This dessert certainly has the “wow” factor…and I have to say it is ALL about that Swedish Sugar on top!
As I was reading through the recipe, I was so thankful Dorie included where to buy the sugar…I went right to the King Arthur’s website and there it was, and not too expensive. I decided if I was making this recipe, I had to go for it….and I am so glad I did!
The hardest part about this recipe, is finding the time. I broke the recipe down into parts and spread it over two days and that didn’t seem too bad…but definitely not the type of recipe you whip up for a dinner party.
I had read about others having trouble with their mixers handling the brioche dough, but thankfully mine was fine. My frustration came with the pastry cream…which shouldn’t have been that tough. Mine seemed to thicken way too fast and too much. I wasn’t sure if I should continue with it or not but I remember other posts stating this pastry cream was to die for so I saved it and hoped for the best. The next day, it was too thick to whisk it so I put it back into my mixer to loosen it up a bit. I ended up adding more whipped cream to it than the 1/4 of a cup but you know what…everyone loved it. Phew!
After baking the dough, it was just a matter of slicing it and layering the cream in the middle. Everyone agreed, if I was to make this again, adding fruit would take it over the top.
My daughter says it looked just like the picture in the cookbook…yay! (although at this point it was half gone)..and that it tasted great too! What more can you ask for?
I think all of my tasters were very intrigued and excited by this dessert. No one had ever had anything like it so they didn’t know what to expect. They all thought the sugar looked like pretzel salt so it was a nice crunchy surprise to have it be bits of sugar….which complimented the not so sweet dessert. It was fun watching them taste it because everyone started out cautious, not knowing what this would be like…and then everyone went on to finish it and rave about it! They all say…it is a keeper!