This is one of the best things I have ever made.
If you don't try any other recipes on this blog, give this one a go.
Not only is it super easy, but it really looks lovely and is perfect for winter with a soup or strew. I love it with Heston's Ham and Pea Soup.
So first of all you should know this is a cheats recipe.
I don't think that home-made bread is ever a huge sucess. It always has the wrong texture or tastes of yeast.
So I highly recommend that you cheat, however you could of course make your own bread dough and replace that with the pre-made dough I recommend.
Ham and Cheese Bread Heaven.
1 packet of Jus-Rol White Rustic Loaf Dough
6 slices of cheese (Edam, Cheddar or Red Leicester - I like to use a mix)
1 cup of finely grated cheese (same mix as above)
1/3 cup of finely grated Parmesan
12 slices of good Ham (I like to make my own coke boiled ham from a Nigella Lawson recipe and slice is super thin, but a really good supermarket version is fine, it should be super thin and preferably have fat on it still)
- Preheat oven to 180 (for a Fan) or 200 (for a regular oven).
- Cover a baking sheet in non-stick foil and sprinkle semolina over it.
- Take your Jus-Rol White Rustic Loaf and remove it from the tin.
- Cut the roll open along the seam you will see and gently but firmly encourage the dough to unroll along the line that is already there. You will end up with an almost flat sheet of dough, similar to a sheet of pastry.
- Lie the dough on the prepared baking sheet.
- Place the slices of cheese across the whole dough so it is covered. Then cover the cheese in 10 slices of ham in two overlapping rows.
- Sprinkle 3/4 of the mixed grated cheese over the top of the ham.
- Now roll the dough up in the same way that you would a swiss roll, try to do this as tightly as possible. Make sure the the final roll leaves the open section on the bottom touching the tray.
- Take a knife and cut 1.5 inch diagonal slits into the roll along the top at 1 inch intervals, cut down through the dough until you see the cheese slices and then stop.
- Use the remaining 1/4 cup of grated cheese to stuff the slits along with the 2 remaining slices of ham.
- Finally sprinkle the grated parmesan over the whole loaf, and place in the oven for 30 mins, or until the loaf is a dark golden colour and has a crispy outside.
- Place the loaf on a cooling rack for 5-10 mins then slice.