In Germany they sell brioche buns in every bakery and ever since I was little, I’ve loved them. Lately I’ve been trying to keep an eye on what I eat in terms additives and preservatives that are routinely added to convenience food. So, it was high time I finally tried to make brioche buns at home, with only the simplest ingredients and without any additives. I’ve actually made three different versions, some with chocolate added to the dough, some with raisins and some with coarse sugar on top.
These are not vegan, but I think it would be quite easy to make a vegan version of these as well. I will try it out as soon as I can and make another post about that then.
Ingredients (makes about 12 larger buns)
- 230 ml milk (+ some extra for glazing the buns later)
- 500g all-purpose flour
- 100g spelt flour
- 70g sugar
- 20g fresh yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 125g room temperature butter (again + some extra for glazing the buns)
- some dark chocolate (chopped)/some raisins/ some coarse sugar
Heat up the milk until lukewarm. This can easily be done in the microwave. Just make sure it’s not too hot, as that would kill the yeast. Add the yeast to the milk and whisk until combined.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, spelt flour, salt and sugar.
To that, add all the other ingredients and knead until the dough is uniform.
If you want to add any extras, such as raisins or chocolate, this would be the time. You could also easily divide the dough and only add extras to one part.
After this, cover the mixing bowl with a kitchen towel, put it somewhere warm and let the dough rise for 1.5 hours.
When the dough has risen, knead once again and form about 12 buns. Put the buns on a lined baking tray and again cover it with a kitchen towel and let the buns rise somewhere warm for another 45 minutes.
While the buns are rising, preheat the oven to 200C/390F.
Before baking brush the buns with some milk. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown.
As soon as the buns get out of the oven, brush them with some melted butter and if you want to add coarse sugar, add it then as well.
I hope you love these homemade fluffy brioche buns as much as I do and tell me if you’ve tried to make them 🙂