Sicilian Brioches (those with Tuppo)

Sicilian Brioches. Those with 'Tuppo', we call 'coppolino', the most beloved part, most contentious, the perfect to dip in a lustful iced coffee or strawberry. I'm really happy to be able to give the recipe of these brioches (or “brioche” in Sicilian, popularizing the original French) I have tried to do so many times, never be satisfied. I must thank Valentina Nibali, Sicilian doc, I have known working group of my site on Facebook (if you want to visit us here you are welcome, it comes to the kitchen and we exchange recipes), that gave me a recipe got it from a friend of the province of Messina. By reading it I realized immediately that there was something different in doses than I had experienced before and so I experimented, But making a few tweaks. I did not put the Saffron (I am sure they do not go because I read obsessively ingredients in every shop where I go), I increased slightly the sugar and I greatly decreased the dose of yeast (in the original recipe 25 grams of fresh yeast) using only 2 grams of dry yeast. I'm used, Obviously, I lengthened the time to rise and maturity to get a light batter and digestible. Clearly, If you want to make croissants in 3-4 hours, you can use 25 grams of yeast, but the flavor and texture will be different. I also rebuilt with yeast and, if you have it, Angelo, because it ensures greater softness and a greater duration of brioche. Now, If you do not have a granita, you can fill with ice cream (good solution, I guarantee), or with chocolate cream and dip the buns in hot milk, since the rainy weather. If you like, Also follow me on Instagram, Facebook and on my channel You Tube. That Sicily is with you. Have a good day!

BUN COL Tuppo (Sicilian recipe)

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  • 500 g of strong flour (W 300-350, okay a Manitoba)
  • 170 milliliters of whole milk
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 2 grams of active dry yeast (or 5 grams of fresh beer or 120 grams of sourdough yeast)
  • 5 grams of salt
  • 80 grams of butter
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 tablespoon honey (20 grams)
  • the grated rind of an orange and a lemon organic
  • one egg yolk and a little milk to brush the croissants


Sicilian Brioches (those with Tuppo)

A process for preparing the brioche with Tuppo with brewer's yeast, Dry and cool. Put the milk in a saucepan and warm it slightly: It must be lukewarm (About 25-27 degrees). Where milk had become too hot, let it cool. Once you reach the right temperature, dissolve in the milk dry brewer's yeast (or that cool). Put the flour in the bowl of the planetary or in a large bowl (if you make a dough by hand), pour the milk with yeast and start kneading.

When you have a coarse mixture, add eggs, one at a time, while continuing to knead. Add the sugar, honey, Salt, orange zest and lemon. Continue to work the dough. Melt the butter in sweet fire, let cool and pour in sull'impasto, always working with whips hook, or with hands. Continue until the dough will not become smooth, polished, elastic and dry (He will not stick to your hands or the bowl). Put the dough in a large bowl (better if plastic) and cover with plastic wrap. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 24-36 hours.

A process for producing croissants with Tuppo with yeast. If you decided to use the yeast (which provides greater softness and a greater duration of brioches), you have to cool it at least twice before making brioche. Once, for the second time, It will be tripled in 3 hours, started to work the flour with warm milk. Add the yeast into small pieces and work until dough is smooth. Continue adding the eggs one at a time, sugar, honey, Salt, citrus zest and butter.

Even in this case, you have to work the dough for a long time in order to obtain a glossy mass, elastic, smooth and it does not stick to the hands or of the planetary hook. Put the dough in a large bowl (better if plastic). Cover with plastic wrap. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 24-36 hours.

When he spent the curing time of the mixture in the refrigerator (you will see that even in the cold the dough will already be a little’ grown up), transfer it to a warm, dry place for leavening. In a warm room around 25 degrees, or in the oven with the light turned on. Wait until the volume of the mass will not be doubled. The times will be shorter when you use fresh yeast, dry, compared with the processing times with the yeast.

The molding of croissants with Tuppo. Once the dough is leavened, remove it from the bowl, put it on the work surface. Divide the dough into 8 pieces from 80 grams (the basic amount of brioche) and other 8 pieces from 15 grams (the Tuppo). Pirlare larger dough rounding up on themselves. Modeling smaller dough so as to form a ball, then tighten the ball between the fingers giving it a conical shape at one of its ends. Pressing with your fingers, make a hole in the center of the base of croissants and (with a little’ decision) insert into the hole the conical, will become the “Tuppo” brioche.

Place the brioche with Tuppo on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and light and let rise until doubled.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees static.

Mix the egg yolk with a little’ milk and brush twice brioche with Tuppo with this compound. Bake in preheated oven. Cook for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack brioches. Once ready, brioches with Tuppo can be closed in a freezing bag. Like this, They keep for a day or two (will not be as soft as freshly baked, but still good). Or, you can freeze the brioche with Tuppo already cooked, decongelarle in the refrigerator overnight and, before you enjoy them, bake at 50-60 degrees for five minutes so as to make them fragrant back. Bon appétit!

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Joseph 5 April 2019 at 20:13


Followed your recipe. Just a question. I have an oven with a fan. A pasticcere from Catania told me to cook them at 140°.. what should I do? Everytime I make them at 180° in my oven the are cooked only outside


Ada Parisi 5 April 2019 at 22:38

Hallo! So if your oven at 180 cooks only outside you must use less power, so let’s try at 160.usually I cook all the brioche at 180 but if your oven cook so much… let me know, ADA

elisabetta 28 February 2018 at 12:59

Thanks for the recipe, I love this kind of brioches, I d have to try !!!!!!!!!!

Ada Parisi 1 March 2018 at 11:25

Thanks Elizabeth! You have to try them, maybe some’ later in the spring, stuffed with a nice ice cream hazelnut and chocolate!


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