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Cheddar cheese, walnut and sultana couronne with brewer's paste

Traditionally a couronne, or ‘crown’, is a sweet French bread baked at Christmas, this is a delicious savoury twist, perfect on autumn days…..

  • Timer Prep 150 min
    Cook 35 min
  • Chart 478.0 cal/
  • Chef hat Medium


Soften the butter. Toast and chop the walnuts.


  1. 1 You will need 1 large flat baking sheet, lined with greaseproof paper if not non-stick
  2. 2 Place the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. 3 Whisk together the milk and egg and add to the flour. Gradually work the flour into the liquid to a soft but not sticky dough. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes until smooth, elastic and satiny.
  4. 4 Shape the smooth dough into a ball, return the dough to the bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Leave to rise at room temperature for about 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
  5. 5 Knock back the risen dough, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 30cm x 22cm rectangle. Spread the Brewers’ paste over the dough and evenly scatter on the walnuts, sultanas or raisins and cheese.
  6. 6 Roll the dough up fairly tightly from one side, like a Swiss roll. Using both hands, gently squeeze out the roll until it is 40cm long. Using a sharp knife, cut the roll in half lengthways. Working with the cut side facing up, plait the halves together.
  7. 7 Place on a baking tray and shape into a neat ring, twisting and pinching the end strands together to close the ring. Cover loosely with a damp towel and leave to rise at room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  8. 8 Meanwhile preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan) gas 6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the ring is firm and golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Average per serving
  • Calories 478.0kCal
  • Fat23.1g
  • Saturated9.2g
  • Salt1.36g
  • Carbohydrates53.6
  • Sugar11.8g
  • Protein17.0g
  • Fibre3.9g