Baked cheese with quick walnut bread & pears

Baked cheese with quick walnut bread & pears

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Prep: 35 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable (bread only)

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal966
  • fat47g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs108g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre10g
  • protein35g
  • salt3.76g
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  • 1 English camembert or brie-type cheese in a box
  • drizzle of walnut oil
  • 3 pears, cored and thinly sliced



    Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…

For the bread

  • 300g plain flour
  • 200g wholemeal flour, plus a little extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 100g walnuts, roughly chopped



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

  • 284ml carton buttermilk
    Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



    There are two types of buttermilk. Traditional buttermilk is a thin, cloudy, slightly tart but…

  • 50ml olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 150ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…


  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 pears.

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5th Jul, 2013
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
13th May, 2013
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!
12th May, 2013
I have made it several times already but today used hazelnuts instead of walnuts. Even yummier!
27th Apr, 2013
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!
10th Mar, 2013
Made the bread only. Foolproof.
16th Dec, 2012
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!
29th Mar, 2011
So good and so easy
5th Mar, 2011
The bread is quick straight forward and really delicious
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