Sunday, July 12, 2009


What did I learn this week?
  • "paucity" -  n.     smallness of quantity; scarcity (
  • "Brioche" - n.    A soft, light-textured bread made from eggs, butter, flour, and yeast and formed into a roll or a bun (
  • "plums"
I had no idea what "paucity" meant.   I am not a student of the English language, but it doesn't really seem like a noun -  more of an adjective or something else.   I don't see how the above definition is either a person, place or thing.   But, I could be wrong.......

Having heard the word "brioche" several times, I had never  thought about it or what it really means.     I can't say that now, but (honestly) can not say that I understand it either...

Plums - hmmm, not so much!   They are too expensive and too "iffy" for my tastes.    There had to be another option (and the good bakers on TWD had a great suggestion).

I settled on a 2-part approach....    

This dough sort of scared me - it was nothing like I had worked with before.   But, I followed the directions and maintained hope for the results.   

The only tart pan that I had was a 14" x 4" rectangle.   The dough fit pretty well (I think) in the pan.   A scrap gave me the ability to separate the two flavors.

I chose blueberries and strawberries.   Both were in the refrigerator and needed to be used.   

Blueberries and home-made blueberry jam

Strawberries and Nutella (thank you TWD bakers)

Even though the pictures are awful - it was sort of "pretty" before its last proofing.

I have no idea if this is how brioche is suppose to look!?   But, I will try these again and do know that they tasted very good.   I am not sure there is a flavor winner in our house (but the Strawberry and Nutella was awesome (and is my favorite)).

An authentic brioche will be tried - first opportunity I have!


  1. I'm actually making this tomorrow. I am using plums and some sort of jam on one side and Nutella and cherries on the other! I can't wait to try it, though I can only have a little due to my diet (diabetic). It sounds soooo good :)

  2. So THAT'S what I'll use those 2 big jars of Nutella (from Costco) on.... great idea! These look great - and I love your tart pan. It's nice that you used up fruit and married flavors so nicely. They look delicous!

  3. Yea, I'm not a huge fan of plums either. Way to take this dessert to the next level, I love the cool rectangular shape and the fruits sound delish.

    Nice job!

  4. Looks delicious!
    Strawberry and Nutella, what a great idea.
    Love your rectangular pan.