I cannot tell a lie. I was very nervous about how this bread would turn out. First, because I’d never made a braided brioche, and here I am attempting my own eggless version. With olive oil. And a chocolate swirl. So many things could have gone wrong! But oh man – nothing did. This bread is rich and fluffy like a brioche should be, and the chocolate swirl is the perfect compliment to the not too sweet loaf. Gahhhh. So good.
Since I have fallen of my running / fitness plan for the last 10 days – and I have a Tough Mudder coming up in October – my timing on making this decadent but delicious treat isn’t great. (I’m going to start running again tomorrow, I promise!!!) My secret weapon? I’m planning on sharing some with my coworkers and friends. It make a great breakfast with some coffee or a nice after lunch snack. I will say though – the Lavender Blackberry Butter I made last week to pair with this? It’s too rich with it. This is definitely a stand alone bread!!
And now that the weather is about to turn colder, it is the perfect time to fire up the oven, proof some dough and lick the chocolate off the spatula! (I tested that last part several times just for you!)
I have to say I really have loved this summer, in case you couldn’t tell. And I’m not really the biggest fan of the fall. Less daylight, colder weather but no skiing, and all that football – I don’t get it. One thing I do like? All the baking I get to do. It just get’s too hot here in NY sometimes to turn on the oven, which is kind of a bummer for a gal who likes to bake! I foresee other loaves in the future!
If you aren’t in the mood to braid this bread (and trust me – it doesn’t have to come out perfectly. It all looks good after baking) you can definitely just put the rolled brioche dough in the oven and it will pop up just fine! I also think adding some chopped and toasted walnuts or pecans to this could be SUPER yummy. I just didn’t want to go overboard on my first try.!
If you aren’t vegan, egg free, or just not into flax meal, you can substitute the 3 flax eggs for 3 real eggs, and the recipe should turn out just the same! Even if you are a dairy lover though, I recommend keeping in the olive oil. It’s just so perfect with the chocolate. Ummmm – Excuse me as I go heat up a slice!
There is still some summer left! I plan on filling it with beach time, and maybe a quick getaway – so if you want want to stay up to date on my summer travels, wedding planning, adventures in cooking and food, food food!, you should follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram andPinterest! You’ll never miss a recipe, and you can share with me your food obsessions and summer fun!