Sourdough Brioche Rolls

brioche 3

I adore brioche bread, and have been using this recipe for years. Now that I’m trying to cut out instant yeast, I am going to attempt it with sourdough starter. I came across one other attempt at a sourdough brioche roll recipe, and it is based on a Smitten Kitchen recipe, another favorite food blog of mine. But then, I didn’t have milk. And I really want these rolls today. So…I’ve heard of using yogurt in sourdough starter. Wouldn’t greek yogurt make a nice rich creamy high protein milk substitute? Of course with sourdough you have to fiddle with the moisture content, so this is, purely from eyeballing things one tablespoon at a time, my best attempt at the right dough texture:

  • 1 ample half cup starter
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ c honey
  • ½ c Greek yogurt
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 4 T melted butter
  • 1 c whole wheat white flour
  • 1 c unbleached bread flour
  • egg for egg wash
  • sesame seeds

Brioche 1

Mix up the starter with the wet ingredients, and then slowly add the flour. Knead with a dough hook if you have a stand mixer. If not, it’s a fairly wet dough, and I sometimes leave it in the bowl and first squeeze it through my fingers and then do a lazy version of French style kneading. Stick your fingers in it, then pull one end up and flop it over in half, trapping some air. Turn, pull, fold, turn pull fold. It may not pass the windowpane test very well, but it will hold together nicely after 5-10 minutes. Form into a ball and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.

Brioche 2

Once it has doubled in size (with sourdough, expect at least 4 hours depending on conditions), knock it down and cut dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each into a ball and then flatten down on a cookie sheet. Brush with either egg white or whole egg, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Leave to rise again, preheat oven to 425 F. They are ready when you poke the side in an inconspicuous place and it springs back most of the way. Bake time depends on a lot of variables, after 12 minutes check every 3 minutes through the glass for nice color to develop on top.

brioche 3

These were delicious! A little bit denser than the originals, but I was also in a hurry and did not give the first rise as long as I would have liked. I think for natural leavening they are actually remarkably soft and light, and would have been even more so with a proper first rise. Enjoy your greek  yogurt sourdough brioche!

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