Of French origin, brioche is made from enriched dough that’s a little sweeter and softer than most bread. It’s delicious to eat and easy to make!
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Text: Natasha Liviero
Makes 24 small buns
180g milk, warm
30g white granular sugar
12g dry yeast
800g cake flour
150g unsalted butter, room temperature and cubed
1 small egg, beaten
Set oven to 2000C or 1800C (fan).
Grease two 25cm x 10cm loaf tins.
Warm the milk (not hot) and add the sugar and yeast. Stir and leave to rest for a few minutes. The yeast will activate and form bubbles.
Combine the flour, salt and eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook.
On low speed, add the milk mixture and mix for approximately 4 minutes.
Increase speed to medium and mix for approximately 6 minutes.
Reduce speed to low and add the butter, one cube at a time. The mixture will look ‘sloppy’. Increase speed to medium and beat for a further 5 minutes. A smooth, shiny dough will develop. The dough will be very elastic and soft to the touch.
Form the soft dough into a ball and place it in a large, greased bowl. Cover with cling film and leave in a warm environment until double in size.
Divide the dough in half. Scale and divide each half into 41/42g portions — there should be 12 portions to each half.
Roll each portion into a ball and place it into the loaf tin. You should finish with two rows of six, side-by-side. Repeat with the second half.
Cover and leave to prove until almost double in size.
Brush lightly with egg wash and bake for 20-22 minutes and golden.
Remove from the oven and rest for a few minutes before turning the brioche buns onto a cooling rack.
Best eaten warm and on the day they are made.
These brioche buns are delicious with savoury and sweet toppings. Simple options include spreading with butter or olive oil and a sprinkling of course salt as a main meal accompaniment or spreading with butter and a sweet topping for breakfast or a snack on the go.
Loaf tin size is approximate. Slightly smaller or larger will also work, as will a round or square tin.