Baked Camembert Centerpiece

A simple baked Camembert

I think that Camembert makes a great starter or dinner party dish. Its very simple and can be served by itself with toast or bread sticks. for this version I decided to make it with a tear and share bread.

I started by making a simple  dough balls


500g of strong bread flower

1tsp sugar

1 1/2 tsp salt

15g of butter

a sachet of fast acting yeast

300ml of warm water

In a bowl combine the flour sugar and yeast. Then work in the butter. start to add the water until it comes together in a sticky dough.

kneed the bread for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic I tend to use the dough hooks on my mixer for this as it is faster and less work.

Take a baking tray and line with grease proof paper.

Most Camembert will come in a small wooden container. Place this on the center of the tray we will use this as a guide. Take your dough and roll it into balls. Arrange these balls around the wooden  Camembert container. Cover with cling film and leave to prove for 20-30 minutes or until. roughly doubled in size.

Take you Camembert and remove all packaging with a sharp knife poke holes through the outer skin of the cheese. Peel some garlic how much is up to your personal task and start to insert the garlic into the cheese. Take some rosemary leaves  the fresher the better poke these into the cheese.

take the cheese and place it in its wooden container.

In a cup beat one egg. Use a pastry brush to glaze the bread.Bake at 230 degrees gas mark 8 for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes turn the temperature down to 180 degrees gas mark 6 for a further 10 minutes.

Leave to cool slightly then move the Centerpiece to a serving plate of tray and enjoy the warm doughy bread dunked into the runny cheese.







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