8 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and divided
1 tablespoon water
1 large egg white
How to Make It
Dissolve yeast in warm milk in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; let stand 5 minutes. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add flour, sugar, salt, and eggs to milk mixture; beat with a stand mixer at low speed until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl with spatula as needed. Remove paddle attachment; insert dough hook. Beat dough at low speed 5 minutes or until soft and elastic and dough just begins to pull away from sides of bowl. Cut 6 1/2 tablespoons butter into large cubes; add half of butter to dough, mixing at medium speed to blend. Add remaining butter cubes to dough; beat at medium speed until incorporated. Beat dough at medium speed 4 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; form into a ball. Return dough to bowl; cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Uncover dough; let stand 90 minutes or until dough is at room temperature. Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Working with one portion at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent drying), cut dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 1 1/2-inch ball. Repeat procedure with remaining 3 dough portions to make 24 rolls total. Place rolls in muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes or until almost doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine 1 tablespoon water and egg white; stir with a whisk. Gently brush rolls with egg mixture. Bake at 350° for 14 minutes or until golden. Place pans on wire racks. Place remaining butter in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 20 seconds or until butter melts. Brush butter onto rolls.
These rolls were a two day project, but I managed to make them in spite of a broken arm, using my Kitchen Aid mixer. They took longer to rise than the recipe said, but turned out light and flavorful. I made them in advance and froze them, then thawed and heated. They were great.
I agree w/ a previous reviewer that these seemed awfully dense - just didn't seem to rise as much as I expected. Maybe my yeast milk wasn't warm enough or was too warm since I don't have a candy thermometer. However, the flavor was great and I got rave reviews from everyone when I took them to Thanksgiving. Now I have to make them again for Christmas. A crowd pleaser.
I followed the recipe exactly and found these terribly lacking flavor. I actually made my usual standby dinner rolls the morning of Thanksgiving because I was too embarrassed to take these to our dinner.
I think brioche rolls might just be something that are best with the full-calorie version.
I don't have a stand mixer, so I "kneaded" by hand in a bowl with a silicone spatula. They were light, and truly delicious anyway. I made 24 for 5 people, thinking I'd have leftovers. Instead people were fighting over them :). They did not get dark brown like in the picture, more golden, but delicious and beautiful, and totally worth the effort. They stuck to the muffin tins a bit--grease well!