Breakfast of Champions

Brioche Circles with Brie and Cherries

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Each Thursday, Emily Vikre (a.k.a fiveandspice) will be sharing a new way to love breakfast -- because breakfast isn't just the most important meal of the day. It's also the most awesome.

Today: A project that's very, very (very, very) worth it. 

Brioche Circles from Food52

In the places I live, I seem to make friends with people and with bakeries. At least, I figure that must be what I’m doing because those are the things I feel bonded to and that I miss when I move away: my special people and my special bakeries.

The last neighborhood we lived in had my favorite bakery I’ve ever made friends with.  It was (is, I suppose, but I’m not there anymore, so, was) spectacularly tiny and everything they made was spectacularly delicious.  Perfectly flaky croissants and galettes, rustic fruit studded cakes, tender scones. I never ate a thing there I didn’t love. Unsurprisingly, my husband and I wandered our way over there every weekend to pick up a treat or two.

One of my favorite treats for mornings there was a round pillow of brioche topped with a slice of brie, a drizzle of honey, and seasonal fruit. This week I found myself so missing that bakery and those brioche circles, I decided I would just have to bake my own to eat for breakfast, gosh darn it. These are undeniably a project, but they are so very, very (very, very) worth it. And while there is, of course, no brioche like fresh brioche, if you make them on the weekend, the leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for several days and reheat quite nicely. Imagine how pleased you’ll feel with yourself come Tuesday morning!  

Brioche Circles with Brie and Cherries

Makes 8

Brioche

315 grams (2 1/4 cups) all-purpose flour
340 grams (2 1/4 cups) bread flour
3 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
80 grams (1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon) sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
5 large eggs
310 grams (1 cup + 6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into about 12 pieces

Filling and assembly

About 3 1/2 cups ripe cherries, washed, stemmed, and pitted
3 tablespoons honey
8 pieces of Brie, each about 1 inch square (or a bit more) and 1/3-inch thick
1/2 of the batch of brioche dough

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by Emily Vikre

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about 1 year ago Randi LaMadeleine

This may be my weekend project; swapping out the cherry topping with an apple/spice one.

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12 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yum! Apples will be delicious!

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about 1 year ago Al Story

My aunt taught me to me to make this recipe when i was 12. I love this special treat. I often put almonds in the recipe. I toast then first.

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about 1 year ago Al Story

Try Taleggio sometimes. A good cup of coffee is is excellent with this pastry.

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Mmm.

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about 1 year ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

this sounds marvelous, emily, and i think it'd also be great with goat cheese!

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

I completely agree!

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about 1 year ago Brette Warshaw

I love special people and special bakeries.

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

I love them too. ;)

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about 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

These look amazing. What was the bakery's name? Boston, right?

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yup, Boston. The bakery is called Canto 6. It's in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood - i.e. kind of out of the way, but definitely worth a visit.

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about 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Going next time I'm there!

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

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Oh how wonderful, I would love one of those any time of day. Would love to play with different types of cheese also.

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Absolutely! Different types of cheese and different types of fruit! You could make so many combinations.