Baked Brie with a Oregano & Garlic Bread Roll Wreath

Let’s party!

If you need a recipe for a party buffet plate then this is ideal. The bread rolls can be made any size you like which is perfect if you want to share with a lot of people. Cheese is always a popular item so a gooey baked brie is sure to be a winner.

I added oregano, garlic and black pepper to my bread rolls to give them some extra flavour. You could use store-bought rolls if you don’t want, or don’t have time, to bake your own.

You can cook this on one heatproof dish and serve straight from the oven, but then you have the danger of someone burning themselves on the platter. I think it is safer to cook the rolls and brie separately then transfer them to a decorative serving platter.

Ingredients – serves 8:

  • 7g/0.2oz sachet dried yeast
  • 1 and 1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cups plain (all purpose) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • freshly ground black pepper, to season
  • 250g/9 oz brie wheel

Method:

  • Put the yeast, 1/2 cup of the water plus the sugar into a small bowl and stir. Set aside for 15 minutes until frothy.
  • Put the flour, salt, garlic, oregano and a good seasoning of black pepper into a large bowl and stir to mix. Add the remainder of the water and also the yeast mixture. Stir until the dough comes together and then turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. You can do this with the dough hook on your electric mixture if you have one.
  • Put the dough into a lightly greased large bowl and cover the bowl with cling wrap. Set aside for 1 hour until doubled in size.
  • Punch down the risen dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface.
  • Tear off portions of the dough and form into balls to make your rolls. Smaller rolls will be more bite-sized and will also cook quicker than larger rolls.
  • Place the rolls in a wreath shape on a large baking tray. Cover with cling wrap and set aside for an hour to rise. Tip: You can place an oven-proof bowl in the middle of the tray to give you a circular shape to work around. You want the rolls to be close together but don’t crowd them too much or they won’t be easy to pull apart later.
  • Heat your oven to 200C/180C fan forced/390F.
  • Once the dough has risen, drizzle a little olive oil over the top and season with extra black pepper.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden. (The time will depend on the size of your bread rolls.)
  • Meanwhile, wrap the brie in a layer of non-stick baking paper followed  by a layer of aluminium foil. Place on a small baking tray and cook in the oven for about 12 minutes.
  • Remove the rolls and brie from the oven. Carefully place the wreath of rolls onto a large festive serving platter. Remove the aluminium foil layer from the brie and open the baking paper layer but do not remove it. Pop the brie in the middle.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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