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
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips, chilled
½ cup frozen cranberries or well-chilled fresh cranberries
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 ½ 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 1½ 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 400°F. 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