Roasted Strawberry Bubble Bread

Bread pudding meets monkey bread in this heavenly treat. Roasting the strawberries concentrates their floral aroma and slightly tangy flavor into jammy pockets that practically melt into the soft, bite-size pieces of enriched sweet bread.
 
Roasted Strawberry Bubble Bread
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Roasted Strawberry Bubble Bread

Makes 10 to 12 servings

Ingredients

Dough:

  • ¾ cup (180 grams) whole milk
  • ½ cup (120 grams) water
  • cup (76 grams) unsalted butter, cubed
  • 4 to 4¼ cups (500 to 531 grams) all-purpose flour, divided, plus more for dusting
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (9 grams) kosher salt
  • 1 (0.25-ounce) package (7 grams) active dry yeast*
  • 1 large egg (50 grams), room temperature

Strawberries:

  • pounds (679 grams) halved hulled fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup (198 grams) granulated sugar, divided
  • ½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) kosher salt
  • ½ cup (114 grams) unsalted butter, melted and divided
  • 2 teaspoons (12 grams) vanilla bean paste
  • 3 tablespoons (45 grams) water

Glaze:

  • ½ cup (60 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon (6 grams) vanilla bean paste

Instructions

  • For dough: In a small saucepan, heat milk and ½ cup (120 grams) water over medium heat until bubbles begin to form around sides of pan and an instant-read thermometer registers 180°F (82°C). Remove from heat, and add butter. Let cool, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted and an instant-read thermometer registers 120°F (49°C) to 130°F (54°C).
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 2 cups (250 grams) flour, granulated sugar, salt, and yeast. Add warm milk mixture, and beat at low speed until combined. Add egg, beating until combined. With mixer on low speed, gradually add 2 cups (250 grams) flour, beating just until a shaggy dough comes together and stopping to scrape sides of bowl.
  • Switch to the dough hook attachment. Beat at low speed until a soft, slightly sticky dough forms, about 24 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl and dough hook; add up to remaining ¼ cup (31 grams) flour, 1 tablespoon (8 grams) at a time, if dough is too sticky. Turn out dough onto a clean surface; knead 5 to 6 times, and shape into a smooth round.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • For strawberries: On a small rimmed baking sheet, stir together strawberries, 2 tablespoons (24 grams) granulated sugar, and salt until well combined; spread in a single layer.
  • Bake until berries are very soft and fragrant and have released ample juices, about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Strain strawberries and juices through a fine-mesh sieve set over a small saucepan. Let strawberries cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Cut into ¼-inch pieces. Transfer any additional berry juices to saucepan.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together chopped strawberries, ¼ cup (57 grams) melted butter, and vanilla bean paste.
  • In a small bowl, place ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons (124 grams) granulated sugar.
  • Add 3 tablespoons (45 grams) water, remaining ¼ cup (57 grams) melted butter, and remaining ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar to juice in saucepan.
  • Lightly punch down dough. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Spray a 3-quart baking dish with baking spray with flour.
  • Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and divide in half (about 495 grams each). Roll each portion into a 30-inch rope. Cut each rope into 1-inch-long pieces (about 16 grams each). Working in batches, dip dough pieces in strawberry mixture; dredge in granulated sugar, gently shaking off excess. Place dough pieces in pan in even layers. Pour remaining strawberry mixture all over dough. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until puffed, 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Bring juice mixture in saucepan to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until butter is melted and sugar dissolves; cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour all over dough.
  • Bake until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 190°F (88°C), 30 to 35 minutes, loosely covering with foil to prevent excess browning, if necessary. Let cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
  • For glaze: In another medium bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar, milk, melted butter, and vanilla bean paste until smooth. Drizzle all over warm bread. Serve immediately. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Notes

 
*We used Red Star Active Dry Yeast.

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