Apple and Date Brioche

{Weekend Herb Blogging}

Apple and Date Brioche

I cannot wait for the holidays to start. We don´t really celebrate Christmas around here, but a few days of rest are so welcomed at this stage. I know we will try to organise our place, which has been in a disgraceful mess for a while now. More boxes to be sorted, study (and studio) room to be organized. Not to mention the kitchen and my (shamefully large and still growing) collection of baking items.

Hopefully the weather will be nicer, too. It´s been a weird summer here in Melbourne – like today, it´s actually cold. I cannot believe that I´m still wearing my thick jumper at this time of the year.

At the market there are plenty of nice summer fruits around. But today I´ve chosen to feature a nice good all year round fruit – Granny Smith Apples. The fruits are thinly sliced, tossed through some lemon juice and baked on a lovely buttery golden brioche. I adore this combination – fruity and buttery. If only a brioche a day would do me good as an apple does!

This entry is prepared for Weekend Herb Blogging. This week edition is hosted by the lovely Haalo from Cook (almost) anything at least once. Please drop by her blog for the round up!

Apple and Date Brioche

Apple and Date Brioche

Recipe adapted from Gourmet Traveller
Printable recipe

Ingredients
7 gm dried yeast (about 1 sachet)
2 tbsp warm milk
275 gm plain flour, plus extra for dusting
40 gm caster sugar
3 eggs
175 gm softened butter, coarsely chopped
For brushing: eggwash
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
80 gm pitted dates, chopped
110 gm (½ cup) raw sugar
Juice of one lemon
Method
Combine yeast and milk in a small bowl, stir to dissolve yeast and set aside until foamy (5-7 minutes).

Combine yeast mixture, flour, sugar, eggs and 1 tsp fine sea salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook and mix until dough is smooth and elastic (8-10 minutes).

Add butter a little at a time, allowing each addition to be incorporated before adding the next, and beat until dough is smooth and glossy (2-3 minutes), then cover dough with a tea towel and stand in a warm place until doubled in size (1-2 hours).

Knock back the dough, cover and let it rest overnight in the fridge.
The next day bring the dough out of the fridge and let rest until the dough is at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 220C.
Place on a lightly buttered and floured baking tray and shape into a 25cm-diameter circle.
Toss the sliced apples through lemon juice, some of the sugar.
Brush top of brioche with eggwash, scatter with apples and dates, then sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden (35-40 minutes).

32 Responses to Apple and Date Brioche

  1. leaf (the indolent cook) says:

    That looks seriously yummy… right up my alley!

  2. Phuoc'n Delicious says:

    Oh delicious! This combo seems really nice, especially with the brioche mmmm… I hope you find yourself some well deserved rest over the holidays, as I'm trying to find mine amongst the time I do have to come into work :(

  3. La Table De Nana says:

    Your brioche on the paper is simply stunning..

  4. jayne says:

    This recipe looks delicious, a perfect mix of sweet and tart.. i love it!

  5. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) says:

    I made the same brioche from GT but found the oven temperature was too high and burned the edges. Otherwise, it's a great brioche recipe!

  6. chocolatesuze says:

    it's crazy cold in sydney too! but yum this brioche looks fabulous and i think i would be tempted to add some cinnamon mmm

  7. Johanna GGG says:

    looks lovely – just right for this weather- I had on two cardigans last night because I was so cold – that is crazy!

  8. OohLookBel says:

    Your brioche presentation looks like it was bought from an expensive patisserie. It looks very delicious,too!

  9. Hannah says:

    I know exactly what you mean! It was raining in Canberra yesterday, and today I'm wearing my New York winter jacket and thick socks. I want my summer back!
    I've become a bit addicted to dates lately!

  10. justcooknyc.com says:

    i love how rustic this looks

  11. Michelle Chin says:

    This brioche is certainly unique. :) Very pizza like. :D

  12. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed says:

    I love the addition of fruit with brioche. This looks just beautiful! I also hope the weather picks up soon! It's seriously strange. And yes, a few days of rest will be very very welcome :)

  13. Faith says:

    Your brioche looks wonderful, Anh! Great use for granny smith apples. I hope you have a relaxing week and have fun organizing your space!

  14. Zara says:

    I adore dates and everything dates including, but never tried them with apples yet! Looking so tasty!

  15. Little Corner of Mine says:

    Looks great, who could resist a brioche?

  16. tigerfish says:

    Hardly see a flat brioche like that. This looks like dessert pizza :)

  17. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    My mom used to always buy me a fruit topped bread from our local bakery when I was younger. I haven't seen it since I grew up and started baking myself, but I've become convinced it was some sort of brioche. Something similar to this in fact. Yours looks absolutely scrumptious :).

  18. Claudia says:

    This would make a wonderful breakfast, especially since you can prepare it ahead, let it rest in the fridge and bake the next morning. I can't wait to try it.

  19. penny aka jeroxie says:

    We are having a weird summer. Wet, cold and so not summer.

  20. shaz says:

    It was freezing in Sydney yesterday! Strange summer weather for sure. I love brioche too, especially those little ones with the large sugar bits on top, mmmm. Your apple and date version looks delicious.

  21. Hannah says:

    Mm, looks like dessert pizza, only so much better!

  22. Monet says:

    This looks just delicious. I would love to serve this at our Christmas brunch. Aren't apples just wonderful for baking? I hope that you are having a wonderful week of rest and celebration. Thanks for sharing, my sweet friend!

  23. WizzyTheStick says:

    Just right for a special breakfast with loved ones. Yum.

  24. Shirley @ Kokken69 says:

    Still cold at this time of the year? That's really wierd…. Anyway, I think your brioche looks fabulous. Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming new year!

  25. Jo says:

    Looks absolutely delicious.

  26. Aparna says:

    A great way to make brioche. I can eat brioche anyway and if its somewhat like apple pie, even better!

  27. cusinera says:

    This looks so yummy with this rainy season we're having=) Belated Merry Xmas and Foodtabalous New Year…

  28. Nicki - Dinnerware says:

    Happy new year to you and each of your readers!

  29. Soma says:

    This is beautiful and seeing this makes me want an apple pie now :-) I want some summer here.

  30. ChichaJo says:

    It's raining over here and this looks perfect to have with a cup of steaming tea…Happy holidays and all the best for 2011 Anh! :)

  31. lilyng says:

    happy new year

  32. Y says:

    Happy belated Christmas and Happy New Year Anh! x

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