Neopolitan Brioche Crullers!

by Michelle on April 26, 2010

Well, I am finally moved into my new internet home but many boxes are still packed and waiting to be opened…oops linked! But I am so glad to finally be here! It’s been a tough week all the way ’round, not with my blog or the moving but I had a tooth abscess and things went downhill from there. Whew…what a week!

Let’s get on with the show!

Remember Neopolitan Ice Cream? If my Mom ever bought Neopolitan Ice Cream we would carefully dig out the chocolate and vanilla but the strawberry was always left completely intact like The Great Wall of Pink Avoidance. We all loved strawberries but Strawberry Ice Cream always reminded me of medicine..yuck. I think my Dad would polish off the Strawberry but he loved ice cream no matter what flavor it was!

This week for HBinFive we were supposed to make Chocolate Espresso Crescent Rolls but of course I had to make something just a wee bit different. And having Neopolitan Ice Cream on my mind I decided to try making some Neopolitan Brioche.

I’ve heard such great reviews of the “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” Brioche and since I’ve not made this recipe before, I decided to give it a try. I used half a recipe and then removed half the dough to another bowl and added 1/2 c. cocoa and 1 TBL honey. After the initial rise and refrigeration, I divided each dough into golf ball size pieces and then rolled each piece into a 12-14″ long rope. Using one rope of vanilla brioche and one rope of chocolate, I braided the dough using the 2-Strand Challah Braiding Method, please note the below video for the braiding technique. If you never braided bread before, the 2-strand braid is super fast, very easy and one of my favorites. Before popping the Crullers in the oven, I brushed each with egg wash and sprinkled with coarse white sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.

After cooling I finished up the Crullers with a drizzle of a wonderful Vanilla Bean Glaze and topped with diced, fresh strawberries. My oh MY…were the Neopolitan Crullers good. The half recipe only made ten Crullers but they were all eaten within a day. Delicious and probably one of the best recipes I’ve made this year!

Vanilla Bean Glaze

3 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted
1/2 light cream
1 whole Vanilla Bean, scraped
Dash Of Salt

Split 1 vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out the soft interior. Add vanilla scraping to 1/2 c. light cream. Add the sifted powdered sugar to the milk, a little at a time and whisk gingerly until smooth. Set aside for about 20-30 minutes to let the glaze thicken. If glaze is not thick enough add 1 TBL of powdered sugar at a time, whisking until smooth, until desired consistency.

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  • Maria April 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Love the new site! Very nice!! Great recipe too!

  • Ezraella Brody April 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Great new blog! Sorry to hear about your tooth. Hope all gets better real fast! Love the post on the brioches! I haven’t made the brioche from ABin5 either so plan on that…but after seeing your post I may have to make both. Will be so glad to get back to all of it.

  • Jenny Flake April 26, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    beautiful new site!! Love the feel here! And wow, this recipe looks beautifully delicious!

  • LilSis April 26, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Neopolitan was always my favorite ice cream flavor! These look delish!!

  • Carolyn April 26, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Love the new webpage and what a great idea mixing chocolate and white dough.

  • Biz April 26, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Love the new look Michelle!! I am so far behind in my HBin5! And I could not agree with you more – the strawberry icecream always lasted for months! And it always reminded me of my mom’s bowling shoes – she was in a women’s league when we were little and her shoes were the color of neapolitan ice cream!

    Happy Monday – I have you enjoyed our weather today – I did a 45 minute walk behind the Barrington Country Club at lunch today – so nice!

  • kanmuri April 27, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Great new layer!! I love it 😀

    And about Neapolitan ice cream… I don’t like the strawberry flavor either. 😉

  • Marnie April 27, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Love your new site and your Neapolitan bread is beautiful! Hope your tooth is feeling better. I’ve been there and it is NO fun. In our family, the strawberry was always the last eaten too. :)

  • Cookin' Canuck April 27, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    What an innovative treat! I love your childhood story about the neapolitan ice cream.

  • Joanne April 27, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Love the new look Michelle! Great new digs you’ve got here.

    Your dad and I are both ice cream fiends…if you ever need anyone to finish off the strawberry…I can be that person.

    These crullers look amazing! You are always so creative with your breads. I am so impressed.

  • Kat April 27, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Congrats on your switch. I did it, but still very handicapped as to how to make my site my own. I love that little dish you used to photograph!

  • Raina April 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    This looks beautiful and sounds wonderful too! My brother and sister and I always left the strawberry ice cream also..funny.

  • kat April 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Oh that is some amazing looking treat!

  • Mimi April 27, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I love you new site. However it didn’t pop up in my blog list, so I’ll make the change manually.
    The crullers look terrific. I liked the video of the braiding method.
    Mimi

  • theUngourmet April 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I had childhood flashbacks when I read your ice cream story. It was just the same at our house! Your brioche is scrumptious and so darling. Great idea!

  • Mary April 27, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Michelle, this is a great recipe and I especially appreciated your instruction for 2 braid bread. Terrific! The site looks wonderful and I’m glad the move was a smooth one for you. Hope the tooth is better. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices April 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it. Your layout is beautiful and so is all of your food!

  • Cheryl B. April 27, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Michelle :-}
    Congrats on getting this far on/in your move. I hope that the rest of your unpacking (excuse me, labeling) goes uneventfully!

    While these brioche crullers do look good, I’m still not sure about them. Perhaps if you’d let me sample one or two, I’d be able to make up my mind o;-p

    I REALLY like the ‘gravy’ ladel you used in your picture!!!! Classy!

    I like it when you include personal stories in your postings!!! Slowly your letting me get to know you. Nice!

  • Danielle April 27, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Wow!! that is just plain beautiful! Your new “home” is so very nice! I hope you and your post will be very happy :)

  • tasteofbeirut April 28, 2010 at 12:31 am

    This post was funny to me because I did the same thing about the ice-cream and thought the strawberry ice-cream tasted like medicine!
    Love what you did with the brioche it is so fun and delicious too!

  • Sheila April 28, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Hi, Michelle… just got your note (am still on blog break), and I wanted to be sure and come over to visit! Look at your new digs! Neat!

    I’m sorry that you have had a bad tooth. There is nothing worse. Have been there, done that. OUCH!

    Love your delicious recipe. That looks and sounds divine.

    Sending warm hugs your way. I will hopefully be back soon. I have to deal with the workmen again tomorrow and Thursday, and then I leave town on Friday to return on Sunday and finish up. I hope to be back to blogging the following week.

    Love to you…

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  • rebecca April 28, 2010 at 3:22 am

    wow love your new site and yummy broiche hope your dog is Ok
    love Rebecca

  • Angie's Recipes April 28, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Thank you for welcoming us with such a lovely sweet ice! And I love your “favourite recipe” section at the bottom line.

  • Maggy @ Three Many Cooks April 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    These look delicious! (And the new site looks great! Exciting)

  • LilSis April 28, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I love your new design!

  • Jen @ How To: Simplify April 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    These look tasty! Nice work on the new site design!

  • Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker} April 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    How funny, I always hated neopolitan ice cream as a kid because I never wanted even a trace of strawberry ice cream touching my vanilla or chocolate!

  • Tracy April 28, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    What a different treat! Yum!

  • petra April 30, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Your page looks lovely. Love the colors and your nw banner pic. Is the HBin5 link up somewhere yet?

  • Bonnie April 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Love the new design. so bright and cheerful.

    Did the addition of the cocoa dry out the dough or did the honey add enough moisture to offset it?
    These couldn’t possibly be any prettier. So imaginative.

    So sorry to hear about the dental problems. Hope you’re feeling better now.

  • Susan May 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I was wondering why you were so quiet this week and now I see how busy you’ve been and with an abscessed tooth on top of it all – OY! Your crullers look out-of-this-world good!

  • Me, Myself & Pie May 1, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    wow, these look almost too pretty to eat. I said almost.

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