Brioche Rolls

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1 1/ 3 cup milk
3 eggs
1/ 4 cup sugar
4 cups flour
5 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
2 ½ teaspoons yeast

1. Mix together in a bowl until dough forms. (Or use the dough option on your bread machine.) Let dough rise and then knead again.
2. Divide dough into 12 or 16 large balls and an equal amount of very small balls. Place large balls of dough into greased muffin tins.
3. Press down in the center of each one to form an indentation into which you will place the smaller ball of dough. Cover muffin pans with a clean cloth.
Let rolls rise another 40 minutes or more.
4. Brush tops of rolls with a mixture of 1 beaten egg and 1/ 2 tablespoon of sugar.
5. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden.
6. Serve warm with butter.
7. ENJOY – I bet you can’t eat just one!

Can we talk? If you’re a subscriber to Somebody’s Mom, my gut tells me that you are already in my corner. I am not a perfect person, but I think my readers “get” me. I appreciate you and am delighted folks take an interest in my passion for cooking.

I have a bread machine that was given to me by my good friend, Kazue, over 15 years ago. When she had to return to Japan after residing in New York for a few years, she left her bread machine behind. Never having owned one, I was thrilled to become the honored recipient. I eventually came to the conclusion that what I enjoyed most was creating different types of dough more than using the machine to bake the actual loaf. I love the fact that it does the hardest part of preparing bread; it kneads the dough for you. I have made every kind of bread dough imaginable in my machine, such as potato, sweet potato, sour dough, dill, etc. I remove the dough after the dough cycle ends and then place it in individual mini loaf pans or muffin pans and allow it to rise again, for extra fluffy breads.

I’ve made Brioche many times before using my bread machine. One sad day, my bread machine started to smoke and the dough overflowed from the dough bucket inside the machine. Not one to waste good dough, I salvaged most of it and shaped it into rolls and placed them in greased muffin pans. To my great relief and delight, the rolls were delicious!

After 15 years of hard use, I figured my little inherited bread maker had lived way beyond its life expectancy. Seriously, if I get 10 to 12 years out of any of my machines, I feel I am ahead of the game. I mentioned to my husband, Tom, that I would be looking to buy a new bread machine, because I couldn’t live without one now. Tom said he could fix it; it’s in his DNA to tinker with something before he throws in the towel to buy something new. True to his word, he took apart the whole bread machine and patiently cleaned every nook and cranny, then put it back together. Perfect! No smoke came out and the pizza dough I made was fine. I should have known he would be able to fix my bread maker from what my friend, Tilly, had told me months earlier. She had a 25-year-old Robot Cupe food processor that wasn’t working. She told me she was confident that Tom could fix it. Sure enough, she asked Tom to take a look the next time he was at her house. He took the look, fixed it, and it is still working as of today.

Some things in life are worth fixing – even old kitchen machines!!

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