Zoe and I taught a class at Cooks of Crocus Hill last week, and we did summertime flatbreads, mostly done outside on the gas grill. One that came out quite nicely was Zoe’s fruit pizza , which is described in the previous post. The fruit sat on top of our basic non-enriched white dough (Master Recipe in the book, page 25), but I’ve been wondering whether we could get away with using brioche dough on a stone placed in the gas grill. I wasn’t so sure, because brioche dough is a bit finicky and prone to scorching or drying if the temperature isn’t quite right or the heat isn’t quite even. So today’s recipe is very similar to the fruit pizza, but it’s made with rich brioche dough (page 189 in the book) and it’s folded into a rustic tart.
For me, it’s the Holy Grail: the entire meal done outside in the summer, including a delicious dessert. It works beautifully, so long as you have a gas grill with a reasonably controllable heat source. If you do, you can bake brioche dough outside, at least when it’s rolled out for tarts and other thin creations. (more…)