Extra soft brioche with crunchy caramelized brown sugar

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This super soft brioche is covered with caramelized brown sugar that creates a thin crispy layer over its surface. Delicate and delicious. Perfect for delicious breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee, butter and marmalade.

Extra soft brioche with crunchy caramelized brown sugar

Super soft brioche with crunchy caramelized brown sugar on top.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course bakery, sweets and desserts
Cuisine vegetarian
Servings 1 round brioche
Calories 111 kcal


  • 500 g strong bread flour
  • 7 g active dry yeast* see the notes to halve the yeast
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 lemon only the zest
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar + more for coating
  • 2 tsp barley malt syrup optional
  • 1 egg
  • 300 ml milk
  • 50 g butter


Instructions: Extra soft brioche with crunchy caramelized brown sugar

  • In a large bowl mix flour with active dry yeast, 2 tablespoons of sugar, a pinch of salt and the lemon zest.
  • Heat the milk over low flame together with the butter to melt it completely. Turn off the heat and let it cool down slightly. Pour the warm milk, barley malt syrup and the egg into the flour mix and begin to stir.
  • Knead the dough for minimum 10 minutes. The dough will be sticky at the beginning but gradually it will become smooth, homogeneous and elastic. The first step to obtain soft buns and brioche is to knead the dough long enough. Move the dough into a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  • The rising times are approximate, it can take more or less time depending on the temperature of the environment, the freshness of the yeast, the strength of the flour and other factors not related to the recipe.
  • After this period deflate the dough and divide it into 4 equal parts. With your hands, roll out each dough to create 4 long strands. Roll out each strand together with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar until they are covered completely. Give the form to the brioche following the instructions in the photos.
  • Move the brioche on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, cover with a cloth towel and let rise for about 45 minutes.
  • After this time cook this soft brioche in preheated oven at 180 °C for 35 minutes.


1 hour 45 minutes waiting time.
* To keep your bread, rolls, pizzas, focaccia and other yeast dough recipes soft and fragrant for longer, you need to cut the amount of active dry yeast in half and extend the rising time
The nutritional values are generated automatically for indicative purposes only and are therefore not completely accurate.


Serving: 1briocheCalories: 111kcal
Keyword brioche recipe, butter brioche, soft brioche, sweet breakfast
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Remove from the oven and let cool down completely before serving.

lot of love. B.

p.s. If you are looking for a recipe for a soft buns filled with fresh fruit or marmalade check my Jagodzianki – soft Polish buns filled with blueberries. (foto below)

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