Holiday Bread Wreath with Camembert Recipe
3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup warm milk
1 1/2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp canola oil
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp dry yeast
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp milk
Garlic Rosemary Camembert:
200g camembert wheel
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 fresh rosemary sprigs
1 tbsp olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
- Make the bread wreath: Combine 3 1/2 cups flour and the 2 tsp salt in a large bowl and mix well. In a small bowl stir together the milk, butter and sugar. Add the yeast and let stand for 5-10 minutes until bubbly.
- Add the milk mixture to the flour and knead until smooth by adding the remaining 1/4 cup flour little by little as needed. The dough should be soft but not sticky.
- Add 1 tsp of canola oil and knead for 1 more minute. Cover with cling film and put in a warm place such as an oven or a microwave for 1 hour or until double in size. Line a large, round baking sheet with parchment paper and place a round ovenproof dish in the center.
- Place the dough on a lightly floured countertop and press the air out of it. Divide into 4 equal parts and then cut each into 6. Roll each piece into a ball and arrange in a circle around the ovenproof dish. Leave about 1/2 cm between the balls- they will need space to expand while in the oven. Cover with a kitchen towel and put in a warm place for 30-40 min.
- Prep the camembert wheel: Transfer cheese to the same ovenproof dish used earlier. Using a paring knife score the camembert wheel in a crosshatch pattern. Slice the garlic cloves lengthwise in four and press down into the cheese. Cut the rosemary sprigs into 6 1-inch pieces and stick among the garlic cloves. Drizzles olive oil and add a pinch of freshly ground black pepper. Preheat the oven to 190C.
- Make the egg wash by whisking together the egg and 2 tbsp milk. Brush each ball with the egg wash and sprinkle with poppy seeds, sesame seeds and sea salt. Place the wheel of camembert in the center of the bread wreath and bake in medium position for 15-20 minutes. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and serve immediately.
The bread wreath and Camembert need the same amount of time in the oven, but you can bake the bread earlier in the day, cover with a kitchen towel and bake the cheese when your guests are about to arrive. You can then pop the bread wreath in the oven for a minute to gently warm it up, and your meal is all set.