Apr 17, 2018

Strawberry Swirl No-Knead Brioche with Strawberry Lime Jam | Strawberry Shortcake Bread

I am loving this strawberry swirl no-knead brioche bread. It's just slightly sweet and slightly buttery, and very soft and airy. To make it even tastier, it is filled with a swirl of homemade strawberry lime jam. 

Strawberry Swirl No-Knead Brioche with Strawberry Lime Jam

This strawberry swirl bread is actually pretty easy to make, as long as you are comfortable with very sticky dough. It's very similar to working with a sticky ciabatta dough, except that this dough is enriched with some sugar, butter, and milk, resulting in a very tender bread.

Because it's strawberry season, and all of the roadside stands selling fresh strawberries are set up in every available vacant lot, I filled this bread with a homemade strawberry lime jam (I love strawberry season). However, you can make this brioche any time of year, using any jam or preserves you like.

Strawberry Swirl No-Knead Brioche with Strawberry Lime Jam

To make the dough, you just mix the ingredients in a bowl, mix with a dough whisk or spoon, and let it rise for about two hours, until doubled.

To assemble the bread, you divide the dough in half, stretch it out over oiled parchment, and spread it with your jam or preserves. Next you roll each into a log, and then twist the two logs around each other into a spiral.

Precision is not necessary when working with this super wet dough.

This month, the Fantastical Food Fight is all about strawberry shortcake. I was going to make a traditional strawberry shortcake, and then I took a left turn and went with brioche filled with strawberries. Wouldn't you?

How is this bread related to strawberry shortcake?
  1. It contains fresh strawberries
  2. It contains cream (in the milk)
  3. And it contains flour and a bit of sugar, like a biscuit. 
Actually, this bread is amazing prepared as French toast and layered with whipped cream and strawberries.. strawberry shortcake French toast! It's also fabulous with peanut butter.

Strawberry Swirl No-Knead Brioche with Strawberry Lime Jam

After the recipe, be sure to check out the rest of the strawberry shortcake themed recipes from the rest of the Fantastical Food Fight Participants.

Yield: 1 loaf

Strawberry Swirl No-Knead Brioche with Strawberry Lime Jam


Strawberry Lime Jam
  • 20 ounces strawberries (4 cups) hulled and sliced fresh strawberries
  • 14 ounces (2 cups) granulated sugar
  • zest and juice of one lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Strawberry Swirl No-Knead Brioche
  • 13 3/4 ounces (3 1/4 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast (I used SAF Gold, and also recommend Red Star Platinum)
  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup of the strawberry lime jam for the filling
  • 1 egg plus 1 tablespoon water and a pinch of salt for the egg wash


Strawberry Lime Jam
  1. Put the strawberry slices in a large bowl, and mix with all of the sugar. Continue stirring and tossing until the sugar turns into a syrup, transfer the mixture to a fine mesh strainer, and place it over a large saucepan for at least an hour to drain. 
  2. Set the strawberries aside, and bring the syrup drained from them to a simmer over medium high heat. Cook for about five minutes. Add the strawberries to the mixture, bring to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes. 
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and mash the strawberries with a potato masher. If you'd like a smoother mixture, blend with an immersion blender. 
  4. Stir in the lime zest and lime juice, and let the mixture cool. Transfer the jam to a glass jar and keep refrigerated. 
Strawberry Swirl No-Knead Brioche
  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast together. In another large bowl or 4 cup measuring cup, mix the butter, water, and milk. Whisk in the egg. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir them together with a dough whisk, a wooden spoon, or your hand. Cover and let rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until doubled. 
  2. Deflate the dough by using a dough scraper to fold the dough over itself in the bowl several times. Divide the dough in half, and place each half on an oiled piece of parchment paper. Shape each piece into a ball and let rest, lightly covered with oiled plastic wrap, for 20 minutes. 
  3. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F with a rack in the middle, and oil a 9 inch by 5 inch loaf pan. 
  4. Stretch each dough ball into a 8 inch by 11 inch rectangle on the oiled parchment paper. Spread each with half of the strawberry jam. Roll each dough piece, width-wise (starting with one of the 8 inch sides), tightly into a log. The log will lengthen as you roll it. 
  5. Lay one rolled dough piece over the other into an "X." Twist the dough into a coil/spiral on each side. You should end up with two pieces of dough twisted around each other. 
  6. At this point, I lifted the dough, parchment and all, and placed it into the loaf pan. Next, I trimmed the parchment to conform with the loaf pan. If you prefer, you can lift and place the dough without the parchment into the pan using your hands or dough scrapers. 
  7. Brush the dough with the egg wash and let the dough rise until the top middle reaches the top of the pan, about 20 minutes. Do not cover the loaf. 
  8. When ready, place the loaf in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Tent with foil if the top begins to get a little too dark. Remove the loaf from the oven and de-pan onto a wire rack. If the sides of the loaf seem a little fragile/soft, place the loaf without the pan back into the oven for about 3 to five minutes to firm up the sides. Cool the loaf on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes before slicing.
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Each slice of this bread had a different swirly pattern of strawberry jam. If you'd like a more consistent thickness to the swirl, you can puree the jam to an even consistency.


  1. I love the addition of strawberries in this brioche and the no-knead part cinched it for me. I love making bread from scratch, can't wait to try this one. Pinning!

  2. I love fruits in brioche. Well, I love brioche in any format. But this looks delicious, Karen. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Cam. I'm the same way about brioche!

  3. What a great looking bread and I love the idea of using it for French Toast. OH MY YUM!!

  4. Beautiful!!!! what a nice idea to use strawberries in the filling... love it!

    1. Thanks Sally. Some of the slices were more "swirly" than others. This was really tasty, and the strawberry lime jam is nice!

  5. I have to try making this- I love brioche and with strawberries it's so pretty and looks so good!

    1. This is one of the easiest brioches I've ever tried.

  6. Oh this look wonderful! Love the addition of lime to the jam!

  7. Hi, how long would you mix all the ingredients together then, just untill combine? Thank you

    1. Yes, that's all you need to do, although if you want to do a few stretch and folds, you can!

  8. I love that you did bread - so on brand for you :) It looks absolutely wonderful. I don't think I've ever had strawberry and lime together, but I love strawberry and lemon, so I'm sure I would like it too.

    1. Thanks so much Sarah! The lime is very faint, but the flavor is lovely!


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