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At Maialino, they call them brioche caramellato. You might know them as sticky buns. In any case, biting into one is not unlike biting into a cloud—albeit a profoundly buttery cloud that’s been dunked in a vat of molten toffee. Pastry chef Jennifer Shelbo says a whole team of kitchen elves works late into the night to make sure these toothsome morsels arrive fresh for breakfast every day. They’re $3 a pop, but if you call ahead, you can order your brioche caramellato by the dozen.
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From the 2011 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine