Strawberry + Basil Camembert Baked in a Bread Boule – Dana Shortt Gourmet

Strawberry + Basil Camembert Baked in a Bread Boule

Oil + Vinegar – Pairing – Basil + Berries:

BASIL infused olive oil
STRAWBERRY dark balsamic vinegar

Strawberry + Basil Camembert Baked in a Bread Boule

Ingredients

For Bread Boule

  • 1 sourdough bread boule (round loaf of bread, approx. 675 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons DANA’s Basil infused olive oil
  • 1, 170 gram package of camembert or brie cheese
    (about a 4” round)
  • 5 large strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 1 tablespoon DANA’s Strawberry aged balsamic vinegar
  • white granulated sugar, optional
  • additional fresh bread for serving

For for Drizzling & Garnishing

  • 2 tablespoons DANA’s Basil infused olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons DANA’s Strawberry aged balsamic vinegar
  • 3 large strawberries, thinly-sliced

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 450° F. (or preheat the BBQ).
  2. In a large bowl or pot, mash strawberries with a potato masher or fork. Add the balsamic vinegar. Taste, add a touch of sugar if necessary.
  3. Using a serrated knife, slice off the top of the loaf, a third of the way down. Slice the top into small pieces and set aside. Carefully remove most of the interior of the loaf so that the wheel of camembert can easily fit inside, being careful not to make holes in the crust. Brush the interior of the bread with the olive oil.
  4. Slice the camembert in half lengthwise. Place one half of the camembert inside the hole in the loaf of bread. Top with half of the strawberry mixture. Top with the other half of cheese and top with remaining strawberry mixture. Wrap tin foil around the outside of the loaf, leaving the cheese exposed.
  5. Place loaf on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and hot (check after 14 minutes – if the cheese is not starting to melt, cut it into smaller pieces so that it will melt more quickly).
  6. While the loaf is baking, make the drizzle: combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil with the remaining 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar in a mason jar or other jar with lid, shake well. Remove bread from oven, top with sliced strawberries & the drizzle mixture. Serve hot with bread for dunking.