15 Super Substitutes For Brioche Bread


When you think of brioche, you might think of a rich, eggy bread that’s perfect for French toast or sandwiches.

But what if you’re gluten-free, or trying to avoid refined flour?

There are plenty of substitutes for brioche bread that will still give you the same delicious flavor and texture.

Here are a few of our favorites:

15 Substitutes For Brioche Bread

Here are my top picks for substituting Brioche Bread. 

1. Croissants

An egg-free alternative

Croissants are yet another popular buttery substitute for Brioche bread with their distinctly sweet aroma and pleasant crunch that has no competition.

However, it is important to remember the lack of eggs in the dough gives croissants a different and airy texture.

They also have a shape different from any regular bread.

How to substitute

Since Croissants are comparatively smaller in size, five of them can sufficiently substitute a whole loaf of Brioche bread.

Try these Omelet breakfast Croissants.

2. Challah

Challah is another type of egg-based soft bread and a subtle sweetness that makes it the perfect substitute for Brioche bread.

It can be used for bread pudding and French toast.

Do remember that although a great match, traditionally made Challah does not include dairy and is therefore not as rich as Brioche bread and is quite chewy yet soft.

How to substitute

Challah and Brioche bread can efficiently be replaced for each other in any dish, sweet and savory.

Here’s how the best braided Challah is made and baked.

3. Hawaiian Sweet Bread

Hawaiian sweet bread, also known as Portuguese sweet bread, is another flavorful, sweet, and airy light bread variation popular in many Western cuisines.

Do bear in mind that Hawaiian bread is often much sweeter and softer than Brioche and also has additional flavors like pineapple juice, brown sugar, or lemon peel. 

How to substitute

Hawaiian or Portuguese sweet bread has a similar appearance and weight as Brioche and can be substituted in a 1:1 proportion.

Delicious sliders with Hawaiian sweet bread.

4. Simple Bread 

Simple regular bread loaves are the most easily available alternative to Brioche bread when in need. Freshly baked Simple bread is equally soft and can be used as an effective swap.

A small caution: Simple bread contains neither eggs nor the buttery richness that Brioche bread is known for, and is far less nutrient than other substitutes.

How to substitute

Simple bread tends to have a slightly heavier texture, and thus, a lesser quantity can substitute Brioche bread well.

Simple Egg toast with Simple bread.

5. Pullman Loaf

Pullman loaf is also known as Pain de Mie, which is a light, sweet, and fine-grained French bread that can substitute Brioche bread for dishes like Melba toast croutons. 

Do note the difference in shape in Brioche and Pullman loaf bread.

The former has a twisted shape, while the latter has a rectangular shape and a sweeter taste.

How to substitute

Pullman loaf and Brioche bread can be substituted for each other in a 1:1 proportion in any dish.

Here’s how soft Pullman loaf is made.

6. French Bread

French bread, or the well-known Baguette, is another crunchy and airy replacement for Brioche bread with a delicious golden crust and can be soaked well in dairy.

Do remember that French bread has a chewier and harder texture than Brioche bread but can still be used in time of need.

How to substitute

French bread and Brioche bread can be substituted for equal quantities of each other for most recipes.

Try these delicious dishes with French Baguette.

7. Stale Bread 

Stale bread can always be used to replace Brioche bread by simply adding butter, cinnamon, or syrup to give it the same soft texture as Brioche bread. 

It is important to note that stale bread is not as creamy as fresh brioche bread and may not soak as much custard, resulting in it falling apart as the latter could. 

How to substitute

A slightly more quantity of Stale bread is required to substitute the same amount of Brioche bread.

Make Stale bread tasty with these recipes.

8. Japanese Sweet Bread: Shokupan

Shokupan is milk-based Japanese sweet bread that can very well substitute for Brioche bread as they share soft bouncy properties.

Unlike Brioche, Shokupan is prepared using the traditional Yundane method.

The thing to keep in mind when substituting Shokupan for Brioche is their difference in texture.

Shokupan is made moist for longer shelf life, while Brioche is made richer for taste. 

How to substitute

Japanese sweet bread can be substituted for equal quantities of Brioche bread for most dishes.

Try the Japanese soft sweet bread: Shokupan.

9. Kugelhopf

Kugelhopf, also spelled as gugelhuph is an unusual yet equally way to substitute Brioche bread.

Kugelhopf is a yeast-based European cake, which gives it the appearance and texture of bread. 

Do note that traditionally made Kugelhopf has additional almonds, raisins, and kirschwasser which make it different from the regular Brioche bread. 

How to substitute

The texture of both French brioche and Kugelhopf are similar to one another and can be used to equally replace each other.

Try this luscious blueberry Kugelhopf.

10. Ciabatta

Ciabatta or Ciabatta rolls are often used in the making of French toast, burgers, churro sticks, and sandwiches and can seamlessly substitute Brioche bread in any such dishes. 

Do keep in mind that Ciabatta tends to normally be tasteless and not very sweet and must also be fresh to be able to accurately replace Brioche bread. 

How to substitute

An equal or slightly bigger slice of Ciabatta can efficiently substitute Brioche bread for tasty and savory recipes.

Cheesy Ciabatta pizza.

11. Savarin

Savarin is a kind of bread baked in a large ring mold resulting in the bread being soft, crisp, and rich loaf, much like Brioche bread itself. 

However, when substituting Savarin for Brioche, do keep in mind that it is not as readily available and has a roasted aroma that Brioche does not have.

How to substitute

Both Savarin and Brioche have the same density and can be substituted for in a 1:1 proportion.

Strawberry cream Savarin.

12. Panettone

Panettone, like Kugelhopf, is cake-like sweet bread native to Italy that can well be used to substitute Brioche for French toast, croutons, and desserts like truffle. 

A small caution: Panettone is known for its numerous flavors like orange or raisin, but when used to replace Brioche, a plain one should be chosen for better results.

How to substitute

Since Panettone is much sweeter than Brioche, a lightly lesser amount should be used to replace the latter for most recipes.

Try this Panettone French toast.

13. Pia Bao

Pia Bao is the highly acclaimed Hong Kong bread or bun. It is baked in several parts of Asia and is known for its milky, buttery, and soft texture that imitates the properties of Brioche.

Do note that Pia Bao is often hard to find outside of Asia and is not as sweet as traditional Brioche is.

How to substitute

Pia Bao can be substituted for Brioche in a 1:1 proportion for hotdogs and even burgers.

Delicious steamed and stuffed Pia Bao.

14. Potato Rolls

Potato rolls or potato buns are much loved and widespread in much of the United States for their crisp, airy, and light and can replace Brioche as individual buns.

Remember the difference in shape when using Potato buns instead of Brioche.

The former also has a thicker texture compared to Brioche bread.

How to substitute

When substituting Potato buns for Brioche, five or more of them can sufficiently replace a whole Brioche loaf. 

Soft Potato buns.

15. Homemade Brioche Bread

The easiest way to substitute bakery-made Brioche bread is by baking it at home with the simple ingredients of all-purpose flour, dry yeast, milk, eggs, sugar, salt, and melted butter. 

It is important to remember to let the dough rest till it has doubled in size to get the desired soft spongy texture. The unbaked dough should be buttery and slippery with egg wash. 

How to substitute

Bakery-bought Brioche is not much different from homemade brioche bread and can safely be substituted equally.

Here’s an easy way to make homemade Brioche bread.


What Is The Best Substitute For Brioche Bread For French Toast?

The best-known bread for French toast is inevitably Brioche bread. But in the absence of Brioche, Challah, and Stale bread are the next best options for their rich buttery taste and light texture. 

Be careful to not soak Challah and Stale bread in custard for too long as they become soggy very easily.

What Is The Difference Between Brioche Bread And Regular Bread?

Although both Brioche bread and regular bread use the same ingredients of all-purpose flour, yeast, butter, and eggs, they are pretty much different from each other in taste, texture, and uses.

The difference is that Brioche requires a lot more butter and eggs to attain a soft and airy interior unlike the dense interior of regular bread.

Are Hawaiian Rolls The Same As Brioche Bread?

No, there are distinct differences between Hawaiian rolls and Brioche bread. The latter requires a large amount of butter and eggs to attain the soft and light interior structure that Brioche is known for.

Hawaiian rolls on the other hand are sweeter, denser, and contain lesser fat as compared to Brioche bread.

How To Make Homemade Brioche Bread?

Baking Brioche bread at home is a simple process with just the essential ingredients of all-purpose flour, eggs, melted butter, dry yeast, lukewarm milk, sugar, and kosher salt to taste. 

The resulting dough will be a buttery and slippery one that must be rested till it doubles in size, and baked at 200 degrees for 30 minutes in a pre-heated oven.

Bottom Line

I hope this article was helpful in showing some substitutes for brioche bread.

If you have used any of these substitutes before, let us know how it went in the comments below.

And if you have any other substitutes to add, please share them with us as well.

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About Linda Walker

Linda loves anything creative, whether it be arts and crafts or cooking for her friends and family. She loves nothing more than a good netflix binge, especially thriller ones. She's a bit of a night owl, and is usually up until the early hours of the morning working on her craft projects. She lives with six pets who are all her furry children.

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