Custard Brioche Recipe

This recipe was a recent accident happened upon by my husband and myself. While attempting to make another dish entirely I merrily added all the wrong things, in all the wrong order and ended up in a complete muddle. I had created a sweet dough, although I wasn’t sure what to do with it. My husband being the resourceful type immediately grabbed for a can of powdered custard and created this wonderful dessert. It has since made appearances at parties, work functions and has become a fast favourite. In this instance it was a most fortunate mistake.

What You’ll Need

300ml/ 10 fl oz Milk

600g/ 1lb 5oz Plain Flour

75g/ 3oz Unsalted Butter

1 Tsp Salt

2 Tbsp Caster Sugar

1 Large Egg

1 dried yeast packet (7g)


Icing Sugar

Hot Water

Step 1

In a pan heat the milk and butter together until the butter has melted. Leave to cool slightly. In a large bowl mix together 500g of the flour with the salt and sugar. Beat the egg into the milk and butter mixture.

Step 2

Mix the yeast into the flour mixture. Slowly start to pour the milk mixture in to combine. Once combined, slowly add the remaining 100g of flour to make a dough. We knead our dough in a stand mixture for around 4-5 mins, you can also knead by hand but it will take a few minutes longer. Return the dough to a mixing bowl, cover and leave to rise in a warm place for an hour.

Step 3

While the dough is rising make up a quantity of custard (the exact amount is down to personal preference). Leave to cool slightly

Remove the now risen dough and place onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out to make a long rectangle. Spread the custard across the dough. Slowly roll up the dough (like you would a Swiss Roll). With a sharp knife slice the dough into little rolls. Arrange the rolls in a prepared tin, cover and leave to rise in a warm place for an hour.

Step 4

Place into a preheated oven 180C/ 350F/ Gas Mark 4 for 20-25 mins. Once cooked leave to cool. Mix up some simple icing using icing sugar and hot water. Trickle across the cooled brioche. Now all you need to do is cut a slice and enjoy!