Caramelized Cream Cheese-Strawberry Brioche
Caramelized Cream Cheese-Strawberry Brioche
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Rating:
4.8333335 (6 rated)
Servings:
4

Grilled cheese for dessert?! Why not! This recipe shows off just how versatile a grilled cheese sandwich is. This elegant play on the classic grilled cheese from Frederic Delaire, executive chef at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, looks beautiful and tastes even better Plus, it's a wonderful way to end a delicious meal.

Technique tip: Add a touch of Grand Marnier to the pastry crème for another layer of flavor.

Swap option: You can substitute strawberries for any berry that you like.

Ingredients

  • Strawberry coulis

    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1 cup strawberries
  • Sandwiches

    • 11 ounces (5½ tablespoons) butter, divided
    • 1 loaf brioche, sliced into four 1-inch-thick pieces
    • 10 ounces sugar
    • 1 cup pastry cream, homemade or store-bought
    • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
    • 1 pint fresh strawberries, cut in half or sliced
    • Strawberry coulis for garnish (recipe above)

Preparation

For the strawberry coulis:

Combine sugar and water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Add berries and simmer 15-20 minutes until berries are soft. Remove mixture from heat and let cool. Place cooled mixture into a blender and process until smooth. Strain to remove seeds, if desired.

For the sandwiches:

1. Set a pan over medium heat and coat with 1 ounce of the butter. Press the brioche slices into the pan and cook on each side for 2 minutes until golden brown. Place the slices on a plate.

2. In the same pan, over low heat melt the remaining butter with sugar and cook until the mixture turns into a caramel-like sauce, about 5-8 minutes.

3. Once the caramel is ready, remove the pan from the heat and dip the 4 slices of grilled brioche into the sauce. The caramel will soak into the brioche and stick to the outside of each slice.

4. Place the brioche slices on a non-stick surface and let them cool for 15 minutes. The brioche will become crispy on the outside.

5. In a bowl, combine the pastry cream with the cream cheese and whip until it becomes fluffy.

6. Place the brioche in the center of a plate and add a heaping spoonful of the cream cheese mixture on top and spread to cover the bread. Place strawberries on top and drizzle strawberry coulis.