Baked cheese with quick walnut bread & pears

Baked cheese with quick walnut bread & pears

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Cooking time

Prep: 35 mins Cook: 45 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

James Martin's after-dinner cheeseboard is all the more special with homemade walnut bread

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freeze bread only
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
966
protein
35g
carbs
108g
fat
47g
saturates
14g
fibre
10g
sugar
19g
salt
3.76g

Ingredients

  • 1 English Camembert or Brie-type cheese in a box
  • drizzle walnut oil
  • 3 pears, cored and thinly sliced

For the bread

  • 300g plain flour
  • 200g wholemeal flour, plus a little extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 284ml carton buttermilk
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 150ml milk

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. To make the bread, mix the flours, salt, bicarbonate and the walnuts in a mixing bowl. Then stir in the buttermilk and oil, followed by enough milk to make a very soft, sticky dough.
  2. Dust a baking tray with wholemeal flour and shape the dough into a round, flat-ish loaf on it. Dust with a little more flour, slash the top a few times and bake for 30-35 mins until risen, crusty and cooked through – it should sound hollow when you tap the bottom of it.
  3. Cool bread to just warm (or leave to cool completely if preparing ahead), then get the cheese ready. Unwrap the cheese and put back into the box. Tie string around the box in case the glue melts in the oven. Drizzle the cheese with walnut oil, season, then put in the oven for 10 mins. Serve with slices of the warm walnut bread and pear.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2011

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Pollyonion's picture

Loved the bread, although mine turned out a bit more like a heavy cake- I did make it quite a while before I baked it so it had spread a little on the baking tray. Will make and use more promptly next time. Definitely going to have another bash!

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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This is excellent. Made as a starter. Ended up using sliced apple instead of pear as my pears were like bullets and practically inedible. The bread was the star of the show - so easy to make and great results. One tip though - put the bread on a wire rack to cool. I put mine straight on to a plate and ended up with a slightly soggy bottom!

stonefruit's picture
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I have made it several times already but today used hazelnuts instead of walnuts. Even yummier!

cherub-rock25's picture

I used the soda bread recipe here but switched about my ratios a bit replacing the plain white flour for Atta flour as I had loads on hand and adding 100g porridge oats and 100g white flour.

It made for a delicious, foolproof loaf that remained fresh for over a week! I will be definitely making this again!

stonefruit's picture
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Made the bread only. Foolproof.

veedee's picture
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The walnut bread was so easy to make and very very delicious, we had it with the cheese on saturday night and finished it off with soup the following day. Dont be afraid to make this bread, its foolproof!

sjeffery25's picture
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So good and so easy

23breach's picture

The bread is quick straight forward and really delicious

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