Citrus Brioche Buns Recipe

These delicate buns are full of the tangy, zesty flavour of lemon and orange with poppy seeds for extra interest.


Prep Time

40 minutes

Cooking Time

15 minutes


Makes 12

Recipe Ingredients

  • ¼ cup milk, lukewarm
  • 2 tsp dry instant yeast
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 3 eggs
  • 160g butter, cubed,at room temperature
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp water, to make an egg wash

Recipe Method

  1. In a jug, place the milk, yeast and a tablespoon of caster sugar.
  2. Set aside for 5 minutes to allow the mixture to foam.
  3. In a cake mixer, place the rest of the sugar, flour and salt. Add the milk mixture and beat until the mix forms a breadcrumb consistency.
  4. Add the lemon and orange zest and poppy seeds, followed by the eggs, one at a time, making sure to beat well after each addition.
  5. Add the butter, one cube at a time, beating after each addition.
  6. After all the butter is incorporated, beat the dough for a further 8 minutes or until it comes away from the sides of the bowl.
  7. Place the dough into a large bowl and cover with cling film. Set aside in a warm place to prove for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  8. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a muffin tin.
  9. Punch down the dough and divide into 12 balls. Then divide each ball into 3 smaller balls. Place 3 balls in each muffin hole, then loosely cover with baking paper and leave for 20 minutes to prove or until almost doubled in size.
  10. Brush the top of each brioche with the egg wash, then place in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Turn out onto a wire rack for 5 minutes. Serve warm with jam.

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