We love making burgers in the summertime and one of our favorite buns to use are Aldi’s brioche buns. However, I know that store bought bread has extra ingredients added to them that aren’t the healthiest plus I enjoy making yeast breads, so I finally decided to make my own.
Brioche is a rich and buttery bread from France. I know I’m being very non-traditional in making an olive oil brioche! My husband said Julia Child would be displeased. 😀 However my reasoning for using olive oil is that it’s generally healthier and it’s just so much easier combining oil into a yeast bread over butter.
1 cup warm water
3 tablepsoons milk
2 teaspoons yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons sugar
1 egg, beaten
3 – 4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
In a large bowl whisk together the warm water, milk, yeast, olive oil, and sugar. Let sit for a few minutes. Then add the egg and combine.
Measure out 2 cups of flour and mix the salt into that. Add to the liquid ingredients and combine. Mix in the rest of the flour until it forms a soft, slightly sticky dough. Knead for 5-8 minutes to activate the gluten and create a soft elastic dough.
Cover and rise for 1 hour. Punch dough down and then take out of bowl and divide into 8 pieces. Flatten each piece out slightly and then bring all ends together forming a nice even ball shape. Place preferably on a parchment covered baking sheet (ironically for my blog name, I’m all out!) and cover. Preheat oven to 400 degrees while the buns rise for a half hour.
Before placing in oven put a pan with sides on the bottom rack of the oven with about a half cup of water to create steam while the buns bake on the rack above. Place rested buns in oven for 15- 20 minutes.
Brush with butter on top and let cool.