How to Make Soft Brioche Buns

How to Make Soft Brioche Buns

Imagine biting into a soft brioche bun filled with melted butter and sprinkled with sugar. Its flavor is as rich as its golden color. Imagine the delicate, buttery layers all melting wonderfully. Five simple ingredients — flour, butter, sugar, yolks, and milk — are mixed together to form a twisted roll, baked until its crust turns golden. The outcome is a very soft, very light, flaky bun that everybody will ask for more!


Preparation time: 30 min
Resting: 3 h
Cooking time: 20 min

Ingredients list for Brioche Buns

For 4 soft buns:

  • 3 cups (300g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet dry active yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/3 cup (60g) caster sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 cup (115mL) warm water at 100-110°F (35°C – 45°C)
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 3/4 ounce (50g) butter, at room temperature, plus more melted butter for brushing the rolls
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Powdered sugar for dusting



1. Put the flour in a bowl and add the sugar, olive oil and salt. Put dry active yeast in the bowl too. Add warm water and the egg — slightly beaten — to the preparation.
2. Knead the dough for about ten minutes by hand (or with a stand mixer). It should become flexible and elastic.
3. Then cover the bowl with a clean cloth and let rise for 1 hour. The dough should double in volume.
4. De-gas the dough by strongly pushing with both fists.
5. Divide the dough into 4 parts — about 4 1/2 oz (130g) each for me — working with lightly oiled hands so that the dough doesn’t stick to your fingers.
6. Finely flatten each ball of dough on a lightly oiled work surface. Spread the dough as thinly as possible with a rolling pin so you can see the countertop through.
7. Divide the melted butter into four portions and spread on the surface of the flattened dough (I used a silicone brush).
8. Then roll the dough to form a long, thin sausage. Make a spiral without tightening too much so that the dough has room to rise.
9. Place the dough spirals on a plate covered with parchment paper, and then flatten the spiral a little. Leave to rise under a cloth for an hour.
10. Preheat your oven to 360°F (180°C) and bake the buns for 15 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with icing sugar. Enjoy your Ensaimadas once they have cooled.

Easy Brioche buns recipe

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