium husks? Hubby is allergic to psyllium, flax and chia seeds. I could use xanthan gum, cornstarch or almond flour. What do you think? Thanks!

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