Italian Brioche Recipe

Italian "Brioche col Tuppo" is a famous bread roll dish. This Sicilian dish uses eggs, honey, and orange zest.

– ½ cup lukewarm water – ½ cup milk, 2% or whole (warmed to 110 degrees) – 2 tablespoons honey – 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (one packet) – ½ cup melted butter, cooled – ⅓ cup granulated sugar – 3 large egg yolk – 1 tablespoon orange zest – 2 teaspoons vanilla – 1 teaspoon kosher salt – 4 cups all purpose flour – 1 large egg (for brushing tops) – 1 teaspoon milk (for brushing tops)



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Mix lukewarm water, warm milk, honey, and yeast in a large basin. Stir and wait five minutes until the mixture bubbles and foams.

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Mix melted and cooled butter, sugar, egg yolks, orange zest, vanilla, and salt with yeast. Combine the dough with 3 ½ cups of flour using a wooden spoon or hands.

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Pour the brioche dough onto a lightly floured board and add flour as needed to smooth it. Knead the dough for 8–10 minutes until smooth.

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A clean dish towel or plastic wrap should cover the dough in an oiled bowl. Place the dough in a warm, draft-free area for an hour to double in size.

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A kitchen scale divides the brioche dough into 8 equal-sized balls on a floured board. Ball dough for baking or "tuppo" bread.

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Roll some dough from each ball into a smaller ball. Indent the mini dough ball and place it on the big dough ball.

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Put all dough balls on a prepared baking sheet. Allow to rise for 30 minutes under a clean dish towel.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees before baking. Mix one egg and a teaspoon of milk in a bowl. Brush mixture on roll tops.

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Bake the rolls on the center rack for 25 minutes in a preheated oven until brown. Cover the bread loosely with foil if the "tuppo" browns too rapidly.

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Before serving, let the brioche rolls to cool on a wire rack after they have been baked.

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