Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Brioche-like Rolls

There's nothing better than the aroma of bread (or rolls) baking.  I remember this oh so well from when my mother baked.  I made these rolls for the first time a few weeks ago and they turned out so well that I decided to bake them again and share my recipe.  Easy!!

Brioche is a challenging dough for beginners, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy the wonderful texture of this dough.  I've taken out the step of allowing the dough to rest overnight in the refrigerator, but I don't think I took out any of the taste.  I know Pillsbury has been advertising on television "croissants" for Easter dinner, but wouldn't it be a nice surprise to your family not to give them something out of a can, knowing the preservatives that are inside!

Brioche-like Rolls
4 - 4 1/2 cups King Arthur Bread Flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup milk, slightly warm
6T unsalted butter, softened
3 egg yolks

1/2 cup warm water (110F-degrees)
1 pkg (about 1 T) dry yeast
1/2 tsp. granulated sugar

4-6 T butter, melted for brushing the bowl, baking pan, and tops of rolls

First, proof your yeast.  Whisk the dry yeast into the warm water and add the sugar.  Allow to sit on for 7-10 minutes.  It should appear "bubbly" or "foamy" if your yeast is active; if not, buy new yeast!

In a stand mixer, using the dough hook, add 4 cups of bread flour, sugar and salt and mix on low to incorporate.  Add the warm milk and your proofed yeast and turn the mixer on low (Setting #2).  While the mixer is running, add the egg yolks (save the whites for macarons!), then, the softened butter, 1 tablespoon at a time.  The dough is soft, but should not be overly sticky.  If needed, at more flour until it comes away from the bowl.

 
Place dough on a bread board and knead until smooth.  Brush melted butter inside a large bowl and place the dough, right-side down, then flip it over.  Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit 1 to 1 1/2 hours until doubled.

Punch down dough and turn out onto the bread board.  Use a bench scraper to divide dough into twelve pieces.  Brush a 12" x 8" baking pan (I use my Le Cruset, but you can also use a glass baking dish) with the melted butter.  Roll the dough pieces into balls and place in the baking dish, leaving some room between the rolls.  Cover and allow to rise another 30 to 45 minutes (until doubled).
When the dough is close to being doubled, preheat over to 375F-degrees.  Brush tops of rolls once more with melted butter and bake for 18 minutes (or until golden brown).  Remove from the oven and yes, brush once more with butter to give a shine to the tops of the rolls.
See, easy and it doesn't have to come out of a can--Enjoy!

15 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh Susan...I know your house smells amazing! Perhaps I will be brave enough to try this!!! You are simply THE best baker!

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    1. I don't know about that, but I am fearless!

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  2. wow these dinner buns look so very soft! You are quite a baker, Susan.

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    1. I can say the same about you, my friend, XOXO

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  3. They look marvelous. I often bake Parker House Rolls for Easter or my son bakes rolls...his are the best...but these sound easy and since I'm on my own...sounds like a plan!

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  4. Oh how I love fresh yeast bread! I would rather have homemade bread than dessert! Enjoy your week, Sis! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  5. I came over from Estelle's and those rolls look Heavenly! I have a question on the yeast. I use Fleischmann's active dry yeast in the brown jar, do I use the standard 2 1/4 tsp substitute for the package yeast or the 1 tsp you have listed. Hope I'm making sense. Going to make these for Easter dinner, Thank you! Patti

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    1. My measurement is 1 Tablespoon, but you can use one package or the 2 1/4 tsp. It will work.

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  6. Susan, these rolls look amazing. I'm going to try them for Easter! Have a wonderful afternoon, dear one. xoxo ♥

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  7. These look scrumptious! I am not cooking at home but heading to an Easter brunch at my aunt's care facility! Not sure what's on the menu, but Aunt Betty will love having some company to join her!

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  8. I bet they smell amazing while they are baking!!!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  9. Susan! I finally gave you a shout out on the Christmas Apron I won. Sheesh...better late than never. Hope all is well and your buns look amazing!
    http://happywonderer.com/2016/03/28/labor-of-love/

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