Stephanie is my final guest post for the week, in theory I’m still laying by a pool with a fedora on my head and a good book in my hands. In reality, I’m probably still thinking about these brioche buns. These are the recipes I can’t get enough of from Stephanie. She really is the master of yeasty, carb-y, delicious breads.


Hi there, Susie Freaking Homemaker readers! My name is Stephanie and I bake, blog and babble over at Girl Versus Dough. I’m so honored to be posting on Mackenzie’s blog while she is on her trip (though a leeetle sad I couldn’t fit into her suitcase). So let’s console our non-vacationing selves with a recipe for garlic cheddar brioche buns, shall we?

Now before you panic because you just realized this is a yeast bread recipe, know this — brioche is one of the easiest yeast breads out there to bake. I’m no expert, but in my experience enriched breads (meaning they are made with butter, eggs and milk, like brioche or challah) are very forgiving and yield great results nearly every time. The other equally awesome thing about enriched breads? They have a super soft and fluffy crumb. Like a pillow, really. A delicious carb pillow.


So basically what I’m saying is you should take a deep breath, imagine resting on a giant garlic cheddar brioche bread pillow and then get to baking, mmmk?

I love these buns not only for the aforementioned reasons (to recap: enriched, easy, fluffy, carb pillow) but also because they make for great dinner rolls and hamburger buns. The garlic and cheddar flavors dispersed throughout the dough are subtle, but delicious. So don’t expect a one-two punch of garlic and cheddar when you take a nibble — rather, expect a gentle pat on the taste buds in each and every bite.

I’ve been snacking on them warmed up with a smear of butter, but I’m already dreaming of also grilling hamburgers to put in them or making a killer breakfast sandwich. Preferably all three in one day.

Happy baking, friends! And Mackenzie, I’ll let it slide this time, but next trip I insist you make room for me in a suitcase, kthanksbye.


Garlic Cheddar Brioche Buns

yield: 12 BUNS


2 3/4 cups bread or all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons instant yeast
3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1/4 cup warm water (about 115 degrees F), plus more for kneading
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and cut into very small pieces (or grated)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water (for the egg wash)
Coarse sea salt, for topping (optional)


In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together flour, dry milk powder, sugar and yeast. Add eggs, egg yolk, warm water, butter, cheddar cheese, garlic and salt. Using a dough hook, stir ingredients on low speed until just combined.

Increase speed to medium and knead 5 minutes, adding more flour or warm water as needed (no more than a couple tablespoons of each) until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is smooth, elastic and only slightly sticky OR transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead by hand 10 minutes until dough is smooth, elastic and only slightly sticky.

Shape dough into a ball and place in a large, lightly oiled bowl; turn to coat. Cover bowl lightly with plastic wrap. Let dough rise in a warm place 1 1/2 to 2 hours until doubled.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; sprinkle lightly with flour. Punch down risen dough; divide into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball with a taut, rounded top, then transfer to prepared baking sheet. Cover lightly with a tea towel or plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray. Let rise 30 to 40 minutes until nearly doubled.

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. When buns are ready to bake, lightly score the tops with an X using a sharp serrated knife or scissors. Brush the tops with egg wash, then sprinkle with salt, if desired. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until buns are puffed and golden brown.

Adapted from Savory Simple


Huge thank you to Stephanie for helpin’ a girl out! Next trip will have to be a girls vacation! :)

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