Soft mascarpone brioche with lemon and cardamom pastry cream

This brioche becomes very soft and delicate thanks to the addition of mascarpone cheese in the dough. Little amount of yeast and longer leavening time let it stay fresh and soft even the next day. The shape is made of different size croissants filled with aromatic lemon and cardamom pastry cream. Garnish it with a light layer of powdered sugar and it is perfect to be served.

Soft mascarpone brioche with lemon and cardamom pastry cream

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Category: sweets and desserts, bakery

Cuisine: vegetarian

Yield: about 15 portions

Soft mascarpone brioche with lemon and cardamom pastry cream


    Mascarpone brioche
  • 4 g active dry yeast
  • 100 g sugar
  • 600 g all-purpose flour
  • 125 g mascarpone cheese
  • 30 g butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 270 g milk
    Pastry cream
  • 500 ml milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 80 g sugar
  • 70 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 lemon (only the rind)
  • 10 cardamom pods


2 hours 40 minutes waiting time.

Soft mascarpone brioche

Mix flour with sugar, salt and active dry yeast. Meanwhile, warm the milk with the butter. Let it cool down completely and add it to the flour. Mix then add mascarpone cheese.

Knead for minimum 10 minutes until it becomes elastic and smooth. Put it in a lightly greasy bowl and cover the bowl with a plastic wrap.

Place in a warm place for about 1.30 – 2 hours or until it doubles in volume. The brioche dough will become soft and fluffy. 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.

Lemon and cardamom pastry cream

Meanwhile, prepare pastry cream. Wash the lemon and blanch it with boiling water. Peel and use a very sharp knife to remove the white part in the lemon peel. Put lemon strips and 10 cardamom pods (that have been cut in half) into your milk. Turn on the fire and slowly warm the milk until the boiling point. Turn the heat off and let it cool down completely.

Using electric mixer, beat the yolks with sugar until it becomes clear and foamy (3 to 4 minutes). Add flour and mix briefly.

Take milk and pass it through a sieve, discard lemon rind, cardamom pods and seeds. Gradually add it to the egg mix stiring well each time with a hand whisk.

Pour the mixture into a bowl and turn on the heat. Cook on medium low flame mixing until the pastry cream becomes dense. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

How to assemble your brioche

After 2 hours deflate the dough and divide it into 2 equal parts. Using your hands or with a rolling pin flatten the dough in a circular shape about 0.5 centimeter high. Divide pastry cream in half and spread the first part over the dough.

Divide each circle into many triangles of different sizes and roll each triangle from the edge to the center to create croissants. Repeat with the other half of the dough.

Put your croissants in a rectangular baking tray covered with baking paper, cover them with a cotton cloth and let rise for another half an hour – 45 minutes.

Cook in the pre-heated static oven at 180 °C for 30 to 35 minutes. In case your brioche is getting brown too fast cover it with an aluminum foil. Bake, let it cool down completely, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

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Recipe notes

If you are looking for some amazinf and soft savory recipe that uses mascarpone cheese in the dough try my recipe for small focaccia with mascarpone cheese.

Soft mascarpone brioche with lemon and cardamom pastry cream
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