Paul Hollywood’s Apricot Couronne

apricot couronne plaited sweet enriched bread crown paul hollywood recipe great bloggers bake off gbbo 2013

Over halfway through this years Great British Bake Off, and time to tackle my first ever technical challenge!

This week the bakers tackled one of Paul Hollywood’s formidable recipes – a sweet enriched dough Apricot Couronne – or crown. With two rises, a sweet filling, and a tricky, sticky plait to master, things weren’t going to be easy. Thankfully the full recipe is up online so there was no guess work for me – Paul Hollywood’s Apricot Couronne Technical Challenge.

10 minutes of kneading (my arms didn’t thank me for it in the morning!) and a good hours rise in the airing cupboard, the filling went in and twisted plait tackled.

sweet dough apricot couronne crown plait great bloggers bake off gbbo method

I had a little chuckle to myself at the “transfer to a baking sheet stage” – sounded so simple but was incredibly sticky! A quick bit of coercing back into shape and the crown went in for its second rise – coming out beautifully puffed up.

sweet bread enriched dough plait with apricot and raisin filling paul hollywood recipe

And a surprisingly quick bake later (25 minutes, after 2 hours of prep!) – a lovely golden crown, topped with an apricot jam glaze.

golden glazed apricot couronne crown paul hollywood recipe from great british bake off

Finally a quick drizzle of white icing and the couronne was complete!

freshly baked golden brown apricot couronne crown with white icing great bloggers bake off british

apricot couronne golden glazed and iced topping with sweet fruit filling enriched bread recipe

I’m so happy with the way it turned out, it was great fun to make and some good tips picked up on sweet dough making.

freshly iced sweet enriched douch apricot couronne from great british bake off paul hollywood recipe

apricot couronne plaited sweet enriched dough with fruit filling and iced topping

And the all-important inside? A good bake! Well risen, great swirls of filling, light, fluffy and sooo tasty 🙂

well risen inside of sweet enriched dough apricot couronne plaited crown bread

For more on this weeks challenges head over to The Great Blogger Bake Off on The Crazy Kitchen and Mummy Mishaps.


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Great job on that Couronne, looks soooo delicious!


  2. sue says:

    It was really tasty and looked good too.


  3. HELEN says:

    that looks absolutely amazing! the inside looks so light & the overall look of it looks so professional!
    thanks for joining in.


  4. cupcake girl says:

    Well done on your first technical……it looks fab!!


  5. jenny paulin says:

    this does look super professional and the layers are so clear and well risen. well done – i really must try this for xmas i think.
    thanks for linking up x x


  6. And this week’s star baker is…………. Bakerama!


  7. NickkiT says:

    That looks brilliant and so yummy! I was going to make the original but went for a cherry bakewell couronne instead. I’ll try this original version soon as well! 🙂


    1. bakearama says:

      Ooh cherry bakewell sounds good too, might have to try that one 🙂


  8. Me says:

    This looks absolutely delicious, nice job!


  9. Aly says:

    If you have to transfer dough, let it rise on a piece of parchment to make moving the ring easy.


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