Strawberry & Brown Sugar Brioche Tart

Strawberry Brown Sugar Brioche Tart

It seems every winter I catch the baking bug. There is nothing quite like a house heated by a warm oven and filled with the scent of home baked goods.

This winter I’ve found myself strangely attracted to working with yeast dough. I’ve always had an aversion to working with the live rising agent due to its unpredictable nature. But lately, after being inspired by many yeast based recipes, I decided to conquer my phobia… and it turned out to be the best baking decision I have ever made.

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Working with yeast has become my favourite thing to do. There is an incredible feeling of happiness associated with rising dough and the smell that yeast brings to the kitchen.

Beginning to work with yeast was no easy challenge, so I turned to the masters of home baking (…my grandparents) for advice. I learnt countless passed down family secrets, treasured techniques and tips for baking and perfecting dough… some of which I have shared below in the recipe list.

Armed with my new found baking knowledge I set out to tackle a recipe I have always ogled but never had the confidence to try… a Strawberry & Brown Sugar Brioche Tart.

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Along with any other person with a serious sweet tooth, I love a tart and this recipe is the most delicious I have ever tasted… mainly due to the softly textured brioche base! I have definitely converted into using dough as a tart base; shortcrust pastry seriously cannot live up to the texture of a crisp, fluffy and buttery brioche base.

The brioche dough is lightly infused with orange zest, topped with a muslin strained brown sugar labne and scattered with liqueur infused strawberries and a sprinkling of sugar. It’s almost a far stretch calling it a tart…the recipe is similar to a dessert pizza, with sweet toppings on a soft beyond belief brioche dough base.

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There is ample room for experimentation with the tart recipe, the strawberries can be substituted for almost any other in season fruit (…apricots taste divine); the brown sugar labne can also be further infused with spices or even naughtily spiked with alcohol.

With all the incredible recipes available, I usually never make the same dessert twice! However, this Strawberry & Brown Sugar Brioche tart has definitely become a favourite and one that I will continue to create. I cannot recommend this recipe enough… you will never feel the same about normal tart pastry again!

Strawberry & Brown Sugar Brioche Tart
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
For the brioche base
  1. 1/3 cup whole milk
  2. 1 tsp instant dried yeast
  3. 150gm softened butter
  4. 70gm brown sugar
  5. 1 egg, room temperature
  6. Juice of 1/2 orange and rind
  7. 2 2/3 cups plain flour
For the brown sugar labne
  1. 600gm thick plain yogurt
  2. 150gm brown sugar
  3. 1tsp vanilla essence
For the topping
  1. 250gm strawberries, hulled and sliced
  2. 50ml strawberry liqueur (optional)
  3. 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  4. 3 tbsp demerara sugar
  5. Zest of half an orange
For the brown sugar labne
  1. Spoon a quarter of the yogurt into muslin-lined sieve placed over a deep bowl.
  2. Scatter with a quarter of the brown sugar.
  3. With a spoon pass the yogurt and brown sugar through the muslin and sieve. Repeat process in quarters until all sugar and yogurt are used. Mix in vanilla.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
For the macerated strawberries
  1. Two hours before baking, in a bowl combine sliced strawberries, liqueur and a tablespoon of caster sugar in a bowl. Let stand until assembly.
For the dough
  1. Heat milk to lukewarm, stir in yeast. Stand in a warm place until foaming (3 to 5 minutes).
  2. With an electric mixer, combine butter, brown sugar, egg, orange juice and rind (the mixture should look curdled).
  3. Add 1 cup of the flour, combine with mixer. Add the yeast mixture, then remaining flour and combine to process a soft dough.
  4. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead to form a smooth ball.
  5. Place in a lightly buttered bowl, cover with a tea towel and stand in a warm draft free place until doubled in size (1 to 2 hours).
  6. When dough has risen, flip, punch down, re-knead and let rise again for 30 minutes.
For assembly
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius.
  2. Turn dough onto baking paper dusted with flour and roll into a 25cm pizza like round.
  3. Spread half the brown sugar labne over the dough leaving a 2.5 cm border.
  4. Brushed edges of brioche with a light egg wash.
  5. Scatter labne with macerated strawberries, orange zest and demerara sugar.
  6. Bake until golden and cooked through in the centre (25 to 40 minutes, the brioche will also crisp and harden upon standing when cooling).
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of brown sugar labne.
Yeast tips
  1. For proving, always foam the milk first with a whisk until bubbling. Then add instant yeast, re-whisk and let sit.
  2. For kneading, don't be afraid to really bash and throw the dough. The harder the dough is worked, the more aerated and activated the yeast will become.
  3. Never cover rising dough with plastic cling wrap, always a warm tea towel.
  4. If dough has not risen enough, add a saucepan of boiling water underneath the dough bowl to give beast heat and steam to activate the rising process.
Adapted from Gourmet Traveller October 2012
Adapted from Gourmet Traveller October 2012
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Strawberry & Brown Sugar Brioche Tart

  • Nagi@RecipeTinEats April 13, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Delectable! This looks amazing and your photography is superb. I love those strawberries. It makes me crave for it. Magnificent brioche tart!

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  • Heather @ Cook It Up Paleo September 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    This looks amazing and your photography is phenomenal! 🙂

  • Marquis September 3, 2014 at 12:55 am

    This looks amazing! I may have to try my hand at tart making really soon. Also I may borrow this flavor combination from you in the future. I’ll let you know when I do.

  • Anjanee @ Fig & Honey September 1, 2014 at 8:39 am

    This looks delicious and I love the idea of a brioche base! Pictures are beautiful too!

  • Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen August 31, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Wow, the brioche base looks absolutely delicious. This is something I could really sink my teeth into!!

  • Rachel August 28, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Everything is better with brioche. This tart is absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to make one myself.

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  • PASSTHEKNIFE August 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    This looks really delicious and what a brilliant idea to use the brioche dough as a crust!

  • Taylor August 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Oh, I am totally with you on the smell of yeast. I just love the smell. That may make me a little weird. Oh, well. This looks so great – that brioche, drooooool. Definitely need to try this soon.

  • Diana August 26, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Wow! This looks amazing and I adore strawberries! Nice blog Thalia and great pics

  • Kathy @ olives & garlic August 26, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Whoa a brioche tart!!!! It looks amazing.

  • Chelsea F August 24, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Your pictures are phenomenal! You are truly talented.

  • Bill August 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    This tart looks amazing, Thalia! I love brioche and I’ve got to try this recipe. Great post!

  • Matt @ Plating Pixels August 22, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    This looks so fancy and decadent! Pinned for later and must try. I love your food photography style too!

  • Shikha @ Shikha la mode August 22, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I have a HUGE yeast phobia – I made a brioche bundt a few months ago but I was so scared of ruining it. What were your tips for conquering your fear here, because I really need to make this, it looks way too good not to try.

  • Allison August 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    The addition of yeast in here is just genius! As is turning brioche into a tart. It’s a couple of my favourite treats combined into one. And hello, I think you’re the brioche queen! hehe. The addition of the tart berries would be magical. I too catch the baking bug come winter -such a cozy activity 🙂

  • Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods August 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Wow, this tart is beautiful! I love brioche, but never thought to make it into a tart. Smart lady! Pinning

  • Mariana @The Candid Kitchen August 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I made ”the jump” recently too and I am with you: best decision ever! Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread and this looks unbelievably delicious.

  • Sarah August 21, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    This looks delicious! I love the shape of the tart even after it is cut ~ neat and no oozing!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter August 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I used to be iimidated by yeast but it’s not so bad after I tried it. Now I’m hooked 🙂 This tart is gorgeous, Thalia! Love all the pretty strawberries and it sounds amazing!

  • Chichi August 21, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    This brioche tart looks absolutely delicious

  • Rekha August 21, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Oh this tart looks absolutely delish! I must try this soon.
    The pictures are making me hungry 🙂 AWESOME

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 21, 2014 at 2:22 am

    I have a yeast phobia too! It intimidates me so! This looks incredible… and I have a raging sweet tooth. Brown sugar adds such a fabulous richness to baked goods. Gorgeous tart!

  • Danielle August 20, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Working with yeast has always been a little intimidating to me, I definitely think I need to get over that fear. This tart looks incredible! Beautiful pictures too.

  • Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong August 20, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Oh man!! The tart looks incredible.. love everything about it!! The pictures are gorgeous. . 🙂

  • John@Kitchen Riffs August 20, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    This is terrific! Wonderful dish, and so well prepared. Love the photos — they’re excellent. Thanks so much for this.

  • Laura Dembowski August 20, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I have never seen a dessert like this, and now I can’t stop thinking about it. It looks amazing!

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog August 20, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    How absolutely GORGEOUS does this tart look?!? I can’t believe that summer is slowly winding down, this will make the perfect dessert to keep the summer spirit alive!

  • Manali @ CookWithManali August 20, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    this looks awesome! 🙂 and you are not alone, I was terrified of yeast when I first started and now I can’t seem to get enough of it!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    That is a beautiful looking tart. I wish that was my dessert tonight.

  • Russell from Chasing Delicious August 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Lovely tart and delicious recipe!

  • Millie | Add a little August 20, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Such a beautiful Tart! Looks delicious Thalia!

  • Liz August 19, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    This is one exquisite tart! I’ve never thought of using brioche as a base, but I love the results!!! Pure heaven!

  • Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ August 19, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    A tart with a brioche base? This is the tart of my dream! Now I don’t know why tarts aren’t made always this way… a simply stunning recipe!

  • sue/the view from great island August 19, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Gorgeous — I can’t stop staring at the photos!

  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen August 19, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Oh this just looks so amazing!

  • Danielle | Krafted Koch August 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Oh my, this looks like a fantastic summer treat with the fresh strawberries and brightness from orange zest! Well, summer treat for us Americans, but I’m sure its just as good during your winter. 🙂 I love the results of yeast breads too, but I make them far too seldom. I might just have to get it in gear in order to make this!

  • Thea @ Baking Magique August 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    What a lovely post and dessert!

  • Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño August 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    This is so beautiful! I love a dessert that could easily be adaptable, making tonight with peaches! Yum!

  • Helen @ Scrummy Lane August 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    This is such an interesting recipe, Thalia … so different – in a very good way, of course! I just love brioche and can think of nothing more delicious than making it into this pizza-like tart. Oh, and that brown sugar labneh sounds SUPER interesting – never tried anything like this, but it sounds amazing!

  • judy @ I'm Bored, Let's Go August 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Wow, this looks so delicious! I’ve only used a bread machine to make a yeasted dough. This looks like something I NEED to try!

  • Emma August 19, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Really wonderful looking tart and beautiful photos!

    While I enjoy baking yeast goods on occasion, I admit to not having tried my hand at brioche although I do love to eat it 🙂 Genius idea to have a brioche base with luscious strawbs!

  • Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet. August 19, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Thalia this looks divine! I love your photography, it’s unique and makes me drool! I also like working with yeast, it’s so much fun! Especially if I’m making brioche 🙂 One of my favorites breads!

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen August 19, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Thalia, this looks AMAZING! Not only is it gorgeous to look at, but I want to sink my teeth right into it and take a huge bite! Absolutely fabulous! Pinned!

  • cheri August 19, 2014 at 3:41 am

    This is truly a thing of beauty. What a masterpiece Thalia!

  • Heather@ shards of lavender August 19, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Thalia, your tart looks so beautifully composed! I’ve never baked brioche before, but I may have to attempt after reading this post.

  • Nicky @ Kitchen Sanctuary August 18, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    oh my! That looks amazing! I love baking with yeast too, there’s something so comforting about the smell of the yeast, the kneading and the rising. I love the addition of the strawberries!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 18, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Hellooooooo gorgeous!! Such a stunning tart!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl August 18, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Really wishing I could reach through the screen and grab this tart. Really really really wish!

  • Yulia August 18, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Your recipe posts make me dream of cake! Seriously! I didn’t try yet to bake one (I shouldn’t, bikini moment approaching in 7 days), but I can’t stop stalking and writing the recipes down in my book 🙂 And I cannot resist the smell of yeast dough in the kitchen!

  • Jessica | A Happy Food Dance August 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Thalia this looks incredible – and I love the smell of a good yeast dough. I’ve never heard of a labne, but I’m super curious to try it!

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? August 18, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Wow! That is just gorgeous! Almost too pretty to eat, but I’m sure I could manage it. 😉

  • marcela August 18, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    omg. this is completely insane! Now i realized how hungry I am…

  • Christine @ Cooking with Cakes August 18, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    this is absolutely stunning!!!!! there truly are no other words 🙂

  • Mary August 18, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I grew up in a house where baking bread was a holiday treat. Now that I’m older I too am slightly obsessed with yeast. Anything that raises its fascinating to me. This recipe looks delicious, the Holiday season is fast,y approaching and I know my Italian In-Laws will love the idea of a dessert pizza. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Kari Peters August 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    This sounds like a perfect weekend breakfast – I love pastries made with brioche – just the right amount of sophisticated to the bread-i-ness!

  • marcie August 18, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Yeast breads are so comforting and the smell while they bake….that smell needs to be bottled! This tart is SO beautiful, and looks so delicious, Thalia. Pinning!

  • nancy at good food matters August 18, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    hi Thalia,
    First of all, thanks for visiting my blog—I’m happy to learn about Butter and Brioche, especially with the gorgeous brioche-based post. I love the series of fruit based confections that you currently have featured. I’ve been baking breads solely with sourdough starter lately. I wonder how I could adapt the starter for a sourdough brioche? Sounds delicious.

  • David @ Spiced August 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    This tart looks seriously delicious! I totally know why you ogled it for so long because I just stared at that picture for like 5 minutes. I might have even drooled a little bit. Nice job!!

  • Aysegul - Ice August 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I feel the same way about yeast. I love how it smells when it is mixed with water. It reminds me of my mom’s homemade bread…
    This tart looks delicious. I’ll give it a try soon.. Pinned! 🙂
    Cheers! – Ice

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz August 18, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Oh this brioche sounds divine. The brown sugar labne sounds amazing, And a brioche base is brilliant. Will have to try. I am not afraid of yeast,just don’t do it often lol.

  • Jess @ Sweet Menu August 18, 2014 at 9:30 am

    That is one impressive tart! I love it!

  • Olivia @ olivia's cuisine August 18, 2014 at 3:11 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! I still need to spend more time working on my pastries. Im a little scared of pie crusts, for example! lol

    You say it’s Winter where you are right now, where is that?

  • Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness August 18, 2014 at 2:11 am

    This brioche tart looks lovely. I love baking with yeast too. I must try making this.

  • Lynn @ The Actor's Diet August 18, 2014 at 1:11 am

    This is so stunning; i can’t contain myself! Brioche is the best.

  • Allie | Baking a Moment August 18, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Looks amazing, Thalia!

  • Lily@LittleSweetBaker August 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    The only time I work with yeast is with my bread machine, but your recipe looks so tempting that I need to step outside my comfort zone, love the orange zest with the strawberries too, thanks for sharing:)

  • Caitlin @ teaspoon August 17, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    How fun that you got to learn the tricks of the trade from your grandparents! This looks absolutely delicious.

  • Crystal | Apples & Sparkle August 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    This brioche tart looks indescribably delicious! I love everything about it. I’d love to give this recipe a try. : )

  • sippitysup August 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I share that yeast fear and am determined to follow your lead. I am going to make a blackberry version of this today… I hope. GREG

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice August 17, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    This tart to gorgeous, Thalia! Not to mention is sounds delicious, too. I’m somewhat intimidated by yeast too, but this turned out perfect!

  • Mir August 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Yeast can be scary, but it looks like you conquered your fear with no problem! It’s so beautiful!

  • Cheryl August 17, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Goodness, not only is this beautiful but looks insanely delicious! The title reads like food porn on its own. Definitely pinning and trying

  • angela@spinachtiger August 17, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    What a pretty tart. I loved baked strawberries. They turn sweeter unlike other berries and this is beautiful.

  • Muna Kenny August 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I woke up this morning craving strawberries, and now I see your tart. What a beauty!

  • Sara | belly rumbles August 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Such a gorgeous looking tart, and totally agree with you, winter baking, smells all the better.

  • Immaculate August 17, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    This strawberry tart looks so good! Can’t believe I have never made a yeast tart before and I love working with yeast.Yours looks great!

  • Jessie August 17, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    There is nothing like the smell of yeast dough baking in the oven! Lovely recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

  • What's baking?? August 17, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I am already drooling looking at the picture. Awesome!

  • Ashley August 17, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I was always so intimidated by yeast … until I just tried it. Not so bad! And now I loveeee baking with it – there is something so special about homemade yeasted breads and goodies. This sounds delicious! And it’s so pretty too!

  • Gourmet Getaways August 17, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I can hear the crunch and juiciness in every munch. Yum!

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  • Angie (@angiesrecipess) August 17, 2014 at 7:51 am

    What a stunning brioche tart! I would love a slice for my tea 🙂

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 17, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Beautiful photographs of a gorgeous brioche tart. I want one!

  • Gerlinde August 17, 2014 at 6:11 am

    I never met brioche before but this looks amazing and I have to try it.

  • Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen August 17, 2014 at 5:01 am

    This is SUCH a beautiful tart! I love working with yeast too and you pulled it off perfectly! Pinning this beauty right now! 🙂

  • Arman @ thebigmansworld August 17, 2014 at 4:26 am

    This looks absolutely insane!!! I’ve always been scared to use yeast but I think it’s time to man up!

  • Andi @ The Weary Chef August 17, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Thalia, this is gorgeous! I’m a little afraid of yeast doughs too. I’m no good at figuring out how long to knead. Just takes practice I guess. I’m really impressed with your baking talent! <3

  • Zainab August 17, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I love this combination. Working with yeast can be challenging at first but it’s so easy once you get going.

    • thalia August 17, 2014 at 3:24 am

      totally agree zainab!

  • Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking August 17, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Oh this just looks so delicious and the strawberries make it look so pretty!!

  • Jean | August 17, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I love strawberries with an orange accent. And brioche. So this combination is definitely something I’d like. Soon.

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) August 17, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Wow this looks really amazing! I adore the photos of this!

  • Krystle(Baking Beauty) August 17, 2014 at 1:25 am

    This looks really yummy! Your styling/photos are gorgeous as well.

  • Hannah August 17, 2014 at 1:15 am

    I certainly haven’t been baking with yeast nearly enough these days, and your recipe is a positively luscious incentive to get back to it. This looks almost like a sweet pizza to me, but without the typical gimmicks. Love that sugar-encrusted brioche base!

  • Ashley @ ashleymarieskitchen August 16, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Wow! This looks amazing, I can’t wait to give it a try. Pinned 🙂

  • Nguyet @ Taming of the Spoon August 16, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I love brioche and a brioche tart sounds even more fabulous! I can’t wait to try this.