Gooey and oozy, this baked Camembert recipe, with homemade fig rolls, takes bread and cheese to the next level. Perfect for a sharing feast or Boxing Day buffet, everyone will love tearing off a fluffy bun filled with a fig and shallot swirl and dipping into the sweet, honey-baked cheese.
- Mix the flour, yeast, a pinch of sugar and 1 tsp salt in a large bowl. Mix in 350ml lukewarm water to make a soft but not too sticky dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 10 mins until smooth and elastic. Transfer to a large oiled bowl and cover with a clean tea towel. Leave to rise for 1 hr or until doubled in size.
- Meanwhile, heat the butter and olive oil in a large frying pan and cook the shallots over a low heat for 15 mins, stirring occasionally, until caramelised. Set aside to cool.
- Briefly knead the dough again, then roll out on a floured surface to a 25 x 35cm rectangle. Spoon over the shallots (reserving any pan juices), leaving a 2cm border along one of the long edges. Scatter over the figs and basil, then roll the dough up like a Swiss roll towards the border.
- Cut into 12 equal pieces and place cut-side up, fairly close together, on a greased baking sheet. Cover with oiled clingfilm and leave to rise for 30 mins or until the pieces have joined together. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Brush the top with the shallot pan juices and bake for 20 mins until golden. Cool slightly on a wire rack, then scatter over the basil.
- Meanwhile, put the cheeses into snug-fitting baking dishes. Bake for 15 mins, then score the rinds, drizzle with the honey, and scatter over the pine nuts and thyme. Return to the oven for 10 mins, then serve.
Tip: if you can't find whole Camembert, you can use 3 x 190g ripe and ready Brie instead.
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