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No Knead Brioche (with M&M Peanuts)

Woohoo! It's about time! I'm back online again with my spanking new hand-me down laptop (Pierre's new toy finally arrived). I was slowly withering away in withdrawal syndrome of not being able to write new entry on my blog and keeping in touch with my readers and friends for a month. However something good did come out of this, like Little One getting 110% of mommy's attention and the house too (yes, the dreaded housework got done faster). Being without a computer for a month taught me quite a few things but I'm not going to bore you with this right now (later, I promise). Ah... lots of news and recipes to share with all of you.

Before we dive into my new recipe, I want to draw your attention to some NEW features on the Blog (courtesy of Pierre's programming talents):

  • Print button (bottom right) - to print your recipe easily
  • Translate button (bottom right) - different languages like French or Italian etc. I have checked the French translation and it was pretty good, even the measurement units get translated.
  • Picture of each dish when you do a search by main ingredient or cuisine

And the following recipes to look forward to:

Now just before my infamous laptop failed me, I joined a food blogger book club This Book Makes Me Cook - besides reading the nominated book of the month (of course), we also make a book inspired dish as the club is aptly named. I'm very late at this but hey, better late than never! Anyway, April book review was Can you keep a secret by Sophie Kinsella - a light hearted and humorous chick book with kind of predictable scenarios (sometimes a bit over-the-top) but a good read all the same. I enjoyed it thoroughly, even laughed out loud many times at some hilarious situations. The story begins with the heroine, Emma Corrigan, who is aviophobia (fear of flying) babbling out all her secrets to a total stranger seated next to her on flight during a very bad air turbulence, thinking the plane was going to crash. Unfortunately for her, that stranger unexpectedly become a permanent fixture in her life.

There was a company family picnic day scene in this book that inspired me to make this no-knead brioche. I figured that if it works on bread, no reason why I can't make a brioche the same way? Et voilà! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3. From now on, I don't have to knead my brioche anymore - makes my life a lot simpler (pssst... because I suck at kneading big time). Just stir everything in, let it rise, punch it down and let it rise over-night covered in the fridge or a very cool place. Bake it the next morning and you have a lovely delicious breakfast.

No Knead Brioche (with M&M Peanuts)
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 11 g dried yeast
  • 60 ml milk or buttermilk (lukewarm)
  • 300 g plain flour
  • 45 g sugar
  • 3 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 125 g salted butter (melted, cooled)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • a few handful of peanut M&M's
No Knead Brioche
  1. In a big bowl, mix 1 tbsp plain flour with dried yeast and stir in lukewarm milk making sure it is well mixed. Leave it for 15 minutes.
  2. Mix the rest of plain flour and sugar together. Pour it on top of the yeast mixture.
  3. Make a well in the centre, pour in lightly beaten eggs, cooled melted butter and vanilla essence.
  4. Stir until everything is well incorporated.
  5. Let it rise on the table for about 2 hours or until it doubles in volume.
  6. Lightly punch it down and pull/fold the outer edge of the dough to centre.
  7. Cover it with a plastic film and let it proof in the refrigerator or a very cool place overnight.
  8. Lightly flour your work surface, turn the dough out and lightly dust it with flour. Roll it out into a big rectangle.
  9. Sprinkle M&Ms all over the surface.
  10. Roll in from the longest side like a swiss roll. Cut it into 6 or 8 even slices and arrange them loosely in the prepared round baking pan lined with baking paper.
  11. Melt butter and sugar together in a small bowl. Brush this mixture on top of the brioche and let it rise for 1 hour.
  12. Bake it in preheated oven at 160°C (325°F - gas mark 3) for 40 minutes.
  13. Coat the top with some melted buttery sugary mixture again and let it cool.
  14. Serve it with a cup of tea or coffee. Savour it.
No Knead Brioche
The Verdict

It really tastes as good as the kneaded brioche. Pierre suggested using M&M's instead of the traditional pralines: OK, so it looks like a clown that has been thrown into a carwash, but it actually taste great and the peanuts still give the same crunchy sensation as the pralines


If you are living in cool climate country like me, I let my dough rise overnight outside on my window sill in spring or autumn but the coolest part of the house during winter.

I'm sending this No Knead Brioche recipe to YeastSpotting!.

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#1, by Sarka (05/05/2010)

Yay! Welcome back Pam, we all missed you! And what a triumphal comeback with all the new features and such a genius recipe! I love brioche but kneading is an issue. This totally made my day! From now on I can enjoy brioche more often.:-) Thank you!
PS: I read the book you mentioned here and it's very funny and easy reading! Actually I read all books from Sophie Kinsella.:-)

#2, by lisaiscooking (05/05/2010)

This bread would be so good for breakfast right now! Welcome back to blogging!

#3, by Jamie (05/05/2010)

Oh lordy Pam that looks like brioche to kill! Wowee how did you come up with the idea of adding peanut M & M's to your wonderful no-knead brioche? I am amazed and I so want to taste this!

#4, by Aparna (05/05/2010)

Looks so colourful, Pam. Think it's got to be a winner on every count. Its no knead, its bread and the chocolate in it!:-)

And congrats on being on the net again. LOL

#5, by Siti (05/06/2010)

Woohooo!!! Miss u Pam!! Hey u genius chef.. I nvr known what Brioche is but it definitely looks beautiful w colourful m & m .. N so making my kids Love breakfast!! Am gonna try !

#6, by Simran (05/06/2010)

That's a unique brioche you've come up with.

Welcome to the book club, and congrats on your new computer!

#7, by RJ Flamingo (05/06/2010)

OMG! Totally bookmarking this! I've never seen anything like it!

#8, by deeba (05/06/2010)

Throw me into the carwash with the clown, if this is what we get in the end. Novel & delicious! Good idea from Pierre!! Good to know you are back with a colourful bang, and do ask Pierre if he would extend his programming assistance to some technically challenged peeps!
I like Simran's book club! Love to join but can't cope with it!
Big hugs... now off to answer the question at the bottom! xo

#9, by diva (05/06/2010)

ok this brioche rocks! better than the usual choc chip brioche u can find in supermarkets. lovely! and welcome back Pam xx

#10, by Sarah, Maison Cupcake (05/06/2010)

They look fantastic! I'm so glad to see you back, I've missed you!

#11, by tigerfish (05/07/2010)

Oh, look at all those colorful M&M..they are doing good to the brioche. Looking forward to your upcoming recipes too:-)

#12, by girlichef (05/07/2010)

How adorable!! What a fun bread...I want to try making some right now:-D

#13, by Jayasri (05/07/2010)

Hi, pam, first time in your blog!!, you have a lovely blog, to tell you the truth I have not gone into it still and browse recipes!!, but this colourful no knead bread is very attractive, I am also one in your book club buddies, do visit my blog when you have time, congrats on coming back, I would like to try this sometime my kids would love it!! nice to meet you....

#14, by katie (05/08/2010)

That is taking pan au chocolat to a whole new level! I love it! And I love the way the colors 'bled'.....

#15, by Shellyfish (05/08/2010)

M&M brioche? Now *that* is what I call fusion food! I've just been making my first "no knead" doughs and love them!

#16, by The Cooking Ninja (05/10/2010)

@Sarka: Thank you Sari. I tried lots of time to make knead bread but it always comes out dense.:-( I have read the latest Sophie Kinsella's book 'The Twenties Girl' - funny and light hearted.

@lisaiscooking: Thanks. Yes fantastic for breakfast, tea time, in between hunger.:-)

@Jamie: Hub has been asking me to do a MMs brioche. LOL!

@Aparna: Thanks. It's an instant hit with poppet and of course hub.

@Siti: Thank u. Let me know how yours turn out?:-)

@Simran: I'm very happy to join the book club.:-)

@RJ Flamingo: Let me know how yours turned out. Glad u like it.

@Deeba: I'm glad to be back on the net. Give me a shout if you have any technical problems and I'll check if pierre can help.

@Diva: Thank u. Yes I have yet to see an MMs brioche at the bakery.

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake: I miss all of you too. But my internet time is limited to when poppet goes to school. No internet when she's home.

@tigerfish: I'm going to blog the rest soon. Hope you'll like it.

@girlichef: I had fun making this brioche. Makes me want to try out other stuff.

@Jayasri: Thank you. You have a lovely blog too. Your kids will be so tickled pink when they see their favourite MMs in a bread.

@katie: oh yes, I realised they 'bled' plenty quick when I knead them in. They turned out looking pretty good still.

@Shellyfish: I make no knead bread on alternative days depending on how fast we finish the bread. I love this no knead trick.

#17, by pigpigscorner (05/10/2010)

Oh man, I don't think I can live without my comp for a month!! Great idea adding m & m, so colourful!

#18, by Ching (05/11/2010)

Oh, how cute! Love the colors displayed in this bread. A fun bread.

#19, by Anita (05/13/2010)

That's new:-) I've never seen mm's of any sort in bread - hehehe I like the colours though.

#20, by Lisa (05/16/2010)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of M&M's in a brioche. It's like a Pain Au Chocolate with candy coated shells, It's beautiful! My nephew would adore this so it's a must bookmark:-)

#21, by Janet @ Gourmet Traveller 88 (05/20/2010)

I love Sophie Kinsella, I have read all her books except her latest one. They make me laugh so much. Your no knead brioche sounds great : )

#22, by Jeanne @ CookSister! (05/21/2010)

a clown in a carwash!! You crack me up:-) But I am LOVING the idea of a no-knead briche recipe! Will have to try this...

#23, by The Cooking Ninja (06/12/2010)

@pigpigscorner: It was quite an experience. LOL! The combination of m&ms is so good.

@ching: Thanks. It was fun to make and poppet loves it.

@Lisa: Yes it does. Trust me, your nephew will adore it. Let me know how it turns out when you make this.

@Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88: I like her latest one 'The Twenties Girl'.

@Jeanne @CookSister!: That's what came to my hub's mind when he first saw the brioche and it was his idea to put M&Ms in the brioche. LOL Let me know how yours turned out.