“One reason to bake bread is to fill your kitchen with that aroma. Even if the bread turns out badly, the smell of its baking never fails to improve a hour or mood. people trying to sell their homes are often advised to bake a loaf of bread before showing it. The underlying idea here is that freshly baked bread is the ultimate olfactory synecdoche for hominess. Which, when you think about it, is odd, since how many of us grew up in homes where bread was ever baked? Yet somehow that sense memory and its association with a happy domesticity endure.“ ~ Michael Pollen, Cooked
True isn’t it? Biting into freshly baked bread gives us comfort and hygge. It’s like snuggling into a warm blanket on a cold, wintry night. The whole process from kneading to baking is meditative. It’s magical—producing the perfect golden-hued crust never fails to impress me. And it’s a time when I can see my effort, my creativity, thoughts and communion, get reflected through the work of my hands. It is joy that spreads its aroma through the house and brings satisfaction and happiness to all.
College Days Nostalgia And A Basket Of Bread
With barely a few hundred in our pockets, during college days, a bunch of us would rush to Cafe Isfahan in Taj Palace, Delhi. The grand five-star provided respite from the boring, long Economic (Honours) lectures. Also, since Jesus and Mary College is right next door made it easier for us to run there when we had a couple of hours free in between classes. Of course, we were stringent in the way we blew our pocket money. It had to be enough to pick up our fashion wear for the month from Delhi’s famous flea and street market, Sarojini Nagar so careful spending was always on our minds.
Ordering soup was always a good idea. Served with a bread basket and salted butter, we satiated ourselves with the brioche buns, breadsticks, croissants, crostinos and focaccia. These stretchy, warm, savoury, yeasty, sweet or crispy mixed delights were delicious to munch on before the piping hot soup reached our table. Slathering the warm, pillowy buns with butter and breaking off a piece, was like biting into a cloud. A luscious, buttery cloud.
Time has flown and I have left college years far behind, but the memory of those times continue to stay fresh in my mind. During the lockdown when I learnt how to make sourdough bread, focaccia and all the possible bake recipes I could lay my hands on, I craved to remake the brioche buns. A few hit and trials and I finally had these amazing buns baking in my oven.
After making them, I don’t think I am ever going to go back to buying them from the stores. They’re yummilicious. The following recipe makes 8 pieces. If you’re left with any after a meal, store them in an air tight container lest they lose their moisture and dry out. Microwave for a few seconds and they’re as good as new.
I hope you enjoy the recipe of this beautiful French yeast bread. Use them for hamburgers for dinner or enjoy them for breakfast with bacon, eggs and cheese. It’s wonderful with a lavish spread of good ole’ jam and butter too.
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- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 11/2 tbsp active dry yeast
- 2/3 cup whole milk
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/4 cup Warm water
- 4 tbsp softened butter
- 2 eggs room temperature
- 1 tsp sea salt
For the Buns
- Mix yeast, sugar and lukewarm water in a bowl. Allow to sit for 10 mins.
- In the meantime, take a large bowl and mix all purpose flour with salt.
- Mix eggs, milk, honey and softened butter together.
- Combine all the above ingredients together and knead into a dough for 7-8 minutes. Cover the dough and proof for one and a half hours or till doubled in size.
- Tip out on a clean surface and divide into eight equal portions.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Roll each portion into a round shape and place them on the sheet, ensuring that they have space to double in size.
- Cover and let them rise in a warm spot for about one hour, or until puffy.
- Beat an egg for the final wash. Brush the buns with egg wash and sprinkle sesame seeds.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 30 mins.
- Once out of the oven, give it a glossy finish with a brush of melted butter
- Let them cool before eating.
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The freshly baked buns look yummy! I can feel the aroma just by looking at the pictures:)
Saved the recipe 😋
These buns look lovely. Just the look and a read and I can smell the heavenly aroma of fresh bread. I have always liked lingering near bakeries 🙂
Wow I was just drooling reading about the buns. I love bread and soup and I intend to try out your recipe
Wow! They look amazing. Only recently I have discovered Brioche Buns and must say they are lovely :).
I am drooling over the pictures, Diplali!
I will definitely give this recipe a try.
I have been following your posts on fb and love them, especially the pics. I shall definitely try these.
Oh my! This post left me smiling ear to ear and craving for a freshly baked bread loaf now! I’m definitely trying out this brioche buns recipe! Thanks for sharing, Dipali.
Your freshly made buns made me drool!! they are looking so tempting that I am planning to run down to bakery and buy some (sorry the oven and I don’t see eye to eye)
Your post took me back to Delhi college days! Love the look of these Brioche Buns, I can almost smell them.. Divine! Saving this recipe to try some day.
I am new to baking and will try your recipe soon.
The brioche buns look yum. The recipe seems easy to follow. Thanks for sharing.
This looks yummy. I am sure my kids will love it. Thanks for sharing.
Tasty and delicious recipe. I am a foodie and live to bake. J also have a food blog and have many baking recipes. Will surely try your recipe but eggless as I do not eat eggs.
Though I am little afraid with baking at home but after reading your post feeling that this is an easy recipe and we can make it at home will try this for sure with my girls. thanks for sharing.
Wow, these buns look perfect. I have never baked anything except cakes because I’m always afraid that I’ll ruin everything. These pictures are drool-worthy, wish I could bake such beautiful buns at home.
They look sooo good! I tell you…. felt like going and making a batch of them right away! We don’t use eggs in the house so i guess these buns are out. 🙁
My family loves it when I bake. The baking smell that you talked about is definitely heavenly. Never tried brioche buns. Wil try them soon .
I love your writing, your posts, and your photography! You are such an amazing blogger and social media personality, Dipali. I am in awe of you. You’re such an inspiration.
Wow… this looks super tempting. I have tried many cakes but never baked buns. I would surely love to try this one. Thanks for sharing recipe.
Buns look perfect. Let me also try the recipe u shared.
I did go for bread making class and really loved the experience of making bread and focaccia at home…will follow your recipe soon…
Oh yum!! These brioche buns look mouthwateringly delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’ll try this at home soon.
I am literally drooling over this yum looking brioche buns
These are not brioche buns, these are golden buns of love! I learnt baking in school, and even today I find it difficult to bake that perfect bread, never get that perfect moist feeling. These look totally droolworthy!
This lockdown I have found the love in baking.. so will definitely bake these.Thanks for the recipe
These looks so tempting. Brioche bun are my all time favourite. I would definitely give this a try.
Oh the buns looks amazing! The colour! Looks super yummy.
The quote by Michael Pollen set the tone and of course, an bun-filled read! They looked yummilicious, and sure they tasted crunchy-licious. Happy to hear you started off again
There is nothing better than home basked buns. I am not much into baking but I really loved the recipe and will surely get my best friend to try this for me.
Loved the recipe and will surely try it.. It looks simple but I am sure it needs a little skill to make perfect buns
Wow, I am drooling over this Brioche buns; it looks so yum, I am definitely going to give it a try. These days I am stretching my limits in trying new recipes, this time buns for sure!
Despite I am poor in baking and avoid baking unless there is any strong reason, I am feeling to try them once. Lovely stories of your college days are tum as well.
The beginning makes me feel the aroma of freshly baked bread. Amaizng post
Now, this is indeed very yummilicious. They just look perfect! Indeed every baker’s dream come true!
Brioche is my guilt pleasure! Honestly, the sugar and butter content in it is the sole reason that it’s a forbidden fruit for me! Easy to follow recipe 🙂
Oh this post just made me wanna go to a bakery n get warm fresh breads… I suck at baking or making anything fancy at home.
The freshly baked buns look yum! I’ve saved the recipe for the weekend.
These look phenomenal, Dipali! I’m going to try this recipe for sure. Never baked bread before. Fingers crossed. Thank you so much. 🙂 #MyFriendAlexa #TinaReads
My mornings are incomplete without buns. This is easy and quick recipe.
ok i have tried making bread like a hundred times and it has never come out well. will try your recipe this time and this will be the last.
It look so tempting. Any way we can replace egg from something else?
These look yummy. And yeah, I agree when you say that the best takeaway of baking is the aroma your house is left with.
Wow these turned out so good. I am making these one day.