BBB ~ Sprouted Wheat Sweet Potato Cherry Brioche Coffee Cake
Recipe By: Inspired by Judy’s (Gross Eats) recipe for Blueberry Brioche Coffee Cake
I do love combinations … but one should be much more careful when combining two recipes OR one should engage the brain much more than I did.
I aimed for whole grain and I got that by using a recipe I found in Peter Reinhart’s Bread Revolution. Sprouted Wheat Sweet Potato Brioche! Please be aware that the amounts and directions are my own. You will need to take a look at his book “Bread Revolution” for his recipe.
I should have known I was working with whole grains AND adding sweet potato was going to make this extra. BUT when I went to look for the baking time I looked at Judy’s recipe that used white flour … and went my merry way. It was way under-baked and still this was spectacular.
I’m going to let you check out Judy’s web site for the recipe she brought to us but I’ll show you the recipe as I did it here.
Since Gorn is an all time cherry lover, I made my filling cherry jam! I really cut the sugar. The Cherry Jam was so successful, I had to make it again the next day to put on the plain Brioche and just simple toast when the Brioche ran out.
My Cherry Brioche Coffee Cake
650 grams sprouted whole wheat flour
20 grams brown sugar
12 grams salt
18 grams yeast
50 grams 1 egg
72 grams 4 egg yolks
150 grams sweet potato puree
190 grams half & half
300 grams butter unsalted at room temperature
30 ounces frozen sweet cherries, 3 bags
1/3 cup brown sugar
lemon , zest and juice
1/3 cup oat bran, heaping
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, my addition
1/3 cup brown sugar, short
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1. Whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar, salt and yeast.
Mix together the egg, egg yolks, sweet potato puree and the milk forming a soft dough.
I used my Dad’s old KitchenAid.
Use the dough hook and mix on medium low until the dough pulls from the sides of the bowl.
2. Cut the butter in 4 to 8 pieces. Add one at a time mixing on medium low speed. Watch for each piece to be fully incorporated before adding more.
The dough should now feel soft, tacky and supple. It should feel bouncy when patted. If very sticky add a little more flour.
3. Using a bowl scraper, transfer the dough to an oiled work counter.
Stretch and fold the dough over itself four times: once each from the top, bottom and each side.
4. Either oil the bowl to place the dough into or oil your hands and pat the dough all over and place it in a large bowl.
Allow the dough to rest on the counter 30 minutes covered (I use a shower cap).
5. 12 hours/overnight in the refigerator. After resting at room temperature for 30 minutes, place the bowl covered in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours. The dough is best baked within two days because of the high yeast content.
6. Remove the dough for some time before you bake. Time in the refrigerator allows the whole grain to fully hydrate and cooling all that butter makes it easier to handle.
7. Coffee Cake shaping This was a trick for me. I had no spring form pan. The closest I could even remotely come to was an angle food cake pan. Somehow I managed to line the outer side of the pan with several pieces of parchment paper and anchored them with the removable bottom.
I used about 2/3 of my total dough for the coffee cake and made a small plain loaf with the remaining 1/3.
The coffee cake dough I divided into three approximately equal pieces, rolled each into a circle to fit the pan, gently poked and then stretched a hole in the middle and dropped it over the middle tube put cherry jam on that, two more layers of dough with cherry jam between each layer of dough.
8. Cover the pan with shower cap and allow to rise 90 to 120 minutes. Mine took the 120 minutes.
9. Reinhart says to bake loaves at 400° for 50 to 60 minutes.
I baked mine at 375° for 50 minutes. It was under-baked. I think next time I’d bake at 380° for 60 to 65 minutes, ideally I’d have my thermometer and look for an internal temp of 195°. The jam may make an accurate measurement difficult.
This was so wonderful. Thank you Judy!
If you would like to bake along with us as a Buddy, send Judy a description of what you did and some photographs by August 29th, and it will publish in the Buddy Roundup and you’ll receive a Buddy Badge. Email is jahunt22 at gmail.com.
August 16, 2018 at 10:15 pm
I love your rigged up pan! Excellent improvisation. Your adaptation sounds delicious!
August 16, 2018 at 10:20 pm
Rigged up is right. But it did allow me to get the coffee cake out sort of like a spring form would have.
August 16, 2018 at 10:37 pm
What a great version! I love cherry jam, so I will have to try your recipe.
August 16, 2018 at 10:40 pm
Hard to go wrong with cherries. Really really liked this coffee cake.
August 17, 2018 at 11:00 am
Now THAT’S a coffee cake!! How brilliant of you to use sweet potato in the dough and cherries in the filling. (Like Judy, I too adore cherry jam.)
Is the “half and half” you used the same as 10% cream?
August 18, 2018 at 4:35 am
Haha Elizabeth I’ve never thought to ask what half & half was. “Half and half is between 10.5 percent and 18 percent milk fat. -It is normally used in coffee or on cereal. -Light Cream is also known as table cream. -Light cream can contain anywhere from 18 percent to 30 percent fat, but usually has about 20 percent.”
Different Uses for Cream | Martha Stewart
August 18, 2018 at 4:37 am
The sweet potato was Peter Reinhart’s idea not mine but I liked it and went with it.
August 17, 2018 at 12:55 pm
You cut the sugar even more than I did and I went back by half, but your jam looks amazing! So does that brioche! Love your adaptation with the tube pan, probably helped it get as done as it did. I overbaked mine a little because it was indeed hard to tell.
August 18, 2018 at 4:38 am
So you felt yours was overdone. That would mean that it’s falling in the middle like mine did was maybe due more to heavy filling than doneness.
August 17, 2018 at 1:30 pm
Talk about creative license….. Well, it did have layers! And looks delicious. Sweet potato, eh….. I like that.
August 18, 2018 at 4:31 am
Creative license! I’m all for it when I can make it healthy and the taste is so good you never think I’m missing something here.
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August 17, 2018 at 4:31 pm
What an awesome combination! Very clever use of tube pan also. Am going to make this. Darn back anyway. Your topping looks particularly toothsome.
August 18, 2018 at 4:29 am
Oh Pat our poor bodies. I know my back is so tired and stiff by the end of the day that it’s awful to think what I felt at the beginning was good. I do love the oat bran and walnuts in a topping like this, taste and health wise seems so much better.