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Bussolai

  • Cook Time: 12 - 15 minutes
  • Servings: 30
  • Course: Dessert

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water (105 F° to 115 F° )
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut up and softened
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum or orange juice
  • 4 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1/2 cup lemon and/or orange juice
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Directions

Step 1

Place the warm water in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the 1 tablespoon granulated sugar until it dissolves. Sprinkle the yeast in the water and let mixture stand for 5 minutes or until it bubbles. Stir in the 3/4 cup flour to make a smooth wet batter. Cover and let batter rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.

Step 2

In another small bowl, beat the egg, egg yolk, the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and salt with a wooden spoon. Pour egg mixture into the yeast mixture. Stir in 3 cups of the flour, the butter, dark rum, orange peel, and lemon peel. Stir until combined. Stir in as much of the remaining 1/2 cup flour as you can.

Step 3

Transer dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead in remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough (3 to 4 minutes). Shape dough into a ball. Place ball in a lightly buttered bowl, turning once to grease the surface of the dough. Cover dough and let rise in a warm place until double in size (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours). Punch down dough. Transfer dough out to a lightly floured surface; divide in half.

Step 4

Cover; let rest for 10 minutes. With a dough scraper or sharp knife, chop each dough portion into 15 pieces.

Step 5

To shape, roll each piece of dough into a rope about 1/2 inch thick and about 8 inches long. Form each rope into a ring and pinch the ends together.

Step 6

Arrange the rings 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with Reynolds® Parchment Paper or a sheet greased with butter.

Step 7

Cover the sheets with kitchen towels and let the bussolai rise for 30 minutes.

Step 8

To bake two sheets of bussolai at a time, place a rack in the upper third of the oven and another in the lower third.

Step 9

Preheat oven to 375 F°.

Step 10

Bake the bussolai in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. If baking two baking sheets at once, rotate the pans halfway through baking.

Step 11

Transfer bussolai to a wire rack and cool completely.

Step 12

Meanwhile, for the glaze, place the lemon and/or orange juice in a large bowl.

Step 13

Sift the powdered sugar into the juice. Stir to combine. (If you prefer a thinner glaze, stir additional juice into the glaze.)

Step 14

Dip top of each ring into the glaze and flip it upright and place on a wire rack. Let the glaze set.

Step 15

Arrange bussolai on a serving platter or hang them on the Christmas tree.

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