Buttery Brioche Knots with Citrus Syrup

Recipe by Tiffany Kate-Lyn Matthews (Inspired by Thando Manyoni)
Preparation time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • 7g active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 75ml milk, lukewarm
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 180g Clover Mooi River Salted Butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg beaten, for egg wash

For the filling:

  • ½ cup Clover Mooi
  • River Salted Butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon

For citrus glaze:

  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest

How To Make Buttery Brioche Knots with Citrus Syrup

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Place yeast, milk and sugar into a jug and set aside until bubbles appear, then whisk in eggs and mix until well combined.
  3. Add flour into a large bowl, make a well in the centre, gradually add in the egg and milk mixture into the flour and knead the dough for 5 minutes, then cut the butter into blocks and knead a few blocks of Clover Mooi River Buter in at a time until the dough springs back when touched.
  4. Place the dough into a large, greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow it to proof until double in size.
  5. Meanwhile prepare the syrup by placing sugar, water, orange juice & zest into a saucepan over medium heat, then bring to a boil stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  6. Add softened Clover Mooi River Salted Butter, brown sugar and cinnamon into a bowl and mix until well combined. Once the dough has doubled in size, transfer to a clean work surface dusted with flour and roll out into a 1 cm thick rectangle.
  7. Generously spread the cinnamon mixture over the dough making sure you leave a 1cm border around the edges. Roll the dough to form a log and cut into 4cm thick slices.
  8. Flatten out each slice and cut each slice into three. Braid each slice and roll into a ball.
  9. Place each ball into a greased muffin tin, brush each bun with egg wash and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven and brush over citrus syrup, serve immediately and enjoy!

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