Brioche Raisin Snails


These are pictures from my second attempt at making Dorie Greenspan’s Brioche Raisin Snails. My first attempt was a horrible disaster that ended up in the garbage. It was a math mistake. I can’t believe I made a math mistake. I do math for a living. Well, to be fair, I don’t do much math now, I manage people who do math. But come on! A simple math mistake.

I tried to convert the amount of active yeast called for in the recipe to the instant yeast I use and love. It should be relatively simple. You use 3/4 of the amount of instant yeast.  I ended up using way too little yeast so my poor brioche dough didn’t rise like it should.


Brioche Raisin Snails were selected as a Tuesdays with Dorie Recipe back in March 2008 prior to me joining the group. It uses 1/2 of Dorie Greenspan’s Golden Brioche Loaves recipe. I didn’t even attempt to make and assemble the snails with my first dough. I  did though make the loaf. It was very dense and salty, duh. I tried to use it by making French toast hoping the custard would hide the fact that the bread was a disaster. Nope, it all went in the garbage along with the other unused half.

I’m happy to report that my second attempt was a success. So successful, that the snails didn’t last a day. These are so good–which has been reported by everyone that’s made them–that I’m so glad I persevered. Well, I did have pastry cream and rum-soaked and flambéd raisins in my refrigerator  that I didn’t want  to go to waste.  So, yes, I made brioche twice in one weekend. But it was so worth it. Make these!

You can find the recipe for these HERE.



16 thoughts on “Brioche Raisin Snails

  1. These are at the top of my “to rewind soon” list. I’m dying to make them but I need to find a time when there are tons of people around to eat them when they’re fresh. Otherwise I will eat them all and that’s not my goal. Yours look fantastic, just like the picture in the book!

  2. Nice! I joined after these guys and have always wanted to make them. They look just wonderful. I always just swap out d.a. yeast for instant – it works out well for me.

  3. Your second attempt looks like it turned out perfectly!! YUMMY! These look so delicious. I’m sure I couldn’t eat just one. There’s something so warm and comforting about brioche.

  4. I have heard so many wonderful things about these snails – they are at the top of my list of past Dories to try. They look awesome – I can’t believe you didn’t save me one! 😉

  5. I think these are the best I have ever seen. Seriously…they look perfect! I keep thinking that I should go back and do some of the recipes I missed before I joined TWD, but there never seems to be time…seeing your snails, however, is very convincing! My guys would love these…reason enough!

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