Festive filled brioche centerpiece with baked Camembert

We present you the ultimate eye-catcher for your festive table – the festive brioche centerpiece filled with baked Camembert. This magnificent creation from Great British Bake Off star Kimberley Wilson is a true holiday bread that promises to impress. Imagine your guests’ delight when they discover the individually filled rolls full of delicious flavors. And the highlight? A rich and gooey baked camembert sits right in the middle, waiting to be enjoyed and shared. Get ready to make your feast unforgettable with this stunning centerpiece!


  • 4 large eggs
  • 20 ml milk
  • 350g strong white bread flour
  • 7 g bag of fast-acting dry yeast
  • 30g powdered sugar
  • 5g salt
  • ½ tsp spice mixture
  • 200g unsalted butter, diced and softened
  • 1 egg, beaten with a pinch of salt
  • Sprinkling poppy seeds
  • 1 whole 250g Camembert in a wooden box with staples
  • 2-3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 1 tbsp quince paste (Membrillo), pureed
  • 5 cooked chestnut halves
  • ½ tbsp dried, chopped cranberry mixed with ½ tbsp cranberry sauce
  • 1 tbsp mushroom pate
  • 30g fresh cranberries
  • Rosemary sprigs or bay leaves

Preparation steps

  1. Whisk eggs and milk together in a jug.
  2. Place flour, yeast, sugar, salt and spices in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. On medium setting, slowly and evenly pour in the egg mixture and continue mixing until a very soft, moist dough forms.
  5. Add the butter, increase the speed and knead for 8-10 minutes.
  6. The dough is ready when it hangs on the dough hook. At this point it’s more like a thick cake batter than a bread dough.
  7. Cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight.
  8. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6.
  9. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  10. Remove any loose outer skins from the garlic bulbs.
  11. Using a sharp knife, cut off the stem and top part of the cloves.
  12. Place on the foil, drizzle with a little olive oil and season.
  13. Pull up the edges of the foil and seal it, creating a fairly tight package.
  14. Bake in the upper part of the oven for 35-45 minutes.
  15. Remove from the oven and leave the package sealed until the garlic is cool enough to handle.
  16. Remove the cloves by either pushing the bulb up from the base or pulling them out with a toothpick.
  17. Mash the garlic with a fork.
  18. Wrap well (so that the smell of garlic does not spread to other foods) and store in the refrigerator.
  19. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  20. Remove the cheese from its wooden box and place it back in the refrigerator until a later date.
  21. Place the cardboard in the center of the laid out tray.
  22. Tip the dough onto a well-floured surface.
  23. Divide into 5 large, equal pieces – it can be helpful to roll the dough out into an even sausage shape and mark with a knife first to get equal pieces.
  24. Take a piece and divide it into 5 parts again.
  25. One at a time, carefully roll each of these 5 pieces into a ball, flouring your index finger and making a small, deep indentation in the center.
  26. Stuff with 1/2 teaspoon roasted garlic, pinch top of dough to seal, and place sealed side down on floured surface.
  27. Place your hand over the bun and twist it a little to get an even shape.
  28. Repeat until you have filled all 5.
  29. Repeat step 6 with remaining 4 fillings.
  30. Arrange the rolls around the wooden box, you will need 10 for the inner ring and 15 for the outer ring.
  31. Leave about 1/2 inch of space between each bun to give them room to rise.
  32. Cover with oiled cling film and leave to rest in a warm place for 30-40 minutes until almost doubled in size.
  33. Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/gas 5.
  34. Remove any plastic wrap or stickers from the cheese.
  35. Using a small knife, make an incision in the top edge and remove the top layer of rind.
  36. Sprinkle with thyme leaves and place in the box, cut side up.
  37. Brush the rolls with the beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  38. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  39. Slide onto a serving platter.
  40. Decorate with herbs and fresh cranberries.
  41. Serve with additional cheese if desired.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

  • Large mixing bowl
  • baking tray
  • Whisk
  • Bread knife
  • rolling pin
  • Basting brush
  • Oven-safe dishes
  • tablespoon
  • Pastry brush

Allergen information

This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Eggs
  • milk

Storage and leftovers

This festive stuffed brioche centerpiece can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Leftovers can be reheated in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

  1. First, preheat your oven to 392°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
  3. Add the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and spice mixture to the bowl and mix until a dough forms.
  4. Add the softened butter, a few cubes at a time, kneading well after each addition.
  5. Once all the butter is incorporated, continue kneading the dough for 5-10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  6. Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours until doubled in size.
  7. Punch out the dough and place it on a lightly floured surface.
  8. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle about 1/4 inch thick.
  9. Place the Camembert cheese in the center of the dough.
  10. Arrange the thyme sprigs, quince puree, cooked chestnut halves, dried cranberry mixture and mushroom pate around the cheese.
  11. Bring the edges of the dough up and over the filling, pinching to seal.
  12. Transfer the brioche center piece to the prepared baking sheet.
  13. Brush the top of the brioche with the beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  14. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the brioche is golden brown and cooked through.
  15. While the brioche is baking, prepare the baked Camembert.
  16. Take the camembert out of the wooden box and place it in an ovenproof dish.
  17. Cut a few slits in the top of the cheese and insert the garlic cloves.
  18. Bake the Camembert in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and gooey.
  19. Serve the festive stuffed brioche centerpiece with the baked Camembert along with fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs or bay leaves.

Health Benefits of a Festive Stuffed Brioche Center with Baked Camembert

The festive filled brioche centerpiece with baked Camembert not only tantalizes the taste buds, but also offers several health benefits. From nourishing proteins to immune-boosting ingredients, this delicious dish is both indulgent and nutritious.

Rich in proteins

Eggs and bread flour are the main ingredients in this recipe, both excellent sources of protein. Proteins are essential for building and repairing tissue in the body. They also support the growth of strong muscles and contribute to the healthy functioning of various body processes.

Good source of vitamins and minerals

The brioche dough is supplemented with a variety of ingredients that provide important vitamins and minerals. Thyme, garlic and rosemary are all rich in antioxidants, which protect the body from damage caused by harmful free radicals. These herbs also have antibacterial properties and may contribute to better immune function.

Both dried and fresh cranberries are full of vitamins A and C. These vitamins support immune system health, promote collagen production, and act as powerful antioxidants. Additionally, cranberries contain beneficial compounds that may help prevent urinary tract infections.

Chestnuts, another ingredient in this recipe, are an excellent source of several minerals including potassium, magnesium and copper. These minerals play a crucial role in maintaining healthy heart function, supporting bone health, and supporting red blood cell production.

Healthy fats

Using unsalted butter in brioche dough provides a source of healthy fats. Although fats are often associated with negative health effects, it is important to consume them in moderation as part of a balanced diet. Healthy fats, like those found in butter, can help improve cholesterol levels, support brain function, and aid the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.

Gut friendly ingredients

The festive stuffed brioche center also contains mushroom pate, which offers potential gut health benefits. Mushrooms are a prebiotic food, meaning they contain fiber that stimulates the growth and activity of beneficial gut bacteria. This can contribute to a healthy gut microbiome and improve digestion.

When combined, these ingredients create a culinary masterpiece that not only satisfies cravings but also provides a range of health benefits. Try this festive stuffed brioche centerpiece with baked Camembert and enjoy its delicious taste and nourishing properties.

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