Maple Pecan Brioches

Breakfast and Brunch / Pastries

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22 portions
Metric Imperial


  • 2 tbsp dry yeast
  • 1/8 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (preferably dark syrup for its robust flavour)
  • 4 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cup cold butter, in cubes
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 7/8 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup maple sugar
  • 1 tsp fine salt
  • 2 3/4 cups pecan pieces
  • 1 egg (for egg wash)
  • 1 tbsp milk (for egg wash)


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water and maple syrup. Leave for 5 minutes (or until the yeast doubles in volume).
  2. In a food processor, blend the flour and cold butter for a few minutes, until it’s of a sandy texture.
  3. Empty these contents into a large bowl and add the yeast, the three eggs, and the milk. Mix by hand for a few minutes.
  4. Add the maple sugar and salt, mixing until the dough is smooth and comes away from the bowl.
  5. Add the pecans and mix these in by hand.
  6. Fold the dough over itself several times.
  7. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside to double in volume at room temperature (1 – 2 hours).
  8. Now put it in the fridge for a few hours (or overnight).
  9. Lightly flour a work surface and divide the brioche dough into 22 parts, shaping them into balls.
  10. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the brioches on it.
  11. Combine the egg and milk and brush the brioches with the mixture.
  12. Let the brioches rise in a warm room at 25° C (77° F) for 1 – 2 hours.
  13. Put the oven rack above centre position and preheat to 180° C (350° F).
  14. Once the brioches have doubled in volume, bake 20 – 25 minutes until nicely coloured, being careful not the let the bottoms burn. If necessary, double the baking sheet with another.
  15. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

RESTING TIME: 2 – 4 hours

REFRIGERATION TIME: A few hours or overnight

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

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More about Maple

Maple syrup comes in four classifications, according to colour and taste.

At the start of sugaring season, syrup is generally clear, with a lightly sweet taste. It becomes darker and caramelized as the season goes on.

An unopened can of maple syrup keeps for many years.

Once the can is opened, syrup should be kept in an airtight container in a cool place.

100% pure maple butter contains no butter or dairy.

Like all 100% pure maple products, maple butter comes from the sap of the maple tree… and that’s all.