This gluten free brioche recipe is an absolutely incredible yeast bread to make. If you are looking for a light, fluffy gluten free brioche loaf, this is the bread recipe you need to make next!

A stack of four slices of brioche on a plate.

When was the last time you were able to enjoy brioche? I will never forget it. That first bite was buttery and fluffy and absolutely delicious. This gluten free version is the best thing I have found to compare.

Brioche is more than just bread. It has lots of butter and eggs to give it a richness regular bread doesn’t have. If you love bread, I have many gluten free bread recipes.

Why I love this fluffy gluten-free brioche recipe:

  1. It is fluffy and soft and tastes so good!
  2. This gluten free brioche recipe is pretty easy to make, with just a few simple ingredients.
  3. You can vary the flavors in some fun ways!
  4. It makes incredible French toast!!
  5. This recipe also makes great gluten free brioche rolls or hamburger buns.

I made this today using the new Artisan Better Batter gf flour and dairy free milk/butter. My non gf grandkids liked it! I’m going to try a couple of different flour blends that I have on hand to see how they work. Great, easy recipe! Thanks!!”

Michelle K., Facebook comment

Allergen Information:

This homemade brioche bread is gluten-free, nut-free, oat-free, and soy-free.

Photos of the gluten free brioche ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

There are not a lot of ingredients in my homemade brioche recipe, but I will say I do not recommend substitutions if you want your bread to be exactly as mine turned out. Flour blend matters!!

  • Gluten Free Flour Mix – I used Authentic Foods Steve’s GF Bread Blend for this recipe. This flour is light years ahead of other gluten free flour blends because you can work this dough with your hands, and it bakes up beautifully. If you try another gluten-free flour blend, be sure the one you use has xanthan gum or guar gum, or you add a teaspoon separately.
  • Milk – I tested this recipe with regular milk; I assume dairy-free milk will work, but I haven’t tested it. I assume dairy-free milk, like almond milk, will work, but I haven’t tested it.
  • Yeast – I used regular, active, dry yeast, not rapid-rise yeast. Double-check that the brand you use is gluten free. Red Star Platinum is NOT gluten free!
  • Eggs – Use whole eggs size large.
  • Butter—Use room-temperature unsalted butter. I have not tested vegan butter in this recipe. If your butter isn’t very soft, heat it in the microwave for 20-25 seconds.

Check out ALL of my recipes using Authentic Foods Steve’s Gluten Free Bread Blend.

Try these fun flavor variations:

There are some fun ways to vary this delicious loaf of brioche.

  • Make the chocolate filling like in my Gluten Free Chocolate Babka recipe. You can roll and make this bread similarly to get the chocolate woven into the loaf.
  • Add a teaspoon of cinnamon.
  • Mix in raisins or chocolate chips!

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

This gluten free brioche bread doesn’t have many crazy steps and is pretty straightforward.

Yeast proofing in a glass measuring cup.

Step 1: In a small bowl, heat the milk to 110º F. This is about 25-30 seconds in your microwave oven. Add in the sugar and yeast and mix them in the warm milk. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes until it is frothy.

HINT: It is important that your milk is not too hot, or the yeast will die.

👀 Sandi Says: If you use rapid yeast, add it to the dry ingredients and skip adding it to warm water.

Photos of the eggs and butter in the standing mixer.

Step 2: Put the paddle attachment onto your standing mixer. Add the eggs and melted butter and beat on low for 30 seconds. Add the gluten free flour, sea salt, and sugar to the bowl of the standing mixer. Pour on the foamy yeast mixture.

Step 3: Mix at low speed, gradually increasing as the flour is incorporated into the mixture. Turn off the mixer when the dough has formed. Do not overmix your dough.

A photo of what the brioche dough should look like.

This is what your dough should look like. Note that if you used a different flour blend, your batter may need to be wetter.

📢 Sandi says: Every gluten-free flour blend has a different starch-to-grain ratio. The brand of gluten-free flour you use will affect the moisture of the batter. If your cake batter is too runny, add more flour, and if it is too thick, add more liquids.
Read Why Gluten-Free Flour Blends Vary to learn more about this.

Photos of the dough rolled in ropes.

🔑 Sandi says: With gluten free, you must form your bread before the first rise. Gluten free dough really only gets one good rise. Work the dough and then let it rise.

Step 4: Place the brioche dough onto a silicone mat or on a clean work surface. Gently press the dough into a ball. You should not need any extra flour for this part if you use the same gluten free flour blend as I did.

Step 5: Split the dough into two pieces. Gently roll the dough into two ropes. Keep the length the same as the bread loaf pan. You can also do a three-plat braid if you prefer.

Grease the loaf pan and preheat your oven to 200º F. Move the oven rack to the bottom setting. Once the oven reaches that temperature, please turn it off the oven.

The twisted gf brioche dough in the loaf pan.

Step 6: Twist the two gluten free bread ropes into one and place it in the baking tin. Cover with plastic wrap and place it in a warm spot to rise.

Bread Rising Tip:

Rising gluten free dough is tough. The best way I have found is to preheat your oven to 200º F, then turn the oven off.

The gf brioche dough after rising.
Look how much it has risen!

Step 6: For best results, place the bread loaf pan in the oven and let the bread rise for 1 1/2-2 hours. If you have one in your kitchen, you can also rise your bread in a warm place. Remove the bread from the oven. Preheat the oven to 360º F.

The brioche with the egg wash.

Step 7: Scramble an egg in a small bowl and use a pastry brush to brush the egg over the top of the loaf. I did a double coating so my brioche loaf would get a deep golden color.

Step 8: Bake the brioche for 30-40 minutes until the top is golden brown and it has an internal temperature of 190º F. To measure the temperature, insert a digital thermometer down to the bottom of the loaf.

Step 9: Remove the loaf from the oven and let it sit in the pan for 5 minutes. Gently remove the gluten free brioche and put it on a wire rack to cool. Try not to cut into the bread for 2 hours. It will give the bread the time to finish cooking and set.

See all of the incredible gluten free bread recipes on my blog!

The top view of the baked gluten free brioche.

Bread Troubleshooting

Why is my gluten-free bread sticky or gummy?

If you notice your gluten-free bread dough is too sticky, it usually means you have too much liquid in the dough or didn’t bake it long enough. The best way to fix sticky dough is to add more gluten-free flour or bake it for longer. Some gluten free flour blends are very starchy, and you need to use more flour with these blends than other blends.

Why didn’t my gluten-free bread rise?

There are many potential reasons why your gluten-free bread didn’t rise. Here are the three most common issues I have found in my experience with making gluten-free bread:

  1. Was the yeast expired? Did you use the right type of yeast that the recipe called for? (Active dry yeast or Rapid-rise yeast.)
  2. What temperature was the water in which you proofed the yeast? It should be no hotter than 110º F.
  3. Did you use purified water? Chlorine and other chemicals in tap water can kill yeast.

Why did my gluten-free bread fall apart?

If your gluten-free bread is falling apart, chances are that you didn’t use a binder in the flour blend. Gluten in wheat is the “glue” that holds regular baking together. Gluten-free flour doesn’t have the same “glue,” so you have to add it. Here is a good article on gluten-free binders and how they work.

Ensure the gluten-free flour blend contains either xanthan gum, guar gum, or psyllium husk. Note: One of the blends I often recommend in yeast recipes, Authentic Foods Steve’s Gluten Free Bread Blend, uses vegetable fiber, which includes psyllium husk. If your blend doesn’t have one of these, you must add it to your ingredients.

For more bread troubleshooting, read my Gluten-Free Bread Troubleshooting Guide for more information and tips. Also, be sure to store your bread properly. Read How to Store Gluten-Free Bread to see how I store my gluten-free bread to keep it fresh the longest.

Storage/Freezing Instructions:

Store this brioche in an airtight container for 2 days in the refrigerator max. Gluten free baked goods tend to get mold quickly, so you definitely want it in the fridge or freezer. Learn How to Store Gluten Free Bread so you can keep it fresh.

Sliced gf brioche on a cutting board.

Check out the gluten free brioche web story, too!

I made the mistake of making one loaf of bread. My family LOVED it! It’s all gone in 5 minutes. Now I’m doubling the recipe and remaking it. This is going to be a staple in my home. Thanks!”

Tif B., Pinterest comment

I tried it! It came out wonderful. Best gluten free bread I’ve made so far. Hard to not eat the whole loaf.

Jamie B., Pinterest comment

More Gluten Free Bread Recipes To Try:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

A stack of four slices of brioche on a plate.

Easy Gluten Free Brioche Recipe

Sandi Gaertner
This gluten free brioche recipe is an absolutely incredible yeast bread to make. If you are looking for a light fluffy gluten free brioche loaf, this is the bread recipe you need to make next!
4.96 from 22 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rise Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Gluten Free Bread Recipe
Cuisine American, French
Servings 12 slices
Calories 205 kcal

Equipment

  • Digital Thermometer
  • Standing mixer

Ingredients
  

Yeast Proofing

  • cup milk * see note
  • 1 tablespoon dry active yeast *or one packet
  • 1 tablespoon white cane sugar

For the Brioche

  • 2 ¾ cups gluten free flour blend
  • ¼ cup white cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 eggs size large
  • ½ cup butter melted

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, heat the milk to 110º F. This is about 25-30 seconds in your microwave oven. Add in the sugar and yeast and stir to mix them together in the warm milk. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes until it is frothy.
  • HINT: It is important that your milk is not too hot or the yeast will die.
  • Put the paddle attachment onto your standing mixer. Add the eggs and melted butter and beat on low for 30 seconds. Add the gluten free flour, sea salt, and sugar to the bowl of the standing mixer. Pour on the foamy yeast mixture.
  • Mix at low speed, gradually increasing the speed as the flour incorporates into the mixture. Turn off the mixer when the dough has formed. Do not overmix your dough.
  • NOTE: Gluten free dough really only gets one good rise. Work the dough and then let it rise.
  • Place the brioche dough onto a silicone mat or on a clean work surface. Gently press the dough into a ball. You should not need any extra flour for this part if you use the same gluten free flour blend as I did.
  • Split the dough into two pieces. Gently roll the dough into two ropes. Keep the length the same as the bread loaf pan. You can also do a three plait braid if you prefer.
  • Grease the loaf pan and preheat your oven to 200º F. Move the oven rack to the bottom setting. Once the oven reaches that temperature, turn off the oven.
  • Twist the two gluten free bread ropes into one and place it in the baking tin. Cover with plastic wrap and place it in a warm spot to rise. 
  • For best results, place the bread loaf pan in the oven and let the bread rise for 1 1/2-2 hours. You can also rise your bread in a warm place if you have one in your kitchen. Remove the bread from the oven. Preheat the oven to 360 degrees F.
  • Scramble an egg in a small bowl and use a pastry brush to brush the egg over the top of the loaf. I did a double coating so my brioche loaf would get with a deep golden color.
  • Bake the brioche for 30-40 minutes until the top is golden brown and it has an internal temperature of 190º F. To measure the temperature, insert a digital thermometer down to the bottom of the loaf. 
  • Remove the loaf from the oven and let it sit in the pan for 5 minutes. Gently remove the gluten free brioche and put it on a wire rack to cool. Try not to cut into the bread for 2 hours. It will give the bread the time to finish cooking and set.

Notes

  1. I used Authentic Foods Steve’s GF Bread Blend for this recipe. This flour is light years ahead of other gluten free flour blends because you can work this dough with your hands, and it bakes up beautifully. If you try another gluten-free flour blend, be sure the one you use has xanthan gum or guar gum, or you add a teaspoon separately.
  2. I am saying it again….the flour blend you use matters! If your bread turns out dense, didn’t rise, etc., the chances are you used a gluten free flour blend that doesn’t work with yeast or your yeast is expired.
  3. Yeast – double-check the brand you use is gluten free. Red Star Platinum is NOT gluten free!
  4. This bread keep fresh for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator or up to 4 months in the freezer. To soften it up, microwave the slice of brioche for 20-25 seconds.
To measure your gluten free flour, I recommend using either the spoon method or leveling method.
Spoon Method: You can also use a spoon to fill the measuring cup. Use a knife to level along the top to remove the extra flour.
Leveling Method: Put the measuring scoop into the flour and fill. Do not pack the flour. Use a knife to scrape along the top to remove the extra flour.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 283mgPotassium: 39mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 318IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg
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39 Comments

    1. Hi Jennifer, in general, the Authentic Foods Steve’s GF Bread Flour does not work in a bread machine. If you use another flour blend…maybe? I haven’t tested it so I am not able to say for sure.

  1. 5 stars
    Such an excellent recipe! I bought some Steve’s GF Bread Flour just for this recipe and I did not regret it. The bread was light and fluffy, without the frequent layer of gumminess or the crumbliness GF breads so often get. I’ll definitely be making this often!

  2. I make a lot of gluten free breads and such. I can’t wait to try this one. I have a dear friend whom I give some to because it makes too much for me to eat enough of it before it goes bad. She is unable to have the cornstarch that is a listed ingredient in that specific flour you have listed. Would I be able to use Pamela’s or Bob Red Mills bread flour in place of the other? Maybe I will play with that and see. Just wasn’t sure if you knew. Both have the gum in it that is needed.

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you so much! I use the Bob Red Mills Bread flour for my Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls and it turns out amazing. That’s what I am hoping to use here. I will be making this next weekend. Can’t wait.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this recipe recently! I had a few slices with butter when it came out of the oven and the rest I made into French toast…both were delicious!!! I will definitely make it again…soon!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this being very careful to do things exactly according to your instructions. It is beautiful and delicious but a little flatter than i expected. I wonder if the 9.25 × 5.25 loaf pan I used was too big? I have smaller ones at 8.5 x 4.5. Which do you recommend? Also, in the Ingredient Notes it says to use room temperature butter but in the actual recipe it calls for melted, which is what I used. Is that correct? Thanks for everything you do!

    1. This might be a dumb question but in step 2 are you using 2 eggs or all 3 eggs? I assume just 2 so that you have one left to brush on top of the bread.

      1. Hi, It is 3 eggs, the egg wash uses so little egg, it throws off the calorie count that is automated. I haven’t found a workaround for this, so I don’t include it in the ingredients.

    1. 5 stars
      Yes it will work with dairy free milk. I have made this with whole milk and with Almond Milk and both turned out great! This is an awesome bread recipe and one of our favorites!

  5. 5 stars
    I used your recipe today, the best gf bread I’ve ever made! I had to improvise a bit since I used a different brand flour the called for adding xanthan gum. I’ll get the brand you use next time.
    Thank you!

  6. Can’t wait to try this recipe! How could this be modified to make brioche buns instead of a loaf?

  7. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Just a note though for those reading, Red Star Active Dry Yeast and All Natural Active Dry Yeast are gluten-free. The Platinum variety is not.

    1. Can you test your gluten free recipe with dairy free alternatives? I’d love to see how that’d turn out.

      1. Hi Ella, I have a lot on my work schedule, so I am not sure I can get to this in the next few months. If you try it, please do come back and let us know how it turned out.

    2. I’m making this bread tonight and will let it rise and bake tomorrow. I would however like to state that the instructions were very sporadic I had to go back after I had worked the bread and left it to rise and do the twisting and putting it in a pan because it was way down the list after you were supposed to do it. I had to read the comments where you asked someone if they twisted it before they let it rise before I realized it wasn’t supposed to be after it rose.

    1. Hi Norma, great questions. It should work, but I recommend using Authentic Foods Steve’s GF Bread Blend as it is the best flour when you need to shape and work the dough.

      1. Sandi,
        1. thank you for this recipe. I bake a lot for 2 of my sisters and this is a big hit.
        2. I believe that step 12 says to bake to an internal temp of 190 and not 390.
        I do agree, though, that the wording can be a little confusing at times. So, I just slow down and read it again 😂
        Paula

      2. Hi Paula, I looked everywhere including doing a find and replace. I can’t see where you see 390. I am so glad everyone loved it. If you can clarify where you saw the 390, I would be grateful.

  8. 4 stars
    I had difficulty with the recipe. I used the exact ingredients and followed the insurance best as I could and the bread was more of a batter than a dough. I checked other recipes and the proportion of flour seemed right. There’s no indication on how long to mix it other than until the flour is incorporated. Perhaps a longer mixing time? The bread could not be braided so I poured it into the prepared pan. It did rise nicely though.

    1. Hi Carole, I am sorry this recipe didn’t turn out as you hoped. To confirm, you ordered the Authentic Foods Steve’s GF Bread Blend? Tell me how you rose the yeast, the temperature of the water before adding the yeast, and did you shape the dough then rise it?

  9. 5 stars
    I made this for a friend whose son was recently diagnosed as celiac. She wanted to make brioche french toast for the family and they all enjoyed it with this bread. Her son told me “It was so nice to have French toast and real bread again!”

    One correction to the recipe: I believe the finished internal temp should be 190, not 390 degrees

  10. Good afternoon….I am an aspiring gluten free baker and I am always on the look out for simple and good tasting recipes. The brioche was certainly simple but I would say it was less than fluffy, it was more dense than I anticipated. I did use dairy free butter and milk but I did you use the flour you recommended. Do you think the lack of real butter and dairy may have created the dense result?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Frank, can you tell me how you rose the dough? Did you follow my direction to braid the dough, then do the first rise in the pan? I haven’t had this issue with Authentic Foods Steve’s GF Bread Blend. I don’t think the milk and butter would affect the texture, but I haven’t tested those substitutes myself yet.