bbd #28: Sugar-Coated Apricot Buns

Tangerine’s Kitchen, hosting bread baking day #28, wants us to bake bread buns in march.

Sugar-Coated Buns

Leafing through a new baking bookI received last week I stopped at some nice looking sugary buns called Gibassiers. These seemed to pull me into the kitchen…


The original recipe calls for candied orange peel. I didn’t have any because the family isn’t so much fond of it, so I substituted dried apricots. Anise seeds weren’t at hand either, so I used cardamom.

formed buns

The buns took a lot longer to rise as described in the recipe…

baked buns

…but finally they did bake nicely. Still warm from the oven they are brushed with butter and rolled in vanilla sugar.

sugar-coated apricot buns


Doing a little research in my french cook books such as Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur from the series L’inventaire du patrimoine culinaire de la France, I think these buns differ a lot from the original Gibassié from Provence which is a kind of Pompe à l’huile (see thirteen desserts for Christmas), looking a little bit like a fougasse as can be seen here, here or here. Maybe this is an adaption sold in american bakeries as I learned in this blog entry. In the comments there you can also find a second recipe by Ciril Hitz for these sugar-coated so-called Gibassiers.

Writing this entry I saw that the book Baking Bread at Home by the CIA didn’t get rave reviews at amazon. Can anybody tell me about good or bad experiences with recipes from this book?

-========= REZKONV-Recipe – RezkonvSuite v1.4
Title: Sugar-Coated Apricot Buns (Original: Gibassier)
Categories: Bread, Rolls, Pastry
Yield: 16 Buns


140 grams Milk, luke warm
1/4 teasp. Malt sirup
135 grams Bread flour
1 pack Instant yeast
145 grams Eggs
80 grams Olive oil
3 Oranges: grated zest (Original: 21 g)
485 grams Bread flour
125 grams Sugar
11 grams Salt
90 grams Butter; soft
3/4 teasp. Ground cardamom (Original: 2 El anise seed)
100 grams Dried apricots; minced (Original: candied orange
-peel; chopped)
Egg wash
Melted butter
Vanilla sugar


adapted from
Eric W. Kastel
Artisan Breads at Home
The Culinary Institute of America
Edited *RK* 03/15/2010 by
Petra Holzapfel


TO MAKE THE SPONGE, combine the milk and malt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the flour with the yeast, then add this mixture to the milk. Mix the sponge together by hand for 2 minutes to develop some gluten structure and ensure that all the ingredients are combined into a homogenous mass. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the sponge to ferment in a warm area for 30 minutes, until double in size.

TO MAKE THE FINAL DOUGH, put the sponge, eggs, oil and zest in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix for 1 minute on low speed to break up the sponge. Add the flour, cardamom, sugar and salt. Mix for 6 minutes on low speed, making sure to scrape down and flip the dough over twice during the mixing time. Increase the speed to high and mix for an additional 2 minutes (the dough cleared the walls of the bowl). On medium speed, add the soft butter in flakes. Mix the dough until the butter is fully
incorporated, for about 3 additional minutes. The dough should have developed full gluten structure. Add the apricots and mix on low for 30 seconds to combine. Scrape down and flip the dough over, then mix for an additional 30 seconds. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl large enough for it to double in size and cover with plastic wrap.

ALLOW the dough to rest and ferment in a warm place for 60 minutes (this took about 3 1/2 hours), until when touched lightly the dough springs back halfway (the dough now looked quite fatty-shining).

PLACE the dough on a work surface and divide it into 75-80 g-pieces. Round each piece against the tabletop, then cover the pieces and allow them to rest on the table for 10 minutes.

SHAPE each piece into a 6-inch oblong. Using a sharp blade make 4 widthwise cuts in the center of each piece. Place the pieces of dough on two baking trays lined with parchment paper.

BRUSH the pieces of dough with egg wash and lightly cover with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rest and ferment in a warm place for 45-60 minutes, until when touched lightly the dough springs back halfway. (again this took much longer. I placed one of the trays overnight in the cold cellar. In the morning I let it rise 2 1/4 hours at room temperature before baking).

PREHEAT the oven to 205°C (400°F).

BRUSH each piece again with egg wash, place the tray in the oven, and immediately reduce the temperature to 190°C (375°F). Bake for 15 minutes, then rotate the trays and lower the temperature to 175°C (350°F). Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes, until golden brown.

TAKE the bread out of the oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes on racks, then brush each piece with melted butter and roll the top in vanilla sugar. Allow the gibassiers to cool on racks over baking trays.

Note Petra: If you want to freeze the buns, let them cool after baking and put them in plastic sacks into the freezer. Reheat them in the oven (175°C), brush them with butter and roll in vanilla sugar.

Checking my french baking books I think these buns differ from the original Gibassié from Provence which is a kind of „Pompe à l’huile“ (see thirteen desserts for Christmas).


12 Antworten auf „bbd #28: Sugar-Coated Apricot Buns“

  1. Die sehen ja super aus!!! Wenn ich nicht heute schon ein Hefegebäck machen würde, wäre ich schon in der Küche! Wird dieser Tage sicher ausprobiert.
    Viele Grüße

  2. Mmmh, die sehen superlecker aus! Da könnte jetzt bitte mal eins für die Mittagspause aus dem Bildschirm hüpfen 😉
    Getrocknete Aprikosen finde ich als Ersatz übrigens ganz toll.

  3. Wenn ich jetzt zu René ins Spital gehe, dann „vergluschte“ ich in der Zwischenzeit….
    Die sehen GRANDIOS aus und da muss ich mich wohl oder übel so schnell als möglich ans Nachbacken machen.
    Erzählen werde ich dem René nichts, aber vielleicht als Welcome-back-Gebäck…?

  4. of the prettiest buns I’ve seen thus far. Definitely bookmarked as I love the buts of apricot with the crunchy sugar coating. Beautiful photos too!

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