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Triple-cream cheese with Australian truffles, honeyed walnuts and fruit bread

You'll need

  • 200 gm
  • triple cream cheese, such as delice d’Bourgogne or Saint André, at room temperature
  • To serve:
  • shaved truffle
  •  
  • Fruit bread
  • 250 gm
  • plain flour
  • 15 gm
  • dried yeast
  • 1½ tbsp
  • hazelnut oil
  • 1 tbsp (20gm)
  • honey
  • 50 gm
  • each of dried apricots and figs, finely chopped
  • 50 gm
  • each of hazelnuts and walnuts, coarsely chopped
  •  
  • Honeyed walnuts
  • 2 tbsp
  • honey
  • 1 tbsp
  • grapeseed oil
  • 5 ml
  • walnut oil
  • 1
  • rosemary sprig
  • 200 gm
  • walnuts, roasted

Method

  • 01
  • For fruit bread, preheat oven to 220C. Combine flour, yeast, hazelnut oil, honey and 15gm salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix on low speed until well combined, then add 250ml water or enough to form a smooth dough. Add dried fruit and nuts and mix until just combined. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and stand in a warm place until double in size (30 minutes). Knock dough back, then roll into a 5cm-wide and 20cm-long log. Transfer to a lightly floured heavy-based oven tray and cook until golden and sounds hollow when tapped (18-20 minutes). Cool on a wire rack.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for honeyed walnuts, combine honey, oils and rosemary in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until honey softens (4-5 minutes). Add walnuts, stir to combine, then set aside to cool.
  • 03
  • Slice fruit bread and arrange on a platter with cheese and honeyed walnuts. Scatter shaved truffle over cheese and serve immediately.

“For this new-age cheese plate, any good-quality cheese, brought to room temperature before serving, would work. I prefer to use the truffles from Western Australia which are incredible and getting better and better each season.” — Warren Turnbull

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
  • 40 min preparation
  • 20 min cooking (plus proving)
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
  • 40 min preparation
  • 20 min cooking (plus proving)

Drink Suggestion

Medium to full-bodied malbec or tannat.

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