Whether we are ready for it or not, we are hurtling into party season. Be it cozy festive dinners inside or lazy day barbecues around the pool I do think this Baked Camembert Focaccia with Honey and Dukkah will fit with any occasion you are preparing for.
Crusty freshly baked bread with a round of oozy warm camembert in the middle, drizzled with sweet honey and topped with a sprinkle of sea salt and dukkah makes for an impressive snack to nibble on. Serve it straight from the oven for maximum flavor. If you do not have the time or inclination to bake your own focaccia get some bread from the bakery but make sure it is more of a flatbread than a usual loaf style.
I love the combination of salt and sweet with the softness of the bread and the richness of the cheese. You can play with the flavors as well. Use a nutty dukkah with pistachios for instance (it will look so pretty) or replace the dukkah with a dusting of baharat or za’atar.
You could replace the honey with maple syrup or add flavor by using different kinds of honey (I do think the bread works well with the added sweetness but you can serve it without). If you know your guests love their cheese, add two rounds of camembert to the bread instead of just the one. Enjoy!
- Author: Hein van Tonder
- Category: Appetizer
- 500 g white bread flour
- 10 g sachet dried yeast
- 10 ml sugar
- 7½ ml salt
- 300 ml lukewarm water
- extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt
- fresh thyme
- 1 wheel camembert cheese
- honey for drizzling
- dukkah for sprinkling
- Place the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl and make a small well in the middle
- Slowly pour the water into the well while mixing with a fork
- Mix until all the ingredients start coming together, and then knead for about 10 minutes until you have a smooth, soft dough that springs back to the touch
- Lightly oil a large bowl with some olive oil and transfer the dough to the bowl
- Cover with a damp kitchen towel and leave to prove in a warm place for about 30 minutes until doubled in size
- Lightly oil a baking tray, punch down the dough and spread the dough out to cover the tray
- Using your fingers, push down roughly on the dough to make dips and wells
- Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with some sea salt and fresh thyme
- Leave to prove in a warm place for 20 minutes
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C
- Bake the focaccia for 20 minutes until golden on top and cooked through
- Remove from the baking tray and place on a cooling tray to cool down
- Once the focaccia is cool enough to handle, place back on the baking tray and preheat the oven to 170 degrees C
- Carefully slice the focaccia into about 2cm x 2cm bit sized squares making sure not to cut through the bottom crust
- Use the camembert wheel to cut a circle in the middle of the dough for the camembert to fit into
- Remove the bread within the circle but leave a bottom of bread crust for the cheese to stand on
- Turn the camembert on its side and cut the top off and place the wheel in the hole, cut side up
- Drizzle the focaccia with more olive oil, letting the oil drip between the cut segments
- Bake for 25 minutes until the cheese is melted
- If the focaccia is browning too much, cover lightly with foil to keep from browning
- As soon as the focaccia comes out of the oven, drizzle liberally with honey, sprinkle with some dukkah and sea salt and serve immediately
Hein is a Gourmet Hunter and Food Writer and Photographer in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. He has always loved food and photography is a relative new hobby. He uses his blog heinstirred.com to combine his love for photography with his other love, eating. He has fully embraced the food media world with his styling, photography and words being seen on various digital and traditional platforms.