Cranberry Chocolate Chip Rolls

Adapted from Home Baking by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid

2 cups milk, heated until lukewarm
2 tsp active dry yeast or 1 cake fresh yeast
About 5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into very small pieces, plus a little extra butter for shaping the buns
2 Tbsp sugar
1 large egg, beaten
tsp salt
cup semisweet chocolate chips, chilled
cup frozen cranberries or well-chilled fresh cranberries
Topping:
1 egg whisked with 2 Tbsp water, for egg wash
3 Tbsp pearl sugar

Place the milk in a medium bowl and stir in the yeast. Let stand for several minutes, then stir in 1 cup of the flour. Add the butter, sugar, egg, and salt and stir to incorporate. Add 2 more cups of flour, stir until smooth. Add the cold chocolate chips and cranberries,

together with cup more flour, and stir to incorporate.



Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead gently, incorporating flour as needed, until the dough is only slightly sticky, about 4 minutes.



Place the dough in a clean bowl, cover with a lint-free cloth, and let rise until doubled, about 1 hours.



Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough in half and cut each half into 8 pieces, and lightly cover them. Lightly butter two 9x5 inch loaf pans or two 8-inch round cake pans. Makes 2 loaves of 8 rolls each.



Grease your palms with a little butter, then roll one piece of dough lightly under your hand to shape it into a ball. Place it in one of the pans. Continue with the remaining dough pieces, placing 8 balls in pairs side by side in each loaf pan, or placing in a circle in the round pan. Cover with cloth and let rise for 30 minutes.



Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400F. Just before baking, brush each loaf with the egg wash. Sprinkle the pearl sugar over them and bake for 30-40 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. Immediately remove from the pans; cool to room temperature on a rack.

Makes 16 servings

Per serving: 228 calories; 5g total fat; 3g saturated fat; 33mg cholesterol; 62mg sodium; 39g total carbohydrates; 7g protein;

Allergy Warning: Contains milk and eggs and wheat