It's quince time! – Grilled brioche sandwich with ricotta, honey and caramelized quince
C’est la saison des coings! – Sandwich de brioche grillée à la ricotta, miel et coings caramelisés
Again, one of those days where I made a trip to la Boulange to get some Brioche, among many other things…I keep forgetting that Whole Foods distribute it. We are so used to savory sandwiches that I wanted to use the best brioche in town for some sweet morning treat. If you have a little time in the morning for breakfast it’s delicious with a nice cup of coffee. I thought half of it would be enough and I have to admit that both pieces were not.
Usually brioche can be greasy, especially the one you buy at the store, it is indeed filled with butter. So you cannot eat it every day, or you might have to get a membership at the local gym and work your calories out! Sorry, I am indeed a fitness freak and seems like I am built with a calories counting machine inside my head. BUT that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy eating and that I eat fat-free stuff. You can really love wholesome and fabulous food that is still healthy and good for the mind and body. Anyway, la Boulange brioche is not that greasy, at least you don’t have shiny fingers after you finished eating it!
It is quince season, and using seasonal ingredients is really the best. So obviously, running into those quinces, I had no other option than buy them. In France, where I grew up, during fall we have tons of those and make jams with them. That quince jam is so delicious, it smells like a perfume and seriously, you just want to spread some on your neck.
You cannot eat quince raw like you would eat a pear. It needs to be cooked, so you can use them for making chutneys, or jams or just caramelize them in a pan.
For 2 people
- 4 slices of brioche (about 1.5 cm thick)
- 4 tbs ricotta
- 2 quinces, peeled and sliced
- vanilla powder
- 2 tbs honey
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tbs butter
Cut brioche in four slices. Melt butter in a non-stick pan, add quince slices, sprinkle with a little sugar and brown both sides.
Grill brioche in a grill pan on both sides. Top one slice with 2 tbs ricotta, sprinkle with vanilla powder. Add honey and quince slices. Top with the other brioche slice.
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What a beautiful and decadent breakfast treat! Indeed, if I ate brioche frequently, I would have to buy a new wardrobe in a much larger size.
omg this looks like an awesome sandwich — I love the sweetness brioche has and the filling looks like itd be a perfect compliment. I have always seen quince in the stores but never knew how to use them, I will have to try this!
I want some for my breakfast as well. Gotta make some brioche tomorrow. Have a nice weekend. Cheers.
Okay so what time should I be over in the morning? great recipe!
That is really tempting. But I feel like you wouldn’t feel overstuffed from this, which is great. I think I don’t use ricotta enough, which is a shame because I love it. This is a nice use of it.
This reminds me of my favorite breakfast when I’m in Amsterdam. The quince are just starting to show up at our Farmer’s Market. I know what I’m having for breakfast next weekend.
Quinces bring back some sweet childhood memories… My mom always used to make the best quince jam… I loved the smell…
Your breakfast sandwich sounds amazing. And I love that you allow yourself the occasional treat while keeping health and fitness in mind!
That looks like the perfect Sunday brunch to me.
Quince is the favorite ingredient lately! Everyone’s been making something out of it, like jams or spreads. Thank you for showing another way to use it — I feel like I’m getting a food education by reading blogs like yours!
I must get fresh quince next time I see it. I love sweet sandwiches especially with brioche.