Wednesday, May 22, 2013

TWD: Baking with Julia - Savory Brioche Pockets

Our Tuesdays with Dorie recipe this week was Savory Brioche Pockets.  I guess it was really a Wednesdays with Dorie for me this time, as I surely didn't get this posted on time!  Ah, well.  Better late than never!  I truly did have the pockets done in time, I just didn't get time to post.

Anyway, these were delicious but a bit of work...  The brioche dough takes a while, but it is REALLY yummy.  This is the same dough that was the basis of the Pecan Sticky Buns, and the making of the dough is described on that post, if you are interested.

Moving onto these yummy little treats - they are filled with caramelized onions, mashed potatoes mixed with goat cheese, and asparagus.  I know I have mentioned it before, but caramelized onions really make everything in the savory world delicious.  Mmmm.  The recipe had you cook the onions for only 20 minutes to caramelize, so either that is just crazy or I had my burner too low, as it normally takes me about an hour to caramelize.  Regardless, caramelized onions are worth the time!

The dough is rolled out to around 1/8-inch thick and then cut into circles.  You are supposed to use a 4 or 4 1/2 inch biscuit cutter to cut the dough, but I don't have one, so I used the lid to my raisin container.  It is 4 inches in diameter, so it worked!  Sometimes you just have to get creative in the kitchen!

On one circle, plop 1 tablespoon of caramelized onions, 2 tablespoons of the mashed potato/goat cheese mixture, and 2 asparagus tips.  Then you place the naked circle atop of your mound of yummy goodness and fold up the edges all the way around.  Brush with an egg wash and let it sit awhile.

After sitting for about 20 minutes, brush with the egg wash again, sprinkle with poppy seeds, and place a sage leaf on top.  Into the oven for 15 minutes, and

voila!  A delicious treat!  

The recipe stated that you should end up with about 12-15 pockets.  I made 7 and had to take a break to get the clever girl's dinner and deal with the clever baby (having two kids is very busy!!).  I certainly did not have enough of the caramelized onions to make another 5+ pockets, nor enough of the mashed potatoes.  I could probably have squeezed in 2-3 more.  But instead I just put the other circles in the refrigerator to wait for a new plan. 

The new plan ended up happening the next day - I filled them with cinnamon sugar, diced apples, and pecans and had another 5 pockets.  I should have sauteed the apples before baking, but they were pretty tasty, I must say. 

Our host for this recipe is Carrie of Loaves and Stitches.  I love her blog so I highly recommend that you check her out.  She is a knitter and baker, too!  A kindred spirit.  She has the entire recipe for the Savory Brioche Pockets on her blog if you want to give it a try!  They are quite tasty, I must say!


  1. Your brioche pockets look beautiful. I loved this recipe. I saved half of the dough and am looking forward to using it again. Haven't decided on savoury or sweet.

  2. This looks delicious. Looking forward to making these soon. Your apple version sounds quite tasty!

  3. These look so pretty and perfect. I love the sweet apple idea!

  4. I like your "new plan"
    The LYL didn't go up until Wednesday, so you were totally on time :-)

  5. genius idea to make the apple/cinnamon pockets.
    that would really make a great breakfast. bread and fruit....can't go wrong!

  6. Pretty! And you made apple pie pockets! Brilliant.

  7. Love your idea for the leftover dough - that must have been wonderful.


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