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Bubble-Top Brioche Rolls

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An arctic chill settled in the Midwest. The sub-freezing temps created a perfect day to stay in, crank up the heat in the house…using the excuse that warmth is needed to proof the dough.  You all will back me up on that, right?  I’ve made  brioche dough before…combining both a Nick Malgieri recipe and Dorie’s.  Buttery and sticky, this dough bakes into a delicious, tender roll.  Dorie eliminates the fussy, classic shape, called brioche à tête, and instructs us to shape these like Parker House rolls. This time I kept my eyes exclusively on Dorie’s instructions…knowing that there’s always room for improvement (and better photos)!

The house smelled incredible while these were baking.  Darker than my original attempt (darn this new oven), they were still outstanding. Dorie’s recipe can be found here in Bon Appétit.

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72 comments on “Bubble-Top Brioche Rolls”

  1. Did you brave the frigid temps and take the photos outdoors? I shiver at the thought! Beautifully styled, as always.

  2. These look so good! They turned out perfectly – so pretty!

  3. Oh, these are awesome! Some of my favorite kinds of brioche. So jealous I didn’t wake up to these.

  4. Liz, these look great. I love these kind of rolls. So, it is cold there eh? Here it is actually gotten much milder and now above freezing.

  5. Carole, I’m the gal who wears my winter coat in the house on the coldest days…so no way am I going outside to take photos! I have a sunroom in the house that I’ve made into my photo studio! I have some lights so I can even take shots at night (which is a good deal of the time in the winter!). Still waiting on your blog, my friend!!! xo

  6. How funny and different we are, it was 39 degrees in Florida and here I am outside in shorts taking pictures.. I must be nuts! lol I am always too hot, it must be the age… you have a long way to catch up! These look amazing inside, your lighting is perfect anyway and I love these… breads are my weakness, my diet doesnt let me eat them yet… I am salivating over here! Stay warm I just love you wear your coat inside lol!

  7. They don’t look too dark to me–I think they look perfect! Love the cute bubble tops! Now I will have to make some…

    Happy New Year!

  8. Beautiful job, Liz.
    I love that you have the brioche pans 🙂
    This cold snap has been brutal, but at least this weekend is supposed to warm things up again. WHEW

  9. Your brioche buns are gorgeous, and they look so good in those little pans. Now it’s warming up again, no snow!

    Have a great weekend!

  10. Darker or not, this bread looks terrific. Cute baking pans 🙂

    Sorry to hear it’s so cold for you!

  11. these look fabulous!

  12. Your homemade brioche rolls look perfect!

  13. looks perfectly brown and mosited,Yummy 🙂

  14. Oh my, I love these!!!

  15. Now, I have to go out and buy brioche pans. Thanks for that, my friend. 🙂 These look beautiful to make, even if it is near 60 degrees in MN. Freakish weather.

  16. It’s been ages I haven’t had a good brioche! You have just reminded me I have never used my silicone brioche forms. Your look, as always perfect and delicious!

  17. I am so envious of your brioche molds. This was on my Xmas list of things to buy. I saw them at Williams Sonoma but I thought I would look around for the silicone ones. It didn’t happen but yours look absolutely perfect! Just like you see in the Parisienne patisseries.

  18. Can you believe I’ve had brioche tins for at least 5 years and have never bothered making brioche in them? And I LOVE brioche! *Sigh*… Gotta fish out those tins to try this.

  19. They came out quite nice!

  20. Wow. Yours look so pretty, I have a hard time getting that nice sheen on top. And this post is a good reminder that I need to go out and get some of those brioche cups!

  21. Beautiful brioche! I’ve been wanting to attempt it but use the excuse that I don’t have those little brioche pans in which to do it. 🙂

    They’re perfect!

  22. I have to agree with that its outstanding and beautiful baked though I have not heard of the recipe before.

  23. Now *I* want brioche pans! I didn’t want to invest because I was convinced these would not work out. What a nice surprise! I think yours look perfect!

  24. yours are much much prettier than Dorie’s, Lizie dearest! I could eat tones of them 🙂 I’m totally incapable of making doughs and such things, especially with yeast, so I always envy everyone who is not, since that is my favourite food 🙂

  25. This looks yummy..You have made it awesome.


  26. These are so cute. I love the little baking tins. Now I need to hunt those down. 🙂 We have had freezing temps the last few days, but today is much better. Since I take my photos outside it really is terrible. I have to do a lot of cooking today or I’m going to freezing my butt off on my deck again. LOL! Have a great weekend my friend! ~ Ramona

  27. Bubble-Top Brioche is a cool name. Its sub-zero here also, finally winter came. Keep warm.

  28. Gorgeous, Liz! Your Friday posts always inspire me to try something new and exciting!

  29. Now I’m in the mood for this. We’re not quite frigid (actually amazingly warm for MN in January) but there’s enough of a chill to want a not-too-sweet baked good waiting for me at the table.

  30. beautiful!! I love brioche and the pans are adorable 🙂

  31. Gorgeous! I love the pans you used, the bottoms look awesome 🙂

  32. Yum! I love these and love the little tins you made them in. Brioche is on my bread list. Can’t wait to try these. Maybe with Easter dinner.

  33. I think you just convinced me to try my hand in making brioche. Those rolls look fantastic!

  34. Oooh looks fabulous, Lizzy!!! Bon Appetit is one of my favorites! I’ll be sure to check it out!

    Have a fabulous weekend!

    Tammy <3

  35. I saw gluten free brioche on some one’s blog and I loved it. They are on my bucket list for 2012. Your baking goods and photos are always good.

  36. These look absolutely perfect! I love the little pans… I have never made brioche to be fair I don’t make any breads lol. They look amazing and I would make breads if this was my result lol.

  37. I agree that these look TOTALLY perfect! Yum 🙂

  38. I’ve neber tried to make brioche before, your rolls look amazing!! Yum! I’ll take any reason to turn up the heat in this fridged weather, especially to proof these delicious rolls. 🙂

  39. These look totally perfect! Have a great weekend!

  40. How cute that you have the brioche baking cups! You’re one of the first posts I’ve seen to have used them!

  41. Who cares if the rolls came out darker than they should be! They look perfect and really good to me!

  42. Liz, Such beautiful brioche!! Just perfect looking! Love your mini brioche molds. This was a real keeper for me. I even froze some of the dough for later. Happy Friday!!

  43. Your homemade brioche rolls look awesome – love the thought of them warm and cozy,when it is cold outside:)And I’m still waiting for your lentil soup,so don’t forget to link up!

  44. Absolutely perfect looking brioche rolls Liz!

  45. Beautiful brioche rolls and the pans do make a lovely more authentic shape!

  46. Hi Dear Lizzy I love these brioche sor rolla look delicious:)

  47. They’re not too dark, they’re just “perfectly caramelized” on the outside…it’s all about the spin! Lovely pictures. Glad you liked the recipe too.

  48. Those look like they’d be nice with some butter.

  49. Brioche is one of my favorite breads to make, just so buttery and full of happiness! The little cups for your bread are adorable:-) Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

  50. I love that you have the little pans–those look gorgeous! I always eat brioche in Europe, but haven’t tried to make them. Yours are inspiring.

  51. I made brioche loaves one time, very addicting and delicious. Making them in a small batch as rolls is probably a smarter way to go. Your rolls turned out amazing-yum!

  52. I have pan envy! Your rolls look great. A nice way to withstand the cold:)

  53. Your brioche molds are so cute, Lizzy. I love how defined the bubbles turned out. I am shivering just from reading your post and all the comments. It is not even 65F˚ here in Puerto Rico!

  54. Another winner from the Doristas! I love that you’re working your way through this book! The rolls look amazing….I understand your frustration with your oven – I’ve discovered mine runs about 15 degrees cold….I’m gonna have to get the darn thing recalibrated!

  55. The smell was incredible when they were baking and I loved the smell of them when they were rising. Yours look so pretty with their fluted bottoms.

  56. Cute little brioche tins, they really do help to class the rolls up a bit. I was too lazy in the end to roll out all those little balls and decided to make a brioche loaf instead. And next time I will probably be even lazier and just buy brioche from my local bakery!

  57. Maybe I’ll want to make these more if I have the tins. Is that reason enough to go and buy the tins?!

  58. Yum! I love brioche, I used to make it pastry school all the time. I need to make it again. I’ll have to try your recipe they look delicious and beautiful. Thanks for sharing at DIY blog hop! come check my blog out sometime and share some love too! I bake alot over there!

  59. Also your newest follower can’t wait to check the rest of your blog out!

  60. Wow those puffed up beautifully! I love warm brioche with raspberry jam in the morning. Mmm…..

  61. These rolls are so pretty, Lizzy! I LOVE those tins you used!

  62. These are beautiful Liz!!!!

  63. Seriously beautiful Lizzy. I’ve never tried making them but they are on my list.

  64. I’m catching up your posts and realized that you really have CONTINUOUS amazing recipes! NON STOP! I love brioche and this looks super delish!

  65. I love your blog! Happy new Year!

  66. Love citrus, love curd and so appealing in this beautiful tart! Thanks!

  67. These look to die for. I’m so mad at myself that I haven’t been doing Dorie’s like I’d planned when I signed up. I need to go check it out to see what’s on the list for this Friday.

  68. Oh Brioche! What a wonderful bread to ring in the New Year! I am happy to have more time on my hands…hopefully it means I can create something just as delicious as this in the week ahead. Many blessings and much love from Austin. Thank you for sharing with me!

  69. They look beautiful…if it were that cold here I would stay inside and bake too.

  70. Those are some really gorgeous brioche Lizzy. I can’t believe how diverse your recipes are. Just when I’m expecting a dessert, you give us a lovely bread recipe. 🙂

  71. I’m a little jealous of your midwest temperatures – it was 85 degrees when I made these on January 2nd. If the temperatures don’t cool down soon we will completely miss spring and go right into summer. Love this post and the photos – it is really a great display.

  72. Yum, i could use a big heap of these right now since all I eat is soup…. The perfect dipping instrument!

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