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Passion Chocolate Brioche by Greg Mindel

September 17, 2018
Passion Chocolate Brioche by Greg Mindel
Passion chocolate icing, tamarind marzipan and chocolate brioche

In June, L’École Valrhona Brooklyn once again hosted the popular course “Tastes and Variations on Viennoiseire” by Greg Mindel.

The students, among other things, learned hands on lamination and lamination with a sheeter, practiced a variety of molding techniques and production methods to create artistic and delicious breakfast cakes, and obtained a better understanding of doughs and how to use them efficiently in the kitchen.

The owner of Neighbor Bakehouse shared his vision of modern viennoiseire, focusing on the techniques and cross-utilization of a few base doughs. For this, he made some of the star products of his establishment, such as this Passion Chocolate Brioche. Beauty in the presentation, power in the flavor, precision in the kneading techniques, the chef prepared this and other specialties with maximum vigor.

Passion chocolate icing

  • 300 g Passion Fruit Inspiration
  • 280 g heavy cream
  • 50 g confectioner’s sugar
  • 300 g cream cheese
  • 150 g unsalted butter

Sift confectioner’s sugar.
Melt Passion Fruit Inspiration.
Warm cream, and make a ganche with Passion Fruit Inspiration.
Place into robocoupe all ingredients. Blend until smooth. Place into cooler.
Remove from cooler 4-6 hours before using.

Tamarind Marzipan

  • 500 g Valrhona Almond Paste
  • 130 g tamarind paste

Robocoupe together.

Chocolate Brioche

Butter Ganache

  • 150 g european butter
  • 190 g P125 Coeur De Guanaja

Prep ganache with butter and P125 Coeur De Guanaja by combining and melting in microwave. Stir completely to create a smooth ganache.
Cast into ½ sheet tray lined with plastic, place plastic on top the place in cooler to set.


  • 671 g bread flour (King Arthur patent flour)
  • 67 g milk 2% whole
  • 403 g whole eggs
  • 10 g yeast (DIY gold osmotolerant)
  • 15 g sea salt (fine)
  • 135 g sugar
  • 252 g european butter-1
  • 340 g Butter Ganache

Place eggs and milk into mixing bowl. Then combine flour, salt and yeast and add to bowl.
Add 20% of sugar.
Mix on low speed for 5-6 minutes (to hydrate all ingredients).
Turn on to medium speed and mix until strength starts to develop (3-5 minutes), then add remaining sugar.
Mix until dough regains strength and window starts to develop.
Add butter, let incorporate a bit.
Add Butter Ganache.
Continue mixing until dough smooths out, and an organized window can be pulled. (scrape down the bowl a few times as needed).

Assembly and Finishing


Bulk ferment for 45-90 minutes depending on usage and retarding methods.


Divide into 50-55g pieces.
Pre-shape: boule
Final shape: boule
Proof: approximately 2-2.5 hours.


Bake  at 325-335°F (163-168°C) for 8-10 minutes.

(c) Photos: Nitzan Rubin

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