Caramel Brioche Croutons

When I’m working in the kitchen and I’ve made something particularly good I do this thing….this thing that I wasn’t aware I did until Casey started working from home. When something blows me away, I do fist pumps and shout out “MMMM. IT’S SO GOOD. MMM. OH MY GOD MMM.” Then I proceed to walk through the house while eating…shouting how good it is.  I didn’t realize I do it until I saw the peculiar look on my husband’s face.

Yeah dude, your wife does this weird thing.

So… that happened with these Caramel Brioche Croutons. Fist pumps, moans, angels sang, and Oprah shouted in my head.

THE WORKS.

People! This is so good.  I want you to make something that will produce FIST PUMPS and weird noises.

Then and only then will my work done. It’s caramel. It’s bread. It’s crunchy sweet Caramel Brioche Crouton time.

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering happens NOW.

Let’s make toast. Toast brioche. Cut off the crust. Cut toast into little cubes. Crouton magic.

Caramel time!

Melt the butter, sugar & water. Make a caramel. Takes roughly 5 mins.

Stop drop & roll. Well…put the croutons in and gently stir.

Place them on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.  This is at the tail end of the process.

Yeah. This is jealousy inducing. They get hard on the outside and remain soft and light on the inside.

Now we’re gonna do something with them. I mean…you could just EAT them on their own…Yeah.

Strawberry time!

Place cut strawberries in a bowl with a little bit of balsamic vinegar. Let it sit. Done.

Now we are ready to roll. Dessert style.

Line the bottom of each glass with some croutons. Look at that caramel!!

Add a scoop of ice cream & some of the strawberries on top.

Top with more caramel brioche croutons & a little bit of mint.

So simple. SO YUM.

Mind=blown.

Caramel Brioche Croutons

serves 4-5

recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living Magazine

  •  6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4-5 slices toasted brioche bread, cut into 3/4 cubes

with Strawberries & Ice Cream:

  • 1 pint vanilla bean ice cream
  • 8 medium strawberries thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • mint for garnish

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the butter, sugar and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes.

Allow mixture to boil and caramelize until the syrup is an amber color. Remove from heat and add the cubes of bread one handful at a time, and stir gently to coat. Use a fork and gently pull the croutons out and place them on the parchment lined sheet, making sure none are touching. Let cool.

In a small bowl stir together the strawberries & balsamic vinegar. Let sit for at least 15 minutes to marinate. To serve, fill four serving dishes or cups with ice cream, garnish with caramel croutons & strawberries. Drizzle any excess balsamic vinegar on top.

 

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  • May 2, 2012

    Holy crap, you just took croutons to a whole new level! I need to get those into my mouth as soon as possible, the hunt for brioche is on! Thanks SO MUCH for the recipe.

  • May 2, 2012

    This is probably the best thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life.

  • May 2, 2012

    I don’t have the words for this…

  • May 2, 2012

    I’m into fist pumps…this sounds awesome!

  • May 2, 2012

    My mind is blown, too. I’d never seen croutons for ice cream. What! This looks so, so good.

  • jenny
    May 2, 2012

    um yeah. I fist-pumped just reading this post. heaven only knows what will happen when I actually make these. OMG!!!!!!!!!

  • May 2, 2012

    Great idea!!! Could I add a touch more salt to the caramel, salted caramel, and serve with vanilla bourbon ice cream and fresh strawberries? Hmmm…

    • Tracy
      May 2, 2012

      I like your moves.

  • What a wonderful snack/dessert! I wish I could have one cup right now!

  • This may be the best idea ever!!! Sweet croutons!! WOW!

  • May 2, 2012

    Genius! I think I’d run down the streets screaming had I thought of this one.

  • May 2, 2012

    WHAT IN THE WORLD?! Caramel and bread- basically two of my favorite things in bite-sized, luscious glory.

  • May 2, 2012

    Well, this looks fantastic. I’d be tempted to sprinkle a few flakes of Maldon on top because I love, love salty caramel. Thanks Tracy!

    • Tracy
      May 2, 2012

      you should!!! Don’t fight that temptation.

  • May 2, 2012

    Whoa! Yes! Love this idea.

  • May 2, 2012

    Tracy, I’m drooling. These look delicious and I want to mix them into some ice cream immediately.

  • May 2, 2012

    I’d shove that in my breakfast-wanting face right now! YUM!!! I’d be fist pumping and weird noise making too. No doubt!

  • May 2, 2012

    That is one super pretty dessert! I get so excited when a recipe is going my way, too, but Marc hasn’t said anything just yet :)

    • Tracy
      May 2, 2012

      maybe you need to have a hidden camera in your kitchen….

  • Emily D.
    May 2, 2012

    I am actually drooling. (I’m not actually drooling but I’m damn close.) These definitely look fist-pump-inducing.

  • May 2, 2012

    Tracy, you’ve really outdone yourself this time. High five!

  • May 2, 2012

    holy moly! i will send my husband here to thank you after i make this. cannot wait!

    • Tracy
      May 2, 2012

      Hahaha! I’ll be waiting…

  • Sarah
    May 2, 2012

    Uh, yeah – I’m going to have to make this. It’s like Strawberry Shortcake on performance enhancing drugs.

    • Tracy
      May 2, 2012

      EXACTLY.

  • Oh man…now I can’t WAIT for strawberries to be in season on the East Coast. Will be making this ASAP with gluten-free bread!

    • Tracy
      May 2, 2012

      Do it do it up!

  • May 2, 2012

    I’m thinking these things should hang out with some vanilla pudding. I’m thinking, what are you doing to me, lady!? It’s nearly bathing suit season! (Ha, like that has ever stopped me before.)

    • Tracy
      May 2, 2012

      I’ve given up on bathing suit season (clearly)

  • May 2, 2012

    Wow! This never, ever would have occurred to me (not least because dessert more or less doesn’t happen at our house) but I can totally see the appeal. Who wouldn’t want a crispy-sweet-rich contrasting element to strew over their bowl of already-delicious fruit?

  • May 2, 2012

    Beautiful, Tracy! I had similar croutons in a restaurant a few months back and they were to die for, so perfect for a special but simple dessert. I love that you can make them ahead and then just plate everything up for your guests following dinner. Thanks for the recipe, will definitely be making these!!

  • Lovely!!! Made Joys Carmel corn the other day….Wow! Now I have to find a reason to make these.

  • May 2, 2012

    I would have never ever thought to do this but alone they would be good , pairing them with strawberries and whipped cream in parfait form, you have me sold! Yum!

  • Karleen
    May 2, 2012

    Oh WOW.

  • May 2, 2012

    TRACY IS THIS FOR REAL!?!?! Will be making this immediately (or, as soon as the work day is over).

    • Tracy
      May 2, 2012

      THIS IS REAL LIFE. Get at it!!

  • May 2, 2012

    sinfully delightful! i knew i liked you!!!

  • Ellen W
    May 2, 2012

    Super yummy looking – I think I just found my Mother’s Day lunch dessert.

  • May 2, 2012

    Jeez and crackers, Tracy. I think I’m gonna be eating a lot of dessert panzanella this summer… which is totally technically a salad so I’m gonna feel awesome about it.

    I can have it all!

  • Holly
    May 2, 2012

    I just made this but used a half loaf of French bread I baked in my machine last night. Those croutons were so delicious! I can only imagine what they would taste like using brioche.

  • May 2, 2012

    Holy crap Tracy! This is INCREDIBLE! I think I’m going to have to go home and pig out on this… ASAP. I love it. I LOVE IT!

  • May 2, 2012

    Whoa.

  • Followed @chewnibblenosh’s tweet. HOLY SMOKES.. Drolled. Pinned. Drooled some more. Can’t WAIT to make this. Absolutely brilliant!!!

  • My friend’s boyfriend was laughing at us because we kept closing our eyes and making small excited hums whilst dancing back and forth in our chairs because we were eating the best sushi of our life. Food should be all about dancing, fist pumps, and sounds of exclamation.

  • Jenny
    May 2, 2012

    Your completely justified reaction to creating something delicious made these croutons even more appealing than chewy caramel carbs already are. Can’t wait to make them!

  • May 2, 2012

    TRACY. I started freaking out when I saw this on your instagram. Now it is within my reach?!! Ahhh. RIDONK

  • May 2, 2012

    I want these yesterday…

  • May 2, 2012

    Fist pump for sure. I can’t get over these. Seriously. This will be all over my summer (starting tomorrow). You rock, lady!

  • Jayne
    May 2, 2012

    I just felt my jaw hit the keyboard. Is this for real? :-O

  • Jeannette
    May 3, 2012

    Why am I doing a juice cleanse right now? WHY??! (headbang)

  • May 3, 2012

    whoa! I like this!

    I high five myself and then make Sean high five me if I’m super excited about a recipe. Sometimes I sing-song “OMG! this is so good, I am awesome” really loudly. It just happens!

  • And I suddenly know what I’m going to be making for dessert for Sunday dinner.

    GOODNESS, Tracy. Goodness.

  • May 4, 2012

    So I love your little great food house party dance thing. That is probably my favorite part of the post. Oh, and those crouts look amazing too!

  • May 5, 2012

    Wow wow wow. I mean, what else can I say about this?

  • May 5, 2012

    I love you just a little bit more!!

    xo
    cortnie

  • May 5, 2012

    These look so good! Great idea.

  • Taanya
    May 5, 2012

    Thank you for this recipe, Tracy! I made this earlier today, adding sea salt and a drop of vanilla to the caramel. Incredible!

    • Tracy
      May 6, 2012

      Nice!!!

  • May 6, 2012

    Splendid! Just an irresistible post. Pairing the caramel croutons with strawberries and cream is a delightful combination.

  • how did i miss this earlier in the week?? i am making these this week – if i can work up the courage to make caramel while 9 mos prego…something tells me these are worth the risk! thanks lady for sharing!!

  • Joanna
    May 7, 2012

    Made these for a dinner party that never was this weekend (more for me!) using challah bread. They were so deliciously buttery. My boyfriend loved it as well although he asked me where the chocolate was, lol. I’ll add a drizzle or two of chocolate sauce next time. The combination of tart strawberries, creamy ice cream, and the buttery, crunchy, croutons was awesome.

    • Tracy
      May 7, 2012

      Oh yeah baby! I was fantasizing about putting a few on some sticks and dipping them in chocolate. Looks like you kinda did that!

  • May 8, 2012

    Why, yes, I will be making these this weekend…

    • Tracy
      May 9, 2012

      You are gonna looooove them!

  • May 9, 2012

    Dear Tracy, I made these last night and brought them for our nurses at the hospital for Nurses Week. I made them up with the strawberries and ice cream and it was a HUGE hit! I am like the most popular person now! Thanks for making me the most popular person ever! Just writing to say thanks a whole bunch!

  • Denise Ruggeri
    May 9, 2012

    just made a batch with “leftover” croissants…still too hot to taste….I also added sliced almonds…will let you know..

  • Barbara
    December 18, 2012

    Yum. Looks heavenly!

  • Marilin
    December 19, 2012

    Amazing idea!! And so easy, i’ll definitely be making these soon and i’m thinking of using the same method for popcorns too :) You’re blog is great, i’ve been procrastinating and drooling here for the past few days :D

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