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Brioche Rolls

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Light and airy, yet dense enough to hold up to any hamburger or sandwich. Homemade brioche rolls are easy to make and better than store-bought.

Brioche rolls are one of our favorite types of bread. Whether we use them for buns or as a meal starter, we love a great roll.

Kim was so excited to share this brioche rolls recipe with everyone. These rolls are buttery, tender, and delicious.

In fact, during grilling season, I ask Kim to make these all the time. You won’t find a better brioche bun for your pulled pork sandwich.

Or, you could use it as a side for ham and beans. I can’t wait for you to try this recipe.

Pile of fluffy brioche rolls with a napkin.

Prepping the Dough:

First, activate the yeast. Combine the water and milk and warming both in the microwave.

Try a glass measuring cup, medium power, for 10-second intervals.

Next, add the yeast and allow to sit until frothy. This usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine flours, salt, sugar, and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer.

Flour, yeast, butter, and milk for brioche rolls.

Now, cut the butter into small pieces and use the paddle attachment and mix everything until the butter is incorporated. The mixture will resemble a coarse cornmeal.

After that, just add the yeast mixture and 1 large egg to the flour. Switch to the hook attachment and let your stand mixer knead the dough for 6 to 8 minutes on low speed.

Ariel view of brioche rolls dough in a metal mixing bowl.

That’s it, the dough part is done. Simply, place the dough in a different greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a clean towel.

Make sure to let it rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.

Uncooked brioche rolls in a white baking dish.

Making the Brioche Rolls:

After the dough rises, remove it from the bowl and press it down a couple of times to remove the air.

Then, separate it into 8 equals parts and shape the 8 pieces into balls and tuck any folds to the bottom.

Baked brioche rolls in a white baking pan.

Next, place each piece on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicon mat.

Finally, cover the dough again with a clean towel, and allow it to rise a second time.

Baking the Brioche Rolls:

While waiting, place a small dish of water in the oven.

Then, mix a large egg and water together to make an egg wash. Using a pastry brush, brush the egg wash onto each bun.

Close up of freshly baked brioche rolls.

Lastly, place baking dish in a preheated oven, and cook buns for about 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve the brioche buns immediately or allow to cool and serve them later as a sandwich. Either way, they are delicious!

Love these rolls? Then try our Hawaiian rolls for a sweet and savory dinner roll!

Tips for the Best Brioche Rolls:

  • Heating the liquid too much will kill the yeast. I go by the rule of thumb if it burns my finger, it will ruin the yeast.
  • Depending on air temperature, it may take longer than an hour for your dough to rise.
  • Don’t overwork the dough or it will become too dense.
  • Also, if you have any leftover roast beef, these make an awesome sandwich roll for that as well.

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Baked brioche rolls in a white baking pan.

Brioche Rolls

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 1 hour 48 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 3 minutes

Light and airy, yet dense enough to hold up to any hamburger or sandwich. Homemade brioche rolls are easy to make and better than store-bought.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup All-Purpose flour
  • 2 Large Eggs (1 reserved)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter cubed, (softened)

Instructions

  1. Heat water and milk in the microwave to 110-115 degrees. Add yeast and 1 Tablespoon of sugar.
  2. Allow yeast mixture to sit until frothy. Usually, this takes about 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. While waiting for yeast, mix flours, sugar, salt, and butter in the stand mixer using the paddle attachment. The mixture should resemble coarse cornmeal when finished.
  4. Add one of the eggs and yeast mixture to the flour.
  5. Change to the dough hook and knead on low speed for 6 to 8 minutes.
  6. The dough should be smooth and not too sticky. Add additional flour if needed.
  7. Remove the dough from mixing bowl and place in a separate greased bowl. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap.
  8. Allow to double in size. This usually takes about an hour.
  9. Once the dough has risen, remove it from the bowl and press it down to remove the air.
  10. Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.
  11. Roll each piece into a ball and tuck loose ends underneath. Place each ball (roll) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking sheet.
  12. Cover rolls with a clean towel again and allow to rise a second time.
  13. In the meantime, place an oven-safe bowl of water in an oven preheated to 400 degrees. There should be enough water to create steam.
  14. Make an egg wash by mixing the remaining egg and 1 to 2 Tablespoons of water.
  15. After the rolls have risen a second time, use a pastry brush to apply the egg wash to each bun.
  16. Place the rolls in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  17. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 459mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

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Brittany

Monday 21st of September 2020

Hello, did you use active dry or instant yeast? Thank you so much

Kimberly

Monday 21st of September 2020

Hi Brittany! We used active yeast. Have a great day!

Pat

Saturday 13th of June 2020

I have made these several times delicious BUT how do you get the egg water mixture on the risen dough without having them deflate?

John

Sunday 14th of June 2020

Good Morning Pat, that's a great question! Typically Kim uses a silicone brush. With that being said, the egg wash might be a little thick and too heavy for the delicate dough (large grade A egg vs. large grade AA egg). If that's the case, I would recommend 2 things, use a silicone or regular pastry brush and add a little extra water to the egg wash mixture. I hope these 2 suggestions help. Thank you again for asking your question and we wish you a lovely day :)

Tony

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

What if I don't have parchment paper? Can I still make these?

John

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

Good Morning Tony, I checked over the post and all you need the parchment paper for is the baking sheet to keep them from possibly sticking. If you don't parchment paper or a silicone mat you can still make the rolls. Simply spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray or grease the pan with butter, olive, vegetable, or canola oil (or use grease the pan with shortening if you have that). I hope this information helps, have a great day!

VICTORIA

Thursday 30th of January 2020

Why are the buns so yellow in the title photo but they don't come out that way? I've made several times.

John

Thursday 30th of January 2020

Good afternoon Victoria, that's a great question. The photos we take are done so under the best circumstances and we use minimal photo editing. While we do our best to adjust the lighting, sometimes the white balance can be a little off. For example, in this post, the white balance seems a little off (due to the natural lighting), so we tried to adjust it as best we could. But, the buns still turned out a little yellow in the photos. Trust me, they're not that yellow in real life lol! I hope this answers your question. Oh, Kim provided a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section to our blog if you're ever curious about anything. Take a peek some time, the link is listed below. Thank you again for asking and have a lovely day :) https://www.berlyskitchen.com/about-us/frequently-asked-questions/

Melanie

Wednesday 20th of March 2019

Should the butter be cold or room temp?

Kimberly

Wednesday 20th of March 2019

Hi Melanie! The butter should be room temp. Thanks for asking! :)

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