One of the foods Amma offered me when I was ill or generally low, was a fruit bun and a mug of hot Bournvita. It always picked me up because it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside–it is only now that I realize it’s all because of the carbohydrates! Anyhow. I’ve been down with the flu these past two-three days, barely able to sit up. I’m just back from a long stay at Amma’s and can’t help but wish I’d have fallen ill when I was there. Shameless, I know. But there are some things that mothers just know–I know that I wouldn’t have had to bother about what to cook for lunch and dinner, and I certainly wouldn’t have had to worry about Avanee.

Brioche moulds

Brioche moulds

But, I have a great support system here as well–MK has been coming home early (dropping in mid-day, even, to check on me), my mother-in-law has been whisking Avanee away and training the new babysitter, and my dear, dear Mrs. B has been making the loveliest kadhi-khichdi and idli-sambar meals for me. Yesterday,ย  she plucked some lemongrass from the window and made me a mugful of lemongrass tea to open my sinuses. How could I not feel better?

Classic Brioche Bun

A classic Brioche bun!

Today, a little out of nostalgia and a little out of sheer physical weakness, I craved some fruit bun andย  a mug of Bournvita to dunk it in. As a diabetic, though, this sounded like too much of an extravagance even as I lay thinking about it in bed. Just then, Mrs.B entered. I promptly dictated the Brioche recipe to her and asked her to throw in some dried blueberries and cranberries. She made the dough and left it to prove and cranked up the oven. All I had to do was shape the Brioche buns and let the oven do the rest of the work. With a mug of coffee, it made for the warmest and fuzziest meal I’ve had in recent adulthood. Well, almost.

Brioche and Coffee

Brioche and Coffee–best friends!

Brioche (Sweet breakfast bun, best had with coffee)


  • 200 gms. plain flour
  • 2 tsp. fresh yeast (or 3 tsp. dry yeast)
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • a good pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • a small handful of dried berries (I used cranberries and blueberries); optional
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (if using berries)


  1. Place the yeast and sugar in a bowl and top with milk. Leave in a warm place until the yeast rises to the top and is frothy.
  2. Whisk the egg lightly.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, place the flour, three-fourths of the beaten egg, salt, cinnamon, and berries.
  4. Add the frothy yeast mixture and knead to a very soft dough adding more milk if required.
  5. Work the butter into the dough until pliable and silky. Leave to rest, covered, in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size (about 15-20 minutes.)
  6. Punch the dough and allow it to collapse. Divide the dough into 8 equal balls. Pinch off a betelbut-sized bit of dough from each of the eight balls. Shape the small bits of dough into balls as well.
  7. Grease eight brioche tins or ramekins or cupcake moulds. Place the eight large balls in the greased moulds. Make a small dent in each using your little finger. Place the smaller balls in these dents.
  8. Leave to rise again in a warm spot. When double in size, brush with the remaining egg.
  9. Bake at 230 degrees centigrade for 15 minutes or until the tops are uniformly golden.
  10. Eat warm with a good cup of coffee.
Filter Coffee

The magic of Filter Coffee is the froth!

Comments (11)

  1. Anjali May 24, 2012 at 6:38 am

    I love any kind of fruit bread but these look so delicious and cranberry is so good in them. Am going to try this out while my nephew is here.

  2. AK May 24, 2012 at 6:42 am

    best pictures ever….

  3. Divya May 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Hope you get well soon!Brioche looks awesome,I am too chicken to try it out though!

  4. Melanie May 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Hope you feel better soon. And the photos just reminded me of warm winter. Lovely lighting work there. Pity, the rains aren’t in yet. I’m a sucker for warm drinks and coziness.

  5. Anuja May 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    The brioche looks great!! love fruity buns in my breakfast. Will make this soon :D.
    Get well soon!!

  6. Priti May 25, 2012 at 8:41 am

    These buns look like happy clouds ๐Ÿ™‚ these with a warm cup of coffee will make any gloomy day feel brighter! I hope u feel better soon. Don’t we all wish we were at our parents home when we r not feeling well…that makes us feel half better already! Take Care and give urself ample rest. Love and Hugs!

  7. Swati Sapna May 27, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I still crave for those sinful fruit buns and cream buns whenever I’m down and out! Your brioche version sounds so much more yummy and fancy ๐Ÿ˜€ you are lucky to have so many people around you showering you with love and care… soak in all that love and get well soon!

  8. chinmayie @ love food eat May 28, 2012 at 1:19 am

    I am right now pretty ill (fever, cold cough) and my daughter is down with a horrible viral fever (on antibiotics) ๐Ÿ™ I know what you mean by craving carbohydrates!!
    I have been making myself coffee in the evenings and a small mug makes me feel so much better!
    Brioche looks beautiful!

  9. Betsy March 28, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Is it 1/2 cup of 1 cup milk?

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