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Cinnamon Sugar Brioche Buns

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These cinnamon sugar brioche buns are a great make ahead breakfast treat and are perfect for a special holiday or celebration! The brioche dough is buttery and eggy creating a soft and light texture. Then the dough is generously doused in layers of cinnamon and sugar. There’s nothing more delicious than these brioche buns, every bite will have you wanting more!

Baked by Alie Romano

Professional Baker and Recipe Developer

* Make sure to read the entire blog post. Every step matters, and I’ll provide helpful tips along the way!

Cinnamon Sugar Brioche Buns
Making yeast bread does take a little time or should I say planning. But what’s great with a recipe like this is you can do all of the hard work the day before. Then simply pop the trays in the fridge to bake first thing in the morning for hot, fresh out of the oven buns! By all means you can bake them right away too but they are best enjoyed the day of! And who doesn’t love the smell of fresh baking first thing in the morning?
My favourite part about these cinnamon sugar brioche buns are the bottoms! They are just the right amount of sticky and gooey where the butter has caramelized with the cinnamon and sugar, creating a little pool of sugary sweetness! Be warned though, you better remove the buns out of the muffin tins before the sugar cools and hardens, or the buns will stick to the bottoms of the pan. To avoid this simply flip each brioche bun over.

Tips on working with Yeast

You can find yeast at many stores but I buy mine at Bulk Barn Foods where I can purchase as little or as much as I like. Yeast can be purchased in packages but I prefer to buy it loose and store it in a dark jar in the fridge. This saves on packaging as well which I’m a big fan of!

  1. Always check if the yeast is still active. Yeast does have an expiry date. If the yeast doesn’t froth or bubble then it is most likely dead. The more bubbles and froth produced the more active the yeast.
  2. Make sure you are using the right type of yeast in the recipe. There are different types of yeast: instant, active, or fresh, so read the recipe before buying yeast. I strictly use active dry yeast in all my recipes, as I prefer to work with this yeast and it’s easily accessible at many stores.
  3. Store yeast in the fridge for best results.
  4. When soaking active dry yeast in liquid, make sure the water isn’t too hot. If the water is too hot you can kill the yeast.
  5. When salt comes into direct contact with yeast it will also kill it. Make sure salt is the last step when mixing together.
  6. Sugar will help activate yeast. You will normally see recipes add a little sugar or honey to the soaking (blooming)  stage. This is to help your yeast activate.
  7. One package of yeast is 2 1/4 teaspoons.

I hope you love these cinnamon sugar brioche buns as much as I do! And I promise they are worth the work! You’ll have every guest and family member raving about how wonderful they are! Happy Baking.

Cinnamon Sugar Brioche Buns

How To Make Cinnamon Sugar Brioche Buns

  • Let dough rest for approx. 1 hour or until doubled in size. Punch dough down and release all the air.
Cinnamon Sugar Brioche Buns
  • On a lightly floured work surface roll dough out into a rectangle approx. 12 x 16 inches. Spread butter over the entire surface and cover in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Cinnamon Sugar Brioche Buns
  • Fold the dough in half. The cinnamon sugar side should be in the centre. Gently re-roll the rectangle again to approx. 10 x 16 inches. Add butter and cinnamon sugar mixture. Fold, and re-roll one more time.
Cinnamon Sugar Brioche Buns
  • Add butter and cinnamon sugar mixture. Now starting at the long side of the rectangle, tightly roll into a log.
  • Add rolls to a buttered and sugared muffin pan.
Cinnamon Sugar Brioche Buns
  • Cover and let buns rest for 20-30 minutes.
Cinnamon Sugar Brioche Buns
Cinnamon Sugar Brioche Buns
Cinnamon Sugar Brioche Buns
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Cinnamon Sugar Brioche Buns

These brioche buns are super soft, addictive and are filled with loads of cinnamon and sugar layers. They make the perfect treat to enjoy for a special brunch. You can make them the day ahead and bake fresh in the morning to enjoy hot out of the oven. They are best enjoyed the day of!

  • Author: Alie Romano
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 55 mins
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: French

Ingredients

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  • 3/4 cup milk, warmed
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (Bulk Barn Foods)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, at room temperature

Filling

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer add warmed milk, yeast and sugar together. Let rest for 10 minutes or until mixture is frothy.
  2. In a small bowl whisk eggs together. Add eggs to yeast mixture. Then add 3 cups of the flour (reserving 1 cup) and the salt.
  3. Using the dough hook, mix ingredients on low to medium speed until the dough comes together. Slowly add chunks of the butter, letting the butter incorporate before adding more butter. Use the reserved flour as needed to help the butter mix into the dough (don’t worry if the dough looks a little messy, it will come together).
  4. Once the butter and flour are incorporated, turn the speed to medium – high and beat for approx. 8 minutes (you may add a little more flour if needed) or until the dough is smooth and once pressed, bounces back a little.
  5. Turn the dough out and shape into a ball.
  6. Grease a large bowl with oil, add the dough and cover with plastic wrap. Let dough rest for approx. 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Meanwhile make your filling. Add brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon together. Mix well.
  8. Grease a muffin tin with butter and set aside.
  9. Punch dough down and release all the air.
  10. On a lightly floured work surface roll dough out into a rectangle approx. 12 x 16 inches. Spread butter over the entire surface and cover in the cinnamon sugar mixture (you will be doing this 3 times so reserve some of the butter and sugar). Using your hands, gently press the sugar into the butter.
  11. Now fold the dough lengthwise in half. The cinnamon sugar side should be in the centre. Gently re-roll the rectangle again to approx. 10 x 16 inches. Add butter and cinnamon sugar mixture. Fold one more time and re-roll dough.
  12. This should now be the third time you are rolling out your dough. Again, spread butter over the entire surface and cover in the cinnamon sugar mixture, pressing sugar into the butter.
  13. Starting at the long side of the rectangle, tightly roll into a log.
  14. Using a serrated knife, cut rolls approximately 1 inch thick.
  15. Add the leftover cinnamon sugar mixture to the bottoms of the muffin cups.
  16. Gently place rolls into each muffin cup. Cover in plastic and let rest for approx. 20-30 minutes.
  17. At this stage you can either place the rolls into the fridge overnight to bake fresh in the morning or bake right away.
  18. While the buns rest, preheat oven to 350˚F.
  19. Bake in the bottom third of the oven for 20-25 minutes.
  20. Let buns cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing.
  21. Enjoy warm.

Notes

If baking cinnamon sugar brioche buns the next day, take buns out of the fridge while the oven preheats and bake as directed.

Best enjoyed the day of.
Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 271
  • Sugar: 13.6g
  • Sodium: 238mg
  • Fat: 11.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 38.1g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Protein: 5.1g
  • Cholesterol: 61mg

Keywords: Brioche Buns, Cinnamon Buns, Holiday Baking, Christmas Baking, Breakfast, Brunch, Cinnamon

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FAQ’s

How many teaspoons are in a package of active dry yeast?

One package of yeast is 2 1/4 teaspoons.

How do you use yeast properly?

– Always check if the yeast is still active. Yeast does have an expiry date. If the yeast doesn’t froth or bubble then it is most likely dead. The more bubbles and froth produced the more active the yeast.
– Make sure you are using the right type of yeast in the recipe. There are different types of yeast: instant, active, or fresh, so read the recipe before buying yeast. I strictly use active dry yeast in all my recipes, as I prefer to work with this yeast and it’s easily accessible at many stores.
– Store yeast in the fridge for best results.
– When soaking active dry yeast in liquid, make sure the water isn’t too hot. If the water is too hot you can kill the yeast.
– When salt comes into direct contact with yeast it will also kill it. Make sure salt is the last step when mixing together.
– Sugar will help activate yeast. You will normally see recipes add a little sugar or honey to the soaking (blooming)  stage. This is to help your yeast activate.

Can I make cinnamon sugar brioche buns the night before?

Yes, you can make these (and any cinnamon buns) the night before and bake them fresh in the morning. Simply stop at the step just before baking, cover in plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight (this will slow down the proofing of the bread). In the morning take out the buns, preheat the oven and let the buns sit at room temperature for approx. 20 minutes. Place the buns in the oven and continue the instructions in the recipe.

What’s the difference between active dry yeast and instant yeast?

Active dry yeast has a coating that protects the yeast. It needs to be dissolved before adding into the dough. It’s first dissolved in lukewarm liquid (water, milk) and sometimes has sugar added to help the yeast activate. Instant yeast is directly added to dough and does not need to be dissolved first.

This blog post has been sponsored by Bulk Barn Canada where you can find all your bread making needs! All opinions are my own and I’m so happy to work with brands I love so I can continue to share these recipes with all of you! I hope you guys get to a Bulk Barn soon and try out this recipe! 

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Denise Chow
Denise Chow
2 years ago
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Thanks foe the step by step photos! Really helpful. Such a yummy recipe.

Jackie
Jackie
2 years ago
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Haven’t actually made these yet.. but it’s definitely going to have to happen!

Cmjohn
Cmjohn
2 years ago

Hi there. How much butter is needed? 1/2 stick or 1/2 cup? Recipe is missing that…thank you

Arianne
Arianne
2 years ago
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I hadn’t baked in many years, but these looked so beautiful that I had to try. The instructions were easy to follow, especially with the step by step photos. They turned out amazing and are incredibly delicious! I will definitely be making them again.

Anne MacGregor
Anne MacGregor
2 years ago
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I just made these and I have to stop eating them!!!!!!!!!!! They look exactly like the photo and were super easy to make. The brioche bun is just darned perfect and so much cinnamon! I used it all when spreading it out. I will make a bit more to add in the muffin pan…more gooey! Yum. Look forward to checking out more of your recipes. btw…5 stars just aren’t enough. 🙂

Anne MacGregor
Anne MacGregor
2 years ago
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This is a p.s. to my first post. I don’t have a stand mixer, so I used a wooden spoon and then my hands and kneaded everything together. It all worked out just fine.

Elna Mayberry
Elna Mayberry
2 years ago

Was given this recipe in the Bulk Barn email. So for the filling, you divide the butter into 3 parts and the cinnamon sugar mix into 4 parts? 3 for the rolling & re-rolling, and then the 4th part of the sugar for the tins before adding the rolls? Not quite sure how much of the cinnamon sugar mix would be “leftover”?

Tim
Tim
1 year ago
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These are really good. I usually make morning buns when I make a batch of homemade croissants, but this is a nice recipe without the painstaking lamination. I made some as New Years gifts for my neighbors and added a spritz of gold glitter spray on top, and that made them extra magnificent.

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