Fresh brioche buns are buttery, sweet, and incredibly tasty! And whether you baked your own brioche buns at home, or purchased them at the store, properly storing them is essential to preserving their taste and texture.
We will discuss the best way to keep your brioche buns to ensure that you can enjoy them at their best quality for as long as possible! Whether you choose to store your Brioche Buns on the countertop, fridge or freezer there are a few things to consider.
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What is the difference between brioche buns and regular buns?
What are brioche buns and how are they different from regular buns? Brioche bread is a French style of bread that is made from an enriched dough. That means that in addition to a yeast mixture and flour, brioche is made with a high quantity of eggs, milk, and butter.
Brioche is made with a similar method to regular bread and requires kneading by hand or with a dough hook on low speed in a stand mixer. This gives brioche the fluffy, tender texture that makes them so delicious and addicting!
Brioche tends to be sweeter than regular bread. Brioche buns work as a great base for hamburgers and other sandwiches! You can even top them with sesame seeds or poppy seeds for that classic hamburger bun look.
Brioche buns have grown in popularity in recent years and can be found at many grocery stores. Making your own homemade brioche buns is super satisfying and delicious!
How to store brioche buns on the countertop
If you expect to use your brioche buns within a couple of days of baking or purchase, you may choose to store them at room temperature on the kitchen countertop or in a bread box.
Got fresh buns still warm from the oven? Be sure to let them cool completely before attempting to store them. If you package them or place them in the bread box while still warm, they may become soggy.
You can store your brioche buns in a plastic bag or airtight container at room temperature for up to five days. Be sure to remove as much air as possible from the container or bag to preserve freshness.
Can you refrigerate brioche buns?
The refrigerator may seem like a good method of storing brioche buns to maintain freshness, however, I would not recommend keeping brioche this way. The cool, but above freezing temperature of the fridge may actually cause your brioche buns to go stale faster or alter the taste.
Your best bet is the keep them on the countertop if you will use them within 5 days. If you do not expect to use them that quickly, freezing them will preserve their taste and texture for longer. We will outline how to best freeze your brioche buns below.
How to freeze brioche buns
If you will not be using all your brioche buns at one time, it is a good idea to freeze them to preserve their flavor and texture. Brioche buns will maintain their quality for up to three months in the freezer as long as they are wrapped properly.
In order to ensure that your brioche buns store well in the freezer, follow these step-by-step instructions.
- For freshly baked brioche buns, be sure that they have entirely cooled to room temperature before preparing them for freezing
- The next step is to wrap your brioche buns tightly to prevent freezer burn. To do this, you can use tin foil, plastic wrap or parchment paper. If you expect to use your buns at different times, it is best if you wrap them individually to avoid defrosting and refreezing
- Next, you will want to place your wrapped brioche buns into a freezer-safe bag or airtight container. Be sure that all of the excess air is removed from the plastic bag or freezer-safe container for best results
- Finally, you can place your prepared buns in the freezer. It is best to place them in the back or as far away from the door as possible to avoid temperature fluctuations over time
How to reheat brioche buns
When you are ready to use your brioche buns, remove the quantity that you need from the freezer. Place them on the countertop and allow them to thaw.
Once the buns are at or close to room temperature, preheat your oven to 300ºF. When your oven has heated up, remove from the cling film or foil and place the buns on a baking sheet.
Heat them for approximately 10 minutes or until they have reached your desired temperature and are golden brown on top. Leave them to cool for a couple of minutes on a wire rack, and serve warm.
If you do not have time to reheat your brioche buns in the oven, you may choose to warm them in the microwave. To do so, place the buns on a plate and cover them with a microwave-safe paper towel to conserve moisture.
Set the microwave to 50% power and microwave at intervals of 20-30 seconds until warm. Be sure not to microwave for too long or at too high of a power as this will cause your brioche buns to harden.
- If you are concerned about your brioche buns drying out in the oven or microwave, you can sprinkle the tops with a very small amount of water to add more moisture
- You may want to write the date that you baked your brioche buns, or the expiration date on the front of the bag or the container before freezing. This will enable you to know how long they have been in the freezer
- You might find that store-bought brioche buns have a longer shelf life as some contain preservatives. If you are storing homemade brioche buns or those bought from a bakery, take extra caution in making sure they are stored properly as they are likely to go bad faster
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