No Knead Brioche Brown Butter Buns

No Knead Brioche Brown Butter Buns // The Sugar Hit


This no-knead dough is so delicious, you’re going to want to make a sleeping bag out of it. And I just might. And then I’m gonna make a pillow out of that glaze and go to sleep in a sticky, buttery puddle of happiness.


These are a classic cinnamon bun, made with no-knead brioche dough, and topped with a brown butter glaze. And that glaze is the stuff of dreams, I tell ya. And the dough is too. There’s a real sleep/dream theme to this post so far, isn’t there? Let’s go with it.


No Knead Brioche Brown Butter Buns // The Sugar Hit


Actually, you know what it is? I think I’m tired. My man-friend and I went and checked out Inherent Vice last night, and then came home and watched most of Housesitter, which was on TV. So we had a lazy, late night.


Inherent Vice? Pretty good. Great cast, I love the 1970 vibe, thought the acting was great, but the story was a little meandering. Housesitter? Goldie Hawn + Steve Martin = amazing. Either of those two in anything and I’m there.


But today I’m just generally tired, and I’m pretty much over-the-moon about the fact that it’s Saturday tomorrow and I can sleep to my little heart’s content. I’m gonna sleep so hard, my pillow won’t know what hit it.


No Knead Brioche Brown Butter Buns // The Sugar Hit


Before I go to bed, though, I’m gonna stir together another batch of this dough, so that I can bake more brioche in the morning. And yes, I mean stir. Like in a bowl, with a spoon. This recipe is from the good folks at Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, and it is truly a miracle. The only change I made was to switch the honey out for plain sugar.


So I suggest you do as I’m going to, and get out a wooden spoon for a batch of this dough. And then after a quick roll and a few lazy hours of resting, you too can enjoy these glorious buns. And that (plus sleeping) is what Saturday mornings are all about, yo.


xx Sarah.


No Knead Brioche Brown Butter Buns // The Sugar Hit


No Knead Brioche Brown Butter Buns
Serves: 12
  • ½ Batch No Knead Brioche Dough (link above in post)
For the filling:
  • ½ stick (50g) butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup caster sugar
For the glaze:
  • 3 tbsp (50g) butter
  • 1 cup (130g) icing sugar
  • Milk
  1. First, make the dough as per the instructions on Artisan Bread. Stir together the ingredients, and then refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next morning, take the dough from the fridge, and roll it out into a large square, just under ½ inch thick.
  3. Melt the butter for the filling and spread it over the dough, and then sprinkle over the sugars and cinnamon.
  4. Roll up the dough tightly into a log, and slice into twelve buns. Place them onto a lined baking sheet, cover loosely with plastic and leave to rise for 1-1.5 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Set the buns aside to cool completely.
  6. To make the glaze, place the butter into a small saucepan over a medium heat. Melt the butter, and then continue to cook it, swirling the pan, until the butter foams up and turns a deep brown.
  7. Place the icing sugar into a small bowl, add the butter, and stir together, adding a splash of milk or as much as you need to make a glaze consistency.
  8. Drizzle the glaze over the buns and serve.


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