Brioche, the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

It's surprisingly easy to make brioche, but it takes some time and patience - and most importantly, lots of butter.

It wasn’t Marie Antoinette. It might have been some princess-cousin or duchess-aunt of the queen who, while only trying to help, was quoted by philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau as suggesting to the starving subjects, for want of bread, “Let them eat brioche!” And while she didn’t specify anything else, I would insist that nothing less than 250 grams of butter will do.