This wonderfully piquant spiced brioche recipe from Simon Rogan doesn't require making the brioche from scratch - which means you get to the eating part of the process nice and quickly! If you can't get hold of sea buckthorn, replace with lemon juice and make lemon curd instead

To make the buckthorn curd, steep the buckthorn juice with 100g of the sugar for 30 minutes
Put the buckthorn mix in a cold pan with the remaining ingredients and whisk over a medium heat constantly for 6 minutes. Remove from the heat, whisk for another minute
Check the temperature is between 80-85°C. Cool with a lid on to stop a skin forming
To make the spiced brioche, heat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
Slice the brioche loaf and cut out 8 4 x 4cm cubes
Thoroughly mix all the ingredients apart from the brioche together. Fry the brioche cubes with a little rapeseed oil until golden on each side and then roll in the spiced sugar
Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until browned
Serve the warm brioche cubes with a small bowl of curd to dip the brioche in
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Spiced brioche

Buckthorn curd

  • 35ml of sea buckthorn juice
  • 185g of caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 55g of salted butter
  • 10g of cornflour


  1. Sugar thermometer

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