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Strawberry Jam Spelt Brioche Bread

Nicoletta June 4, 2020

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Strawberry Jam Spelt Brioche Bread. If you like toast and jam, you are going to absolutely love this! Imagine a soft, mildly sweet, spelt flour brioche bread with a swirl of luscious homemade strawberry jam. Ideal for your breakfast/brunch, snack, and dessert.

Song of the day: “Simply Irresistible” by Robert Palmer.

Strawberry jam brioche bread-feature

I don’t know about you, but jam is always there, on my breakfast table. Homemade jam for the most part, whether mine or my dad’s, to spread on toasted bread, fetta biscottata, crumpet or English muffin; to top on pancakes or waffles; to fill a cake or crostata. In this case, a delectable homemade strawberry jam creates heavenly swirls of luxurious brioche bread made with spelt flour.

 

 

Spelt brioche bread

This recipe is pretty easy and is the one I use regularly. I simply swap ingredients from time to time: honey/sugar, fresh yeast/dry yeast, chocolate spread/jam; or change shape: pain brioche, rolls, or wreath. Not to mention, you don’t have to have a stand mixer to make it. In fact, when I’m in Rome and I don’t have a stand mixer, I knead the dough by hand for 5-10 minutes until smooth. However, by all means, kneading dough is so therapeutic!

Strawberry jam brioche bread-two slices

Let’s start

Unlike my other brioche dough recipe, this spelt brioche dough doesn’t require to stay overnight in the fridge. 

  • First rise: shape the dough into a ball and place it back in the bowl (pic. 1). Cover it with a clean cloth and let the dough rise for 2 hours at room temperature, protected from air draughts. Pictures 2 and 3 show how the dough has risen after 1 hour and after 2 hours.

Time to rock-and-roll

  • When the dough has risen, punch it down, then place it onto a floured surface. Quickly knead it a few more seconds, then roll it with a rolling pin trying to get a rectangle of dough about 3 mm thick (30×40 cm).
  • After, spread a layer of strawberry jam, leaving about 2 cm of empty border all around.

TIP: Don’t do like me: do not put too much jam and try using a thicker jam so the rolling won’t be too messy.

Do you like braiding?

It’s hard to roll, cut int two, and braid without getting your hands dirty. Hence, that’s why it’s hard to take pictures. Anyway, this is how it goes:

  • Roll the dough on itself lengthwise to form a roll, then place it in front of you and with a sharp knife cut the center lengthwise, being careful to start the cut leaving intact the edge farthest from you, so that, when you are finished cutting, the two halves are not completely separated but remain attached to one of the two borders for at least 5 cm.

25-30 minutes and the brioche bread is done!

Watch while it’s cooking so it doesn’t overcook. You can put a piece of foil to cover the top if you see it is browning too much. Leave it in the pan to cool down before unmolding.

Strawberry jam brioche bread-baked

Warning: you might want to take it out of the pan and taste it right away, or you might have to fend off family members wanting to get to the bread as soon as it comes out of the oven, lol.

All in all, I have to say, brioche bread is amazing when still slightly warm. Soft, fragrant, and just mildly sweet, with swirls of jam making it beautiful and more delectable.

Strawberry jam brioche bread-slices

So many ways to enjoy this brioche!

In conclusion, slice it and enjoy it as it is, toasted, plain, slathered in butter or more jam (my favorite!). For breakfast, brunch, merenda (snack), and also dessert. Indeed, slice after slice, we finished this Strawberry Jam Spelt Brioche Bread by the second day. 

Song of the day: “Simply Irresistible” by Robert Palmer.

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Strawberry jam brioche bread-feature

Strawberry Jam Spelt Brioche Bread

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 50 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast, brunch
  • Method: Baking

Description

Strawberry Jam Spelt Brioche Bread. If you like toast and jam, you are going to absolutely love this! Imagine a soft, mildly sweet, spelt flour brioche bread with a swirl of luscious homemade strawberry jam. Ideal for your breakfast/brunch, snack, and dessert.


Ingredients

  • 300 g spelt flour
  • 4 g dry yeast (or 12 g fresh yeast)
  • 120 ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 40 g butter, soft
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp sugar (or honey)

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk.
  2. Put the flour in a large bowl. Make a hole in the middle.
  3. Pour the yeast mixture into the hole in the center of the flour.
  4. Add sugar (or honey), salt, egg, butter, and mix everything with your hands.
  5. Transfer the dough on a work surface and mix vigorously for 5-10 minutes, until it is very smooth and not sticky anymore. (If you don’t want to knead by hand, you can use a stand mixer).
  6. Shape the dough into a ball and place it back in the bowl. Cover it with a clean cloth and let the dough rise for 2 hours at room temperature, protected from air draughts.
  7. In the meantime, butter a loaf pan.
  8. When the dough has risen, punch it down, then place it onto a floured surface. Quickly knead it a few more seconds, then roll it with a rolling pin trying to get a rectangle of dough about 3 mm thick (30×40 cm).
  9. Once the dough is stretched, spread a layer of strawberry jam, leaving about 2 centimeters of empty border all around.
  10. Next, roll the dough on itself lengthwise to form a roll, then place it in front of you and with a sharp knife cut the center lengthwise, being careful to start the cut leaving intact the edge farthest from you, so that, when you are finished cutting, the two halves are not completely separated but remain attached to one of the two borders for at least 5 cm.
  11. Now braid the two edges without tightening and try to keep the dough with the jam on top (it’s a messy affair).
  12. Lastly, gently place the brioche in the prepared loaf pan and let rise for 1 more hour at room temperature, covered with a towel.
  13. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180° C (355° F).
  14. Bake the strawberry jam brioche bread for about 25-30 minutes, watching while cooking so that it doesn’t overcook. You can put a piece of foil to cover the top if you see it is browning too much.
  15. Allow the brioche to cool down in the loaf pan before unmolding.

Notes

You can brush the surface with egg wash and sprinkle coarse sugar before putting it in the oven. I brushed it with milk and avoided adding more sugar.

The brioche bread lasts a few days at room temperature. You can warm it up in the oven, but it’s also good cold.

You can use any jam, store-bought or homemade, chunky or smooth, better if not too runny.

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8 Comments

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    Reply Colleen June 10, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    I agree, hand kneading is so therapeutic! This is a beautiful loaf and with the jam built right in, it will be so delicious. I’m salivating over the thought of a still warm from the oven slice!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 12, 2020 at 11:11 pm

      Warm from the oven is the best! My family enjoyed it so much. Thank you!

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    Reply Lisa June 13, 2020 at 12:02 am

    This looks so soft and tender and delicious! I love the braid in in the bread, too and the jam swirls. And yes…while a stand mixer is great, hand kneading is so satisfying to do. 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta June 13, 2020 at 12:07 am

      Yes! It was soft and delicious! I can’t wait to make it again. Thank you!

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    Reply Isabelle @ Crumb June 15, 2020 at 7:35 am

    I love the use of spelt flour in this recipe. It’s such an under-appreciated grain, which is a shame because the flavour is simply amazing. I’m always on the lookout for recipes to use up the odds and ends of jam that are kicking around in the fridge, so definitely going to be giving this one a try!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta July 2, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      Spelt is such an amazing grain! I highly recommend baking with spelt flour. The jam is everything in this bread 😉 . Thank you!

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    Reply Milena July 3, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Such a lovely brioche loaf! And the spelt flour takes it over the top flavor wise. I hope you are doing well in Rome, baking therapy is just the thing for these trying times. Hugs!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta July 3, 2020 at 8:36 am

      Hi Milena! Thank you so much! I am back in Edmonton, finally. I am finishing today my two weeks of quarantine. And still baking a lot! 🙂

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