Chocolate Orange Brioche Knots

This brioche is delicious, but in the process of making it my mixer broke! Currently, my beloved Kitchenaide is sitting in pieces in the spare room, on the desk I never sit at, while I wait for parts to arrive in the mail. I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll be up in running in 3-5 business days.

It all started when I used the paddle attachment for this here buttery yeast dough. T’was too much! I talked to the folks at Kitchenaide on the phone, and she told me the rules for the dough hook and how I shouldn’t ever go higher than speed 2 while kneading. And well, I might’ve sassily told her that, “I’m familiar with making dough!” And “No! This recipe is not from the Kitchenaide cookbook.” Cue meltdown.

So… beware! Be careful! Use the dough hook for this brioche. Or just knead it by hand, man. Knead the hell out of it. Just be so careful, ok? Because mixers are people too. And nobody wants to be sassed about dough on a Monday morning. And I hope that my mixer doctor can fix up my lovely kitchen BFF so soon!

P.S. These knots are really super good. Like REALLY good. And they could’ve been pretzels like Deb intended, but well, I used chocolate chips and they were just too big for proper pretzel forming.

Chocolate Orange Brioche Knots (makes 8)
Recipe adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook via the kitchn


  • 1/3 cup milk, warmed
  • 1 t yeast
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1/2 t kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 8 T butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup well-chopped dark chocolate
  • zest from 1 orange
  • egg wash – 1 egg + 1 T water
  • turbinado sugar, for sprinkling
  1. Make brioche. In a small bowl, warm the milk and then whisk in the yeast until dissolved. Set aside. In a large bowl, or bowl of your stand mixer, stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Whisk in the eggs and yeast mixture. Stir until it comes together in a shaggy pile, using your dough hook or a wooden spoon. Add the butter, a third at a time, mixing it in between additions. Knead with the dough hook until a silky smooth dough forms. Mix in the chocolate and zest.
  2. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise in a warm place for 2 hours, until almost doubled. OR instead rest the dough in the fridge overnight (or up to 24 hours), bring back to room temperature and allow to rise completely before forming knots.
  3. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350F. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces (about 93g each). Roll each piece into a rope, Tie in a knot and place on the prepared baking sheet. Continue until all of the knots are formed. Make the egg wash by whisking together the egg and water. Brush over knots, sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes or until puffed and slightly bronzed. Cool on a wire rack. When cooled these freeze really well! To rewarm simply pop on a piece of foil in a 225F oven for about 12 minutes. Enjoy!

Yay! Click HEREΒ for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

Lady Gaga would be pissed this dough bullied my mixer.

24 thoughts on “Chocolate Orange Brioche Knots”

  1. omg! I would have cried if my mixer broke. I almost broke it the other day when I loaded 12 cups of flour + 2 cups of butter and a bunch of other stuff to make cookies. It was making that “clunk…clunk…clunk” sound reminiscent of “please god don’t put anything else in the mixing bowl I am at max capacity!” Either way, these knots look freaking awesome and now you have a great story to go along with them! πŸ™‚

  2. I use my Kitchenaid with the dough hook above speed 2 all the time! Probably I should stop doing that huh? I had no idea..

    Also I would probably feel like I was missing part of my soul if it broke, so here’s to yours getting fixed soon!

  3. So it’s probably a bad thing when I ignore my stand mixer shaking during dough making by just holding it down to the counter?

    This dough looks totally worth it though. I would eat all 8.

  4. These look amazing & am dying to try – but am I losing my mind as I cannot see where the milk yeast gets added and I have reread the recipe several times?? help!

      1. Thanks! i had just started to add the butter when i realized, so i dumped the milk/yeast in at that point – they’ve all been eaten so I think they turned out ok πŸ™‚

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