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Brioche Rolls for Gelato or Ice Cream

(Makes 24 rolls)
Brioche Rolls Filled With Gelato
A favorite way of eating gelato in Sicily is stuffed into a brioche roll.  It's the Sicilian idea of the
perfect summer breakfast.  Split one open like a book, fill with a scoop or two of gelato, and top with
a dollop of whipped cream ... and you have breakfast on the run.  Brioche rolls are also good
served plain with espresso or a cup of cappuccino.  You can spread a layer of Nutella inside or fill
the rolls with some fresh fruit and whipped cream.  Another favorite way of eating a brioche roll is to
dunk it into a glass of tart and slushy lemon granita

This recipe can also make 2 loaves of brioche bread instead of rolls.
See the recipe for Brioche Bread below.

1 package active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm milk, 105 to 115 degrees F.
3 tablespoons sugar, divided
6 eggs
4-1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
8 ounces (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature

Egg wash:  1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water


Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk with 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Let sit for 10 minutes or until the mixture begins to bubble.

Crack the eggs into a large bowl and beat them just to blend.
Add the flour, remaining sugar, and salt.  Stir to combine.
Add the dissolved yeast and mix well.  Add the butter, 3 tablespoons at a time, and mix until a smooth dough is formed.  Grease another large bowl and place the dough in it.  Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow it to rest at room temperature for 1 hour. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead lightly to form a smooth dough. Break off small pieces (about golf-ball size) of the dough, and roll into a ball shape. Place the dough balls on baking sheets. 
Only put 6 to 8 pieces on each sheet so they have room to expand.
Cover the rolls with clean kitchen towels and let rise for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush each roll with some of the egg wash.
Bake about 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

To serve:
Split each roll and add your favorite gelato, granita, or ice cream.
Brioche Bread

(Makes 2 loaves)
To make brioche loaves:
Follow the recipe above.  Instead of breaking the dough into balls, divide it into 2 equal portions.  Pat each portion into a 6 x 8 -inch rectangle and roll into a cylinder.  Place each loaf seam side down into greased 8 x 4-inch loaf pans. 
Brioche Rolls Filled With Gelato
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Cover and allow to rise for 2 hours.  Brush with egg wash and bake at 375 degrees F. for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown.  Turn the loaves out onto wire racks to cool.
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