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I am looking for a brioche recipe that I can use to make cinnamon rolls or sticky buns. I have Baking with Julia but the book mentions that you need a heavy duty mixer, which I do not own. Do you really need a mixer to make brioche?

I would also welcome any tried and true cinnamon roll recipes. I had one of the best and one of the worst rolls last week. The best one was at the 'craft kiosk in Bryant Park. The dough was soft and flaky/doughy. The worst one was at Corrado bakery in Grand Central. It was hard as a rock - there was no pulling it apart. I got it in the morning so I really don't understand why it was so bad.

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  1. I have used the Baking With Julia recipe and have made sublime pecan sticky buns (also from that book) with it. Unfortunately, though, I would not do it again without a reasonably heavy-duty stand mixer. I did without once in a pinch on Christmas eve, and while everyone loved the final result, no amount of adulation could make up for what a pain it was. I suspect the same would be true for just about any brioche recipe.

    While I'm talking about that book, though, allow me to put in a plug for the apricot rugelach recipe -- it is fantastic! Again, messy and a lot of work (esp. if you make the filling from scratch, which I do), but worth it!

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    1. re: jnovgirl

      Oh, one more thing -- If you do decide to try it without the heavy-duty mixer, just do it by hand -- it will take a long time and be tiring, but if you try a non-heavy-duty mixer, you'll just burn it out.

      1. re: jnovgirl

        Alton Browns, I'm Just Here For More Food, has a variation for brioche by hand.
        -Becca