Make-Ahead Raisin Brioche

make-ahead raisin brioche Breakfast French
Make-Ahead Raisin Brioche
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 10 hr 21 min
  • Servings 12

Savor these French buns, better known as buns with topknots. They’re so rich, you don’t need butter!

Updated November 13, 2013
Gold Medal Flour
Make with
Gold Medal Flour


  • 1
    package regular or quick active dry yeast
  • 3
    tablespoons warm water, (105° F to 115°F)
  • 2
    tablespoons sugar
  • 3 1/2
    cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour or Better for Bread™ flour
  • 1/2
    cup sugar
  • 1
    teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2
    teaspoon salt
  • 3/4
    cup cold butter or margarine, cut up
  • 1/3
    cup milk
  • 3
  • 1 1/2
    cups golden raisins
  • 1
    egg white, beaten


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  • 1
    Mix yeast, water and 2 teaspoons sugar in small bowl; set aside. Place flour, 1/2 cup sugar, the cinnamon and salt in food processor; cover and process until mixed. Add butter; process until well blended.
  • 2
    Beat milk and 3 eggs into yeast mixture with wire whisk; slowly add to flour mixture and process until well blended. Stir in raisins. (Dough will be sticky.)
  • 3
    Place dough on well-floured surface; gently roll in flour to coat. Knead 1 minute until dough is smooth and springy, adding more flour if necessary. Place dough in greased large bowl, turning dough to grease all sides. Cover tightly and let rise in warm place 40 minutes.
  • 4
    Grease 12 large muffin cups, 3x1 1/2 inches. Gently push fist into dough to deflate. Using about 1/4 cup dough each, make 12 balls; place in muffin cups. Using about 1 tablespoon dough each, make 12 smaller balls; place on top of each large ball. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • 5
    Remove rolls from refrigerator. Let rise covered in warm place 40 to 45 minutes or until almost double.
  • 6
    Heat oven to 350°F. Brush rolls with beaten egg white. Bake 22 to 26 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pan. Serve warm, or cool on wire rack.

  • This French yeast bread, pronounced BREE-ohsh, is light yet rich with butter and eggs.
  • Tuck these baked rolls in the freezer for up to 2 months. What a delight to pull out one or more for a treat!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Brioche
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14 g
Saturated Fat
8 g
100 mg
200 mg
230 mg
Total Carbohydrate
53 g
Dietary Fiber
2 g
7 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
2 Starch; 1 1/2 Fruit; 2 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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