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.
- 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
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.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
• 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.