Custard Brioche Buns with Bonne Maman Mixed Berry Preserves and Vanilla bean Streusel


 
Custard Brioche Buns with Bonne Maman Mixed Berry Preserves and Vanilla bean Streusel. Light and fluffy brioche rounds are filled with a vanilla bean custard, then finished with a swirl of Bonne Maman Mixed berry preserves, and a sprinkle of vanilla bean streusel. These are perfect for a super easy but incredibly delicious brunch, as everything can be prepared the night before, making assembling the next morning super easy. #brioche #custardbun #breakfastpastry
Custard Brioche Buns with Bonne Maman Mixed Berry Preserves and Vanilla bean Streusel. Light and fluffy brioche rounds are filled with a vanilla bean custard, then finished with a swirl of Bonne Maman Mixed berry preserves, and a sprinkle of vanilla bean streusel. These are perfect for a super easy but incredibly delicious brunch, as everything can be prepared the night before, making assembling the next morning super easy. #brioche #custardbun #breakfastpastry
Custard Brioche Buns with Bonne Maman Mixed Berry Preserves and Vanilla bean Streusel. Light and fluffy brioche rounds are filled with a vanilla bean custard, then finished with a swirl of Bonne Maman Mixed berry preserves, and a sprinkle of vanilla bean streusel. These are perfect for a super easy but incredibly delicious brunch, as everything can be prepared the night before, making assembling the next morning super easy. #brioche #custardbun #breakfastpastry
Custard Brioche Buns with Bonne Maman Mixed Berry Preserves and Vanilla bean Streusel. Light and fluffy brioche rounds are filled with a vanilla bean custard, then finished with a swirl of Bonne Maman Mixed berry preserves, and a sprinkle of vanilla bean streusel. These are perfect for a super easy but incredibly delicious brunch, as everything can be prepared the night before, making assembling the next morning super easy. #brioche #custardbun #breakfastpastry
Custard Brioche Buns with Bonne Maman Mixed Berry Preserves and Vanilla bean Streusel. Light and fluffy brioche rounds are filled with a vanilla bean custard, then finished with a swirl of Bonne Maman Mixed berry preserves, and a sprinkle of vanilla bean streusel. These are perfect for a super easy but incredibly delicious brunch, as everything can be prepared the night before, making assembling the next morning super easy. #brioche #custardbun #breakfastpastry
Custard Brioche Buns with Bonne Maman Mixed Berry Preserves and Vanilla bean Streusel. Light and fluffy brioche rounds are filled with a vanilla bean custard, then finished with a swirl of Bonne Maman Mixed berry preserves, and a sprinkle of vanilla bean streusel. These are perfect for a super easy but incredibly delicious brunch, as everything can be prepared the night before, making assembling the next morning super easy. #brioche #custardbun #breakfastpastry
Custard Brioche Buns with Bonne Maman Mixed Berry Preserves and Vanilla bean Streusel. Light and fluffy brioche rounds are filled with a vanilla bean custard, then finished with a swirl of Bonne Maman Mixed berry preserves, and a sprinkle of vanilla bean streusel. These are perfect for a super easy but incredibly delicious brunch, as everything can be prepared the night before, making assembling the next morning super easy. #brioche #custardbun #breakfastpastry

Hi! I’m coming at you with a super simple but crazy delicious Easter brunch (or anytime really) idea - these custard brioche buns, with Mixed Berries Preserves and vanilla bean streusel. It’s no secret that I love anything to do with brioche, but these are next level. Soft, pillowy brioche is filled with a silky vanilla bean custard, then swirled with a touch of preserves, and finished off with a sprinkle of streusel.

The inspiration from this recipe comes from a Scandinavian bakery I visited recently in Brooklyn with a friend. We had a Skolbrod, which is essentially a brioche bun, topped with custard, then finished off with coconut. I instantly knew that I had to recreate it, but couldn’t help adding in a few more elements. I replaced the coconut with a vanilla bean streusel which is sprinkled on before baking so goes beautifully toasty, and finished the buns with a big swirl of Mixed Berries Preserves.

I have partnered with Bonne Maman to bring you this recipe! You have probably seen their gorgeous preserves, jellies and curds in your supermarket - they are super distinctive in their angular jars with the pretty gingham lids. We have been eating their products for years in our house, so I am super excited to be working with them on this post. Their products are everything I look for in a preserve - simple, no fussy ingredients, and a recipe that has stayed the same since they were very first made. They taste just like homemade. I’m a huge fan.

I used Bonne Maman’s Mixed Berries Preserves in this particular recipe. I love the variation of fruit (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and wild strawberries), which goes so well with the custard - it is the perfect finishing touch that brings everything together and takes the buns to the next level. Aside from the Preserves, my other favourite part about this recipe is how easy it is to make ahead. The brioche can be made the day before, doing its first rise in the fridge, which makes the dough super easy to handle. Both the custard and the streusel topping can also be made ahead, and using Bonne Maman Preserves means another component is already done for you too, meaning that the day of baking, all you have to do is shape the buns, give them a rise, egg wash, then sprinkle with streusel, fill with custard, and then finish with the Preserves. They then have a quick spin in the oven and turn into the most perfect buns, which are best eaten straight from the oven. Happy Brunching! x

A few wee tips:

  • This dough is probably a little wetter than you are used to - but I promise you that it will work out. If it really seems super wet and isn’t eventually pulling away from the bowl, you can add an extra tablespoon of flour. Make sure you knead it until it is really soft and stretchy. The sticky dough leads to beautifully soft buns!

  • The first proof can be done overnight in the fridge - I prefer this because it makes the buns much easier to shape.

  • Ideally the custard also needs overnight in the fridge - but you can cool it in a few hours if you need to - just spread it into a shallow container so you have a thinner layer, meaning it cools a bit quicker.

  • I used Bonne Maman’s Mixed Berries Preserves for this particular recipe, but any of their preserves would be beautiful - I also love the raspberry, the apricot, and the blackberry, and I have been eyeing up the peach. If you wanted you could even pick up a few different flavours of the preserves to give a nice variation in both colour and flavour!

 

 

Custard Brioche Buns with Bonne Maman Mixed Berry Preserves and Vanilla Bean Streusel

- Makes 16 buns -

Brioche Dough
250g whole milk, lukewarm
100g sugar
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
560g all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
Zest of 2 lemons
2 eggs, at room temperature
1tsp vanilla bean paste
115g unsalted butter, at room temperature

Custard
80g sugar
50g cornstarch
130g egg yolks (about 7 yolks worth, but ensure you weigh to make sure)
550g whole milk
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1/2 tsp salt
40g unsalted butter

Streusel
80g all-purpose flour
60g sugar
40g unsalted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional)
Pinch of salt

For Assembly
One jar of Bonne Maman Mixed Berries Preserve
Egg wash - One egg whisked with 1 Tbsp water

 

- PROCESS -

Brioche DOUGH

Place the lukewarm milk, 15g of the sugar, and the yeast in a medium sized bowl, and stir to combine. Leave for 10-15 minutes, or until foamy.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, place the remaining 85g sugar, flour, salt, and lemon zest, and mix well to combine.

Add the milk mixture and the egg to the dry ingredients, and mix on low for 2-3 minutes. Increase the speed of the mixer to medium, and mix for a further 10 minutes. Add the butter a little at a time, waiting until it is incorporated until adding the next piece. Mix for a further 10-15 minutes, until the dough is smooth and soft. If you are finding the dough will not pull away from the bowl, add an extra tablespoon of flour.

Flour your hands, remove the dough from the mixing bowl, and quickly shape into a ball. Lightly grease the bowl with butter or baking spray, then place the ball of dough back into the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.

CUSTARD

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar and corn starch (this helps the corn starch to stay lump free). Add the egg yolks and whisk well to combine.

In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, warm the milk, vanilla bean paste, and salt, until just shy of a simmer. Whisking constantly, pour about half of the warm milk mixture onto the egg yolk mixture, then mix briskly to combine. Add back into the saucepan with the rest of the milk and place over a low heat.

Cook the custard, whisking constantly, until thick. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, mixing until incorporated and lump free. Strain through a mesh sieve into a container, and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the custard. Place in the fridge to cool completely, ideally overnight.

STREUSEL

In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, and salt. Add Vanilla bean paste if using, then add the butter, and rub in with your fingertips until it resembles wet sand. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

ASSEMBLY

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Weigh the dough, and divide into 16 pieces. Cover the pieces you are not working with with a piece of plastic wrap lightly coated in baking spray.

Shape each piece of dough into a ball, then, using a cupped hand, roll on the work surface until it forms a nice taut ball. Place back under the plastic to rest for 5 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface, working with one piece of dough at a time, flatten into a disc, then roll out into a circle approximately 3 inches (7.5cm) in diameter. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the dough balls - you should be able to fit 8 on each baking sheet.

Cover each baking sheet with a clean tea towel, and leave to rise for about 45 minutes, until puffy. Preheat the oven to 350°f / 180°c. Arrange two oven racks evenly in the oven.

Remove the custard from the fridge and whisk briefly to ensure that it has a cohesive texture, then transfer to a piping bag and snip off the end.

Using a measuring cup lightly dusted with flour (I used a 1/3 cup and it was the perfect size), press down in the centre of each circle of dough to create an indentation. Brush each round of dough with egg wash, then pipe a mound of custard into each hole in the buns. I find it easiest to work with one tray at a time, completing the assembly process before moving onto the next to prevent the egg wash drying out.

Smooth down the custard slightly using an offset spatula, then top with about 1 tsp of Bonne Maman Mixed Berries Preserves. Sprinkle the edge of each bun with the streusel, making sure to not get it on the filling. Repeat with the second tray of buns.

Bake the buns for 20 to 25 minutes, swapping the top and bottom trays over and rotating half way through the baking process, until the buns are golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before eating. Best served warm.

Store remaining buns in an airtight container. Warm slightly in the microwave before serving to freshen up the bread and warm up the preserves.

Custard Brioche Buns with Bonne Maman Mixed Berry Preserves and Vanilla bean Streusel. Light and fluffy brioche rounds are filled with a vanilla bean custard, then finished with a swirl of Bonne Maman Mixed berry preserves, and a sprinkle of vanilla bean streusel. These are perfect for a super easy but incredibly delicious brunch, as everything can be prepared the night before, making assembling the next morning super easy. #brioche #custardbun #breakfastpastry

Thank you so much to Bonne Maman for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

Cheese, Spring Onion, and Chive Brioche Buns


 
Cheese, Spring Onion, and Chive Brioche Buns - fluffy brioche is rolled out thin, then spread with a cheese sauce filling, sprinkled with spring onion and chives, and rolled up into a tight spiral. It is then cut up into buns, snuggled into a skillet, and baked to golden perfection. The perfect savoury bun! #cheesebuns #cheeserolls #cheeseandchive
Cheese, Spring Onion, and Chive Brioche Buns - fluffy brioche is rolled out thin, then spread with a cheese sauce filling, sprinkled with spring onion and chives, and rolled up into a tight spiral. It is then cut up into buns, snuggled into a skillet, and baked to golden perfection. The perfect savoury bun! #cheesebuns #cheeserolls #cheeseandchive
Cheese, Spring Onion, and Chive Brioche Buns - fluffy brioche is rolled out thin, then spread with a cheese sauce filling, sprinkled with spring onion and chives, and rolled up into a tight spiral. It is then cut up into buns, snuggled into a skillet, and baked to golden perfection. The perfect savoury bun! #cheesebuns #cheeserolls #cheeseandchive
Cheese, Spring Onion, and Chive Brioche Buns - fluffy brioche is rolled out thin, then spread with a cheese sauce filling, sprinkled with spring onion and chives, and rolled up into a tight spiral. It is then cut up into buns, snuggled into a skillet, and baked to golden perfection. The perfect savoury bun! #cheesebuns #cheeserolls #cheeseandchive
Cheese, Spring Onion, and Chive Brioche Buns - fluffy brioche is rolled out thin, then spread with a cheese sauce filling, sprinkled with spring onion and chives, and rolled up into a tight spiral. It is then cut up into buns, snuggled into a skillet, and baked to golden perfection. The perfect savoury bun! #cheesebuns #cheeserolls #cheeseandchive
Cheese, Spring Onion, and Chive Brioche Buns - fluffy brioche is rolled out thin, then spread with a cheese sauce filling, sprinkled with spring onion and chives, and rolled up into a tight spiral. It is then cut up into buns, snuggled into a skillet, and baked to golden perfection. The perfect savoury bun! #cheesebuns #cheeserolls #cheeseandchive
Cheese, Spring Onion, and Chive Brioche Buns - fluffy brioche is rolled out thin, then spread with a cheese sauce filling, sprinkled with spring onion and chives, and rolled up into a tight spiral. It is then cut up into buns, snuggled into a skillet, and baked to golden perfection. The perfect savoury bun! #cheesebuns #cheeserolls #cheeseandchive

I think we all know by now my intense love for swirly bread. I developed a killer brioche recipe a few years back, and it sneaks its way onto here at least once a month - in doughnuts, babka, fancy knots, buns, rolls, pull-apart bread, you name it, it’s probably lurking around here somewhere. The thing I love the most about brioche is how versatile it is. You can switch up the filling or ingredients slightly, change up the baking or frying method, and you have a whole new recipe.

Today I am sharing the recipe for these Cheese, Spring Onion, and Chive Brioche Buns. These first came about when I was testing for another recipe and was left with a batch of brioche dough in the fridge. I also happened to have a batch of cheese sauce from another recipe test, so I combined them, and the result was magical. These are just essentially a savoury version of the cinnamon roll - enriched dough is spread with a chilled cheese sauce filling, sprinkled with spring onions (scallions for those in the US) and chives, and then rolled into a tight spiral and snuggled up in a skillet. They kind of taste like the pizza rolls that we grew up on as kids that we used to get from the supermarket. They are great on their own, or amazing served alongside a soup for an easy meal. The cheese sauce filling is also perfect for using up the weird odds and ends of cheese you have in your fridge (or is that just me). Either way, swirly bread is the best, and I think this is a recipe you are going to love. Enjoy! x

A few wee tips:

  • The great thing about the cheese sauce in this recipe is that you can use whatever you like in it - I usually have a whole range of cheese in my fridge, so use whatever you have! Just make sure that the total amount of cheese is the same as the weight in the recipe (250g).

  • The cream cheese in the recipe really helps to smooth out the filling.

  • Ideally the cheese sauce needs to be chilled overnight, but no worries at all if you don’t have time for that- just place it into a shallow container or bowl, chill for 20 min in the freezer, give it a good stir, then place in the fridge to continue chilling. Ideally make it before you get started on the bread dough so that it has as much time to chill as possible.

  • I like making my brioche dough the night before sometimes - it means that it’s super easy to roll out if it’s a little cooler, and it breaks up the tasks, making it a little more manageable.

 

 

Cheese, Spring Onion, and Chive Brioche Buns

- Makes 9 buns -

Bread Dough
1 envelope (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
250g (1 cup) whole milk, lukewarm
2 Tbsp (25g) sugar
565g (3 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, at room temperature
90g (6 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature

Cheese Sauce Filling
30g unsalted butter
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
300g (1 1/4 cup) whole milk
Salt and Pepper to Season
100g sharp cheddar, grated
75g gouda, grated
75g parmesan cheese, grated
70g cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tsp wholegrain mustard

Filling
2 Spring onions (scallions), finely chopped
3 Tbsp finely chopped fresh chives, plus a little more for garnish

Egg wash - 1 egg whisked with 1 Tbsp water
Pretzel salt for finishing (optional)

 

- PROCESS -

BREAD DOUGH

In a small bowl, combine the yeast, milk and 1 Tbsp of the sugar. Mix well, and leave to sit for 10-15 minutes, or until foamy.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the flour, salt, and remaining 1 Tbsp sugar. Mix briefly to combine. Add the eggs and foamy yeast mixture to the bowl. Mix on low for 2-3 minutes, until the dough is starting to come together. It may look slightly dry but do not worry - it will mix together nicely in the next steps. Increase the mixer speed to medium, and mix for another 10 minutes, until the dough is soft and smooth.

Reduce the mixer speed to low, and add the butter a little at a time, waiting until it is fully incorporated into the dough before adding the next piece. This process should take 3-4 minutes. Once the butter is fully incorporated, increase the mixer speed to medium, and mix for a further 5 minutes, until the dough is very soft and smooth.

Transfer to an oiled bowl, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot until doubled in size, approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours. Alternatively the first rise can be done overnight in the fridge.

 

CHEESE SAUCE FILLING

In a medium pot, melt the butter, and then add the flour, whisking well to combine. Cook, for 1-2 minutes over medium heat, or until the mixture is bubbly and foaming slightly. Remove from the heat, and, whisking constantly, add the milk. Whisk well to combine, then return to the heat and cook for a further 4-5 minutes, whisking continuously, until the mixture has thickened. Season well with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and add the sharp cheddar, gouda, parmesan, and the cream cheese, and mix well to incorporate, continuing to stir until the cheese is melted. Add the wholegrain mustard and stir well.

Transfer to an airtight container, and press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the cheese sauce. Place in the refrigerator until completely cool, 3-4 hours or ideally overnight.

ASSEMBLY

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and roll to a 18”x20” (45cmx50cm) rectangle. Spread with the cheese sauce filling, and sprinkle with the spring onions and chives. Starting with the short edge, roll up the dough into a tight spiral. Press lightly on the seam to seal.

Lightly grease a 10” cast iron skillet or springform pan. Using a sharp bread knife and a ruler, cut the log of dough into 9 2” pieces. Arrange in the skillet, leaving room between for rising.

Lightly cover the skillet with plastic wrap, and place in a warm spot for 45 minutes to an hour, until puffy. About 20 minutes before the buns are finished rising, preheat the oven to 350°f / 180°c. Brush the tops of the buns with egg wash, and sprinkle with pretzel salt.

Bake the buns for 30 to 35 minutes, until they are golden brown on top and register 200°f / 95°c internal temperature.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with additional chives. Serve warm or at room temperature - reheat briefly in the microwave before eating to help freshen up.

Cheese, Spring Onion, and Chive Brioche Buns - fluffy brioche is rolled out thin, then spread with a cheese sauce filling, sprinkled with spring onion and chives, and rolled up into a tight spiral. It is then cut up into buns, snuggled into a skillet, and baked to golden perfection. The perfect savoury bun! #cheesebuns #cheeserolls #cheeseandchive

Rhubarb Sticky Buns with Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Frosting


 
Rhubarb Sticky Buns - Brioche Spiked with vanilla, filled with rhubarb quick jam, and finished with a vanilla bean mascarpone frosting. #stickybuns #rhubarb #vanillabean #cloudykitchen
Rhubarb Sticky Buns - Brioche Spiked with vanilla, filled with rhubarb quick jam, and finished with a vanilla bean mascarpone frosting. #stickybuns #rhubarb #vanillabean #cloudykitchen
Rhubarb Sticky Buns - Brioche Spiked with vanilla, filled with rhubarb quick jam, and finished with a vanilla bean mascarpone frosting. #stickybuns #rhubarb #vanillabean #cloudykitchen
Rhubarb Sticky Buns - Brioche Spiked with vanilla, filled with rhubarb quick jam, and finished with a vanilla bean mascarpone frosting. #stickybuns #rhubarb #vanillabean #cloudykitchen
Rhubarb Sticky Buns - Brioche Spiked with vanilla, filled with rhubarb quick jam, and finished with a vanilla bean mascarpone frosting. #stickybuns #rhubarb #vanillabean #cloudykitchen
Rhubarb Sticky Buns - Brioche Spiked with vanilla, filled with rhubarb quick jam, and finished with a vanilla bean mascarpone frosting. #stickybuns #rhubarb #vanillabean #cloudykitchen
Rhubarb Sticky Buns - Brioche Spiked with vanilla, filled with rhubarb quick jam, and finished with a vanilla bean mascarpone frosting. #stickybuns #rhubarb #vanillabean #cloudykitchen
Rhubarb Sticky Buns - Brioche Spiked with vanilla, filled with rhubarb quick jam, and finished with a vanilla bean mascarpone frosting. #stickybuns #rhubarb #vanillabean #cloudykitchen
Rhubarb Sticky Buns - Brioche Spiked with vanilla, filled with rhubarb quick jam, and finished with a vanilla bean mascarpone frosting. #stickybuns #rhubarb #vanillabean #cloudykitchen
Rhubarb Sticky Buns - Brioche Spiked with vanilla, filled with rhubarb quick jam, and finished with a vanilla bean mascarpone frosting. #stickybuns #rhubarb #vanillabean #cloudykitchen
Rhubarb Sticky Buns - Brioche Spiked with vanilla, filled with rhubarb quick jam, and finished with a vanilla bean mascarpone frosting. #stickybuns #rhubarb #vanillabean #cloudykitchen

I spent a while to think about something fun or witty to say here, but all I can think of is how hot it is here, how I have a ridiculous amount of things to do (don't we all - I hate people who complain about how busy they are but just let me for one quick sec), and how i'm happy and also sad that bunny, our perfect wee foster cat has potentially found her forever home! I am so happy for her - the people adopting her couldn't be more perfect, but i'm also not so secretly gutted to be saying goodbye to her. She came to us as a scared little nugget who wouldn't leave her bed in her socialisation crate for two weeks, and over the last three months, with a load of hard work, has transformed into the most perfect little weirdo! I don't think saying goodbye will ever get easier, but i'm going to stop talking about it now because it's making the computer screen a bit blurry. 

Something that is fun and maybe witty though - these rhubarb sticky buns! Cinnamon buns / morning buns / sticky buns / scrolls / whatever you like to call them, are my favourite type of bread to make. I love how versatile the dough is (I use my fave brioche dough, which can be used for doughnuts, babka, burger buns etc), how you can fill them with anything you like, and also how it's totally acceptable to load them up with icing.  

I figured I might as well make the most of rhubarb season still being in full swing, so I made a batch of brioche dough, spiked with a little vanilla bean paste (more on that later), then filled it with a super simple rhubarb vanilla bean compote. Once they had rested for their second proof and been baked off, I finished them with a vanilla bean mascarpone frosting, which I deliberately left on the slightly less sweet side to really let the rhubarb shine through.  These are probably some of the best buns i've made - they rival the chelsea buns which are possibly my forever faves. The rhubarb is tart, the brioche fluffy, and mascarpone should be put on / in everything forever and ever. 

These buns had a triple dose of vanilla bean paste in them - in the dough, the filling and the frosting. I used my very fave vanilla from an amazing New Zealand company called Heilala Vanilla. Not only are they a NZ company run by the most incredible people breaking into the international market, but they have a very special story, one which makes me very proud to use their product, and super excited to share with you guys! 

Tonga, which is a country in the South Pacific made up of a chain of small islands, was hit insanely hard by a cyclone in 2002, greatly damaging their economy and infrastructure. The Ross Family planted a small vanilla plantation as an aid project - a way to inject some money and employment back into the community. Since their first harvest, with the growth of the use of vanilla in commercial and home kitchens, they have gone on to partner with growers all over Tonga, injecting money back into the Tongan economy, specifically in relation to providing women with jobs, and providing kitchens all over the world with responsibly sourced, organically grown Vanilla. You can read more about their story here.

Their story is special, but the Vanilla is also INSANE. I use it in almost everything I make (it gets used a bit like salt - goes in everything), and I can't recommend it enough. If you would like to try it, you can purchase on Amazon, or we are giving away four sets of a year's supply of vanilla (12 jars) - two here on the blog, and two over on Instagram!

All you have to do is make sure you are subscribed to my mailing list (the wee box on the side!), and then leave a comment letting me know what your favourite thing to make with vanilla is! Competition is open until 8pm on the 29th July, 2018, and is open to US residents only. Oh, and make these buns. Because they are bomb. 

A few wee tips:

  • Prepare the rhubarb compote ahead of time, or before you start to make the dough, so that it has time to cool before you spread.

  • Want to make these for breakfast? The first proof can be done overnight in the fridge!

  • I deliberately left the frosting a little on the not so sweet side - feel free to adjust if you think it needs a little more icing sugar.

  • The brioche dough may feel hard to roll out at first. If you find it is springing back on you, give it 5 minutes to relax before rolling. The rolling and cutting process will feel sloppy and look messy, but once the buns are in their baking tray you can nudge them back into shape a little. They also look much better once they have risen / baked - promise!

  • These don't have to be made with rhubarb - any type of quick jam in the filling will work! You may just need to bear in mind that the sugar in the frosting may need adjusting.

  • The weight for the rhubarb is the weight of the chopped rhubarb - so you need 750g prepared.

 

 

Rhubarb Sticky Buns with Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Frosting

- Makes about 12 -

Rhubarb Quick Jam
750g Rhubarb (chopped weight), trimmed and chopped into approx 2" pieces
375g granulated sugar
Pinch Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
 

Brioche Dough
1 envelope (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
1 cup (240ml) whole milk, lukewarm
4 Tbsp sugar
3 3/4 cups (565g) all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
90g (6 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature

Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Frosting
225g Mascarpone
225g cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
100g Powdered sugar, sifted

 

- PROCESS -

RHUBARB QUICK JAM

Combine the rhubarb, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture comes to the boil. Reduce the heat slightly, and cook for a further 10-15 minutes, stirring often, until thick and jammy. Remove from the heat and allow to cool before stirring in the vanilla bean paste. Set aside to cool completely. Store in a jar in the fridge until ready to use.

BRIOCHE DOUGH

In a small bowl, combine the yeast, milk and 2 Tbsp of the sugar. Mix well, and leave to sit for 10-15 minutes, or until foamy.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the flour, salt, and remaining 2 Tbsp sugar. Mix briefly to combine. Add the eggs, vanilla, and foamy yeast mixture to the bowl. Mix on low for 2-3 minutes, until the dough is starting to come together. It may look slightly dry but do not worry - it will mix together nicely in the next steps. Increase the mixer speed to medium, and mix for another 10 minutes, until the dough is soft and smooth. 

Reduce the mixer speed to low, and add the butter a little at a time, waiting until it is fully incorporated into the dough before adding the next piece. This process should take 3-4 minutes. Once the butter is fully incorporated, increase the mixer speed to medium, and mix for a further 5 minutes, until the dough is very soft and smooth. 

Transfer to an oiled bowl, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot until doubled in size, approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours. 

ASSEMBLY AND BAKING

Lightly grease a 9" x 13" baking dish or pan. Turn the brioche dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and pat into a rectangle. Roll out to a 24" x 18" rectangle, using a bench scraper to help keep the edges square. 

Spread the rhubarb quick jam evenly over the surface of the dough, and, starting with a short end, roll the dough up into a tight sausage. Cut the sausage into 2" lengths (I find cutting the whole thing in half, then each half into two, and then each quarter section into 3 works best). If your sausage is not 24" long (lol), measure the length first before you cut, and divide the length by 12 so your pieces are even. 

Arrange each bun in your prepared baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise in a warm spot for 45 min to an hour, or  until they have gone puffy, and when lightly poked, your finger leaves a slight indentation that bounces back. This second proving time will depend on the weather - it will go much quicker in warmer climates.

Toward the end of the second proof, preheat the oven to 350˚f / 180˚c. 

Remove the plastic wrap, and bake the buns for 35-45 minutes, or until golden brown (finished internal temp of 200˚f). If you think they are browning too quickly, tent with foil after 20 minutes. While the buns are baking, make the vanilla bean mascarpone frosting. 

Remove the buns from the oven, and allow to cool for 15 min before frosting generously with the frosting.

VANILLA BEAN MASCARPONE FROSTING

Place all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip until smooth and fluffy. Taste and adjust sugar content if necessary.

Spread generously over the buns. Serve immediately.

Store leftovers in an airtight container. Briefly rewarm before eating.

Rhubarb Sticky Buns - Brioche Spiked with vanilla, filled with rhubarb quick jam, and finished with a vanilla bean mascarpone frosting. #stickybuns #rhubarb #vanillabean #cloudykitchen

Thank you so much to Heilala Vanilla for providing me with the vanilla for this post and the giveaway!