Festive filled brioche centrepiece with baked camembert

Festive filled brioche centrepiece with baked camembert

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Prep: 50 mins Cook: 1 hr plus overnight proving

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Serves 6 - 8

Great British Bake Off's Kimberley Wilson has created this stunning celebration bread with individually filled buns and a melting cheese middle – made for sharing

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving (8)

  • kcal516
  • fat32g
  • saturates18.5g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre1.8g
  • protein17g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 4 large eggs
  • 20ml milk



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

  • 350g strong white bread flour
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 5g salt
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 200g unsalted butter, cubed and softened
  • 1 egg, beaten with a pinch of salt



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • scattering of poppy seed
  • 1 whole 250g camembert in a wooden, stapled carton
  • 2-3 sprigs thyme


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

For the fillings

  • 1 garlic bulb



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • 1 tbsp quince paste (membrillo), mashed
  • 5 cooked chestnut halves



    'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...' that kitsch old Nat King Cole song perfectly…

  • ½ tbsp dried, chopped cranberry mixed with ½ tbsp cranberry sauce


    A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…

  • 1 tbsp mushroom pâté

For the decoration

  • 30g fresh cranberry


    A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…

  • rosemary springs or bay leaves



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…


  1. Day before: whisk together the eggs and milk in a jug. Put the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and spice in the bowl of a kitchen mixer fitted with a dough hook. Stir to combine.

  2. On a medium setting, slowly pour in the egg mixture in a steady stream, continuing to stir until incorporated into a very soft, wet dough. Add the butter and increase the speed, kneading for 8-10 minutes. The dough will be ready when it clings around the dough hook. At this stage it will look more like a thick cake batter than bread dough. Cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight.

  3. You can also roast the garlic the day before: heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Line a baking sheet with foil. Remove any loose outer skins from the garlic bulbs. With a sharp knife, cut off the stem and uppermost part of the cloves. Place on the foil, drizzle over a little olive oil and season. Bring up the edges of the foil and seal to form a fairly tight parcel. Bake in the top of the oven for 35-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave the parcel sealed until the garlic is cool enough to handle. Remove the cloves by either squeezing the bulb upwards from the base or by teasing them out with a toothpick. Mash the garlic with a fork. Wrap well (to avoid the garlic smell transferring to other foods) and refrigerate.

  4. On the day: line a baking tray with baking parchment. Remove the cheese from its wooden carton and put the cheese back in the fridge until later. Put the carton in the centre of the lined tray.

  5. Tip the dough out onto a well-floured surface. Divide into 5 large equal-sized pieces - it can help to roll the dough into an even sausage shape and mark with a knife first to get equal pieces.

  6. Take one piece and divide into 5 again. One at a time, roll each of these 5 pieces gently into a ball, flour your index finger and make a small, deep indent in the middle. Fill with half a teaspoon of the roasted garlic, pinching the dough over the top to seal and placing the sealed side down onto the floured surface. Cup your hand over the bun and rotate a little to get an even shape. Repeat until you have filled all 5.

  7. Repeat step 6 using the remaining 4 fillings.

  8. Arrange the buns around the wooden carton, you’ll need 10 for the inner ring and 15 for the outer ring. Leave around 0.5cm between each bun, giving them room to rise. Cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place for 30-40 minutes or until nearly doubled in size.

  9. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Remove any plastic wrapping or stickers from the cheese. With a small knife, make an incision in the top rim and remove the top layer of rind. Sprinkle with thyme leaves and place in the carton, cut side up. Brush the buns with the beaten egg and scatter with poppy seeds. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Slide onto a serving platter. Decorate with the herbs and fresh cranberries. Serve the extra cheese alongside if using.

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11th Dec, 2018
Wonderful, thank you so much. Ignore the negative idiots on here. They are nearly incapable of even baking a Camembert let alone making bread. LOL
15th Nov, 2017
I made this for a Christmas party and it was fabulous. Need to be organised in terms of starting the day before, however is on the party food list.
9th Jan, 2016
Wow, this is really worth the effort! Not as difficult as it looks either, I did the inner ring savory fillings, garlic, muchroom pate etc and then the outer ring sweet , jam, nutella and cranberry sauce. It tasted delicious!
1st Jan, 2016
Easy enough but quite a bit of faff for so many fillings. Garlic was favourite and to be honest, the bread & cheese is so good that I'm going with just garlic & plain next time. Looks amazing on the table. Bread soft & fluffy. A lovely sharing starter for an informal dinner
26th Dec, 2015
This was perfect. Nothing was left!
17th Dec, 2015
I made this and I'm not a baker by any stretch of the imagination! It came out fantastically and I was amazed by the results. Everyone was very impressed and it tasted fabulous! (I did change the fillings but the mushroom was everyone's favourite).
11th Jan, 2015
Made this when going round to friends for drinks. Went down very well with everyone. I made different fillings, chilli jam, roasted onion and roasted garlic. The only problem it doesn't last very long!!!!
13th Jan, 2014
Looks amazing, easy to make. My teenage daughter did it on her own. We tried different fillings for the brioche and left some plain. We used a camembert baker instead of the box with no problems. Awesome
2nd Jan, 2014
Looked sensational but the buns tasted really average - a bit of a let down
11th Dec, 2018
Your fault then, no one else's, can you bake bread?


10th Dec, 2019
Hi, I don’t have an electric bread mixed, can I do all of the mixing and kneading by hand??
lulu_grimes's picture
10th Dec, 2019
Hello, Thank you for your question. Yes you can do this by hand, it will just take a little longer! I hope this helps.
11th Dec, 2016
Made this again but the dough just never got to the point where it was sticking to the dough sticks when mixing and it was just too wet. Any ideas where I went wrong?
goodfoodteam's picture
17th Dec, 2016
Thanks for your question. The dough is quite gloopy so will not stick to the dough in the same way many bread doughs do. As it says in the recipe, it's more of a thick cake batter consistency, it won't form into a firm ball. We'd suggest kneading for a few minutes longer but then continuing the recipe. Don't be put off by the consistency! Hope that helps.
10th Dec, 2015
Is there a way to make this a day ahead then bake?
goodfoodteam's picture
14th Dec, 2015
You can make the dough a day before, and store it in a plastic bag in the fridge, but you will need to shape it the next day. The alternative is that you bake the brioche the day before with the box (without the cheese and protect the inside with foil). On the day, bake the cheese separately and warm the brioche taking care not to over heat it. Pop the cheese back in the box before serving, but there is a slight possibility the cheese will change shape so it might be worth having a spare box to contain it in the oven! 
9th Aug, 2015
I wanted to use a creamy ble cheese for the centre. Would this work and what filling should I use for buns? Chicken mince?
29th Nov, 2014
What size baking tray should be used? It looks rather large so want to make sure I will have room in the oven for it!
15th Dec, 2013
I can't see any mention of the quince jelly, chestnuts, mushroom pate in the recipe - are these alternative fillings for the rolls?
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17th Dec, 2013
Hi there,In step 7, it says to repeat with the remaining fillings - this is where you would use up each of the remaining fillings in the same way as you filled the buns with garlic so you will end up with 5 buns filled with garlic, 5 with quince paste, 5 with chestnut halves etc. Hope that's clearer!


Josephine_1012345's picture
11th Nov, 2018
An extremely rewarding bake perfect for a group (rich and filling so be careful when you serve it)! However, here are some things I would do differently. I roasted the prescribed amount of garlic and used it on half the buns - even this amount was a bit overwhelming so in future I would use half a bulb of garlic for half the amount of buns. The camembert wasn't as baked as I would have liked whilst the buns were perfectly baked. I would advise popping the Camembert back into the oven without the buns for an additional 5 minutes or so. Finally, I experimented with sun-dried tomato on a couple of the buns and it was wonderful! Not a typical flavour associated with Camembert but went down a treat. In fact, I left some buns plain and this worked well to let the Camembert shine!
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