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Brioche Rolls

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.

Don’t forget to check out our Brioche Buns web story!

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Yield: 8 Servings

Brioche Rolls

Baked brioche rolls in a white baking pan.

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.

Prep Time 1 hour 48 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 3 minutes

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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Alina M White

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

In the ingredients list I don’t see sugar or milk listed. Can somebody help?

Kimberly

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Hi Alina!

There are 3 tablespoons of milk and 2 tablespoons of water in the recipe. They are the second and fourth ingredients in the list. :) Have a wonderful evening!

Christina

Sunday 24th of October 2021

Great recipe, but these are more similar to Japanese Hokkaido milk bread. For brioche, there needs to be more egg and butter. Other than that, fantastic recipe! 💜💜

Kimberly

Sunday 24th of October 2021

Thanks so much, Christina! I'm not familiar with Japanese Hokkaido milk bread. It sounds interesting, so I'll definitely have to check it out. Thanks again, and have a wonderful day! :)

Cheri Silveira

Monday 19th of April 2021

I've baked these rolls several times and they always come out really good! Highly recommend the recipe!

Kimberly

Monday 19th of April 2021

Thanks so much, Cheri! We thrilled you enjoy the brioche rolls. Have a wonderful week! :)

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 :)

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