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Cherry, apricot and almond brioche bake recipe

Cherry, apricot and almond brioche bake recipe

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With cherries, apricots and almonds, our brioche bake makes a brilliant Bank Holiday pud. The almonds and cherries deliver big Bakewell tart flavours. Serve with cream or crème fraîche. See method

  • Serves 10
  • Takes 1 hr 20 mins, plus soaking and cooling
  • 287 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian


  • 10 slices brioche loaf (from a 500g pack)
  • 120g apricot jam
  • 175g frozen pitted sweet cherries
  • 4 small, ripe apricots, destoned and chopped into 6-8 chunks
  • 3 eggs
  • 375ml buttermilk
  • 40g butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 65g golden caster sugar, plus 2 tbsp
  • 2 tsp vanilla paste or extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tbsp toasted flaked almonds
  • 2 tsp icing sugar
  • single cream or crème fraîche, to serve (optional)
Low in salt

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    10g 14%
  • Saturates

    4g 18%
  • Sugars

    26g 29%
  • Salt

    0.4g 7%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 41.3g Protein 6.8g Fibre 1.5g


  1. Roughly line a 22cm round, loose-bottomed tin with a large sheet of baking paper that hangs over the sides. Spread the brioche slices with the apricot jam.
  2. Arrange enough brioche slices in the tin, jam-side up, to completely cover the base, tearing to fit. Halve the remaining brioche slices diagonally, then arrange in the tin, jam-side down, layering the cherries and apricot chunks among them to fill the tin.
  3. Beat the eggs with a fork, then sieve into a mixing bowl. Whisk in the buttermilk, melted butter, 65g sugar, the vanilla paste and almond extract with a small pinch of salt. Pour this custard evenly over the brioche mixture, then leave in a cool place to soak for 1½ hrs.
  4. Preheat the oven to gas 2½, 160°C, fan 140°C and scatter the almonds over the soaked brioche. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 40 mins, then scatter over the remaining 2 tbsp caster sugar and bake for 15 mins more until the top is golden and the bake wobbles slightly when the tin is shaken. Leave to cool to room temperature.
  5. Transfer the bake to a serving plate and dust with the icing sugar. Serve, cut into wedges, with cream or crème fraîche, if you like.

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