Are brioche buns vegan?
Brioche is a traditional French bread enriched with eggs and lots of butter. The result is a puffy roll with a rich and soft crumb, whose consistency is in between bread and pastry. Also, the loaf or rolls are often brushed with some eggwash to yield a dark flaky crust.
Because the classic brioche bread contains eggs and butter, it isn't suitable for those following a plant-based diet.
However, with a few simple tweakings, we turned this recipe into a healthier vegan-friendly treat for everyone to enjoy. We made this brioche buns vegan and weight-loss friendly by replacing butter and eggs with vegetable oil and soy yogurt. Each roll has half the calories and ten times fewer saturated fats, yet a super soft crumb.
Can I make brioche dough in a bread machine?
Preparing this chocolate brioche in a bread machine is ultra-convenient.
As the brioche dough is very moist and sticky, you won't be able to knead it by hand. You'll need a hand or stand mixer fitted with dough hooks instead.
But you can also let the bread machine do all the hard work you, for a zero-hassle brioche recipe. The non-stick basket and special paddle found in bread machines are absolutely perfect for kneading almost any type of dough, especially brioche dough. Just add the ingredients in, set the dough program, and relax.
The bread machine can take care of the proving part too, just follow the manufacturer instructions. As soon as the first proving is done, shape the chocolate rolls following our recipe above.
How to make brioche rolls without eggs?
Eggs are a staple ingredient in the classic French brioche recipe. They are used both in the batter and the egg wash to give richness and texture to this sweet bread.
If you have an egg allergy or follow a vegan diet, you can still prepare these fluffy rolls without eggs.
In our recipe, we replaced eggs with soy yogurt. You can use any plant-based yogurt, like coconut or almond milk varieties - just make sure it's unsweetened to avoid unnecessary sugars.
Yogurt is an excellent egg replacement as it adds moisture, flavour, and has satisfactory binding properties. In the French brioche recipe, eggs aren't used to help with the leavening process as the yeast takes care of that. Therefore, you can safely replace them with yogurt without affecting the overall consistency of your buns.
How do you make brioche dough dairy-free?
Brioche dough has a high butter content, about 200g (7 oz) for every 500g (1.1 lbs) of flour. Using butter yields a rich, soft and flaky crumb, and crispy crust. It also adds a slightly sweet flavour to the dough.
Although incredibly delicious, brioche bread isn't very healthy due to its high-fat content and certainly not suitable for those on a vegan diet or with lactose intolerance.
In our recipe, we reduced the total amount of fats and swapped butter with vegetable oil. Using oil instead of butter gives a less flaky, but lovely moist crumb. And the best part is that you'll get half the fats and ten times fewer saturated fats in each roll. It's so worth it!