With the cheese baked in bread, and served up with a selection of delicious cheeses and charcuterie, this is a great centre piece for a table and a real crowd pleaser. 

Serves
8

Preparation

20min

Cooking

20min

Skill level

Easy
By
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)
Yum

Ingredients

  • 1 small crusty round loaf of bread
  • 1 200 g camembert round
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, finely chopped
  • 3 tsp (15 ml) olive oil
  • 3 tsp (15 ml) Irish honey
  • Other cheese, such as blue, goat’s cheese and cheddar (about 450 g in total)
  • 120 g chorizo
  • 100 g prosciutto
  • 100 g green olives
  • 2-3 fresh figs, cut into pieces
  • Assorted crackers, to serve

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Using a sharp knife cut a hole in the centre of the loaf just big enough to fit in the cheese then slice the loaf into 1.2 cm (1 inch) pieces in a criss cross pattern making sure you don’t cut all the way through. Remove the cheese from its packaging, place into the hole in the loaf and then onto a tray lined with parchment paper.
  3. Use a sharp knife to make 1cm incisions into the top of the camembert to form a criss-cross pattern. Tear apart the excess bread from the centre of the loaf and scatter it around the loaf on the tray. In a small bowl combine the garlic, rosemary, olive oil and honey and then drizzle over the loaf, cheese and chunks of bread. Place in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is soft.
  4. Place baked camembert loaf in the centre of a large platter along with the toasted pieces from the centre and arrange the remaining ingredients around this. Serve straight away.

 

Note

• Use any combination of cheeses you like; as an example, Donal used 150 g Young Buck blue, 120 g St Tola crottin goat’s cheese and 150 g Knockdrinna gold cheese.