What about a French breakfast today? You probably already know the classic croissants or pains au chocolat that we serve in every bakery in France, but have you ever heard of “viennoise”? A much easier recipe that every beginner can make!
A viennoise is a kind of bread made with an enriched dough, halfway between a pain au lait (litterarly milk bread”) and a brioche dough, and usually shaped like a baguette. In France, we usually eat it for breakfast or tea time in its classic version along with some butter and marmelade, or you can find my favorite version: the chocolate chip viennoise!
As I received recently La Bonne Box, a beautiful box with some delightful French delicacies that are sent to every subscriber on a monthly basis, I felt in love with French food again. Among these beautiful products, I had some praline roses, a madeleine mix, and even a madeleine form (check out my madeleine recipe!). One product I also received: some very small chocolate chips, just like the one we find in some small brioches or baguettes viennoises. I know already that I’m gonna love this concept of La Bonne Box every month!
I decided to give this fantastic chocolate chip viennoise a try. I used to eat it after school when I was a kid. I already had a recipe in mind since I wanted to try the one I found on my blogger friend Une plume dans la cuisine a few months ago after we met in Stockholm and she told me how easy this recipe was. French pastry + very easy + chocolate? I had to try, right?
Oh dear, how good it was! My blogger friend was right, this viennoise recipe is very easy to make and all beginners can do it! You only need to knead the dough for 4 minutes! Then all you need is to be a little bit patient while the dough is rising. In the end you get a beautiful airy texture with a lovely crispy crust and some delicious chocolate chips. I’m in love with this recipe and I will definitely make it again for breakfast on Sunday mornings!
- 10 cl liquid cream
- 10 cl milk
- 25g fresh yeast
- ¾ cup (175g) melted butter
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 egg + 1 yolk to brush
- 3,5 cups (475g) flour
- ¾ cup (100g) chocolate chips
- In a small saucepan, warm up the milk with the cream up to 100 F. Dissolve the fresh yeast into the milk by stirring well. Be careful not to overheat the milk-cream mixture to prevent from killing the yeast.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar with the melted butter. Add the beaten egg and the milk-cream mixture. Pour the flour in two or three additions, stirring well after each addition. Knead the dough until it becomes soft and elastic, then form a ball. Place it back into the bowl covered with a towel and let rise at room temperature for about 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in size.
- Add the chocolate chips into to the dough and knead for a few more minutes to incorporate them perfectly. Divide the dough in 8 parts, form a ball with each of them and then shape them into long snakes (you can also divide the dough in 4 parts only, depending on the size you want to obtain).
- Place the viennoises on a baking tray covered with parchment paper, cover them with a cloth, and let them rise for 30 more minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 480 F. When the oven is warm enough, brush the viennoises with the yolk and bake them half way for about 8-10 minutes, depending on their size.