Looking for an easy, elegant cheese recipe? You've come to the right place! This simple but delicious gooey Baked Camembert Cheese with Honey is ready in under 20 minutes. Go ahead and treat yourself to this little indulgence.
Baked Camembert with Honey is perfect to serve on it's own with some crusty bread and other toppings to dip into the molten cheese. Just add your favorite glass of red or white wine!
You can also serve this cheese as an appetizer, and if serving a larger group, just bake a second whole cheese.
Why this baked camembert recipe works
- This Baked Camembert Recipe is incredibly easy recipe to make at home and is ready in just about 20 minutes.
- Cook the baked Camembert with Honey for a truly delicious and easy appetizer and a glass of your favorite wine.
- The variety of topping you can add is endless and I give you some ideas for baked Camembert accompaniments later in the post.
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✔ Main Ingredients Notes
- Camembert: This French round soft cheese made using cow’s milk. It has an earthy slightly nutty flavor. Camembert is very similar to Brie cheese.
- Honey: So many options here, I like to use a flavored honey since the recipe is basic and simple.
- Salt: I use good quality sea salt flakes to sprinkle over the cheese, just before serving.
✎ How to bake Camembert
- Step One: Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
- Step Two: Remove the small wheel of Camembert from the wooden box and line the box with foil. Remove the plastic covering from the cheese and place it back in its wooden box. Alternately you can transfer the cheese to a small round baking dish or cheese baker.
- Step Three: Score a deep crosshatch pattern or slits on the top rind of the cheese to allow the air to escape while cooking.
- Step Four: Drizzle with orange or raspberry flavored honey. I pick up fruit-infused honey from a local farmers market.
- Step Five: Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. For a creamy gooey cheese be careful not to over bake.
- Step Six: Remove from the oven, and serve as is while still warm and creamy. Add fresh rosemary, fresh thyme sprigs, red chili flakes, or sprinkle herbs, cranberries, or crushed nuts over the baked cheese.
Sydney's recipe notes
- If you over bake the cheese it will cross over from a nice gooey consistency and harden.
- If the wooden box isn't stapled, tie a piece of string around the box to keep it from potentially falling apart.
- Top the baked Camembert with dried fruit, herbs or homemade Cranberry Sauce or Strawberry Rhubarb Jam.
- You can also bake Brie using the same method.
How to cut into the rind of the Camembert
Slicing into the top rind so the air will escape while baking. If you leave the rind uncut the cheese ends up drying out with no way for any air to escape.
Use a sharp knife to either slit the top of the rind or remove it completely. It's really a taste preference, some people say the rind is important to the flavor, and others prefer to just go for the gooey goodness. Treat your taste buds to this delicious recipe.
Fun idea: Use a festive shape cookie cutter and cut out a small middle portion.
What to Serve With Camembert
- Sometimes I make a simple meal of this creamy baked cheese with crusty French bread, jam, and a great glass of red wine.
- Camembert pairs well with a variety of foods, including fruits, jams, crackers, and breads. As an easy and elegant appetizer, pairs with pear slices or dried figs. The sweetness of the fruit helps to offset the richness of the cheese.
- For something a little more substantial serve with crusty bread and a selection of cured meats and compliment with sliced apples. The salty meats provide a perfect contrast to the creamy cheese.
- Finally, enjoy on its own as part of a cheese board or crudite platter. Paired with a glass of wine, it makes for a perfect after-dinner treat. No matter how you enjoy it, Camembert is a versatile cheese that is sure to please any palate.
Brie vs Camembert
Both kinds of cheese are originally from the north of France and both are made from cow milk. They also both have a creamy texture and an edible rind. There are subtle differences between the two kinds of cheese.
- Brie has a milder flavor and Camembert has a slightly more intense deeper flavor.
- Camembert’s scent is earthier and Brie has a light buttery aroma.
- Brie tends to be a little softer cheese while Camembert is denser.
- Camembert has a milk fat content of around 45% versus Brie at 60% milk fat. the higher fat in Brie gives it a more creamy texture.
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- Knife: Use a sharp kitchen knife to score the top rind crust of the cheese. Take care not to piece the whole way through, just the top, enough to allow the steam to escape in the oven.
- Camembert Baking Dish: You can buy ceramic dishes for baking camembert cheese, if you have one by all means us it. However, I find it just as easy to bake the cheese in the box it came in, it also saves on the washing up too.
？Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely. The uncooked cheese tastes best at room temperature so when you remove it from the refrigerator let it sit for at least 30 minutes before serving.
The rind is actually an edible white mold. As a rule mold and edible don’t seem like comparable terms so I’ve linked to the USDA site for those that would like a more expert answer. Ask the USDA
Yes, soft cheeses including Camembert and Brie must be refrigerated for safety.
You can bake the cheese in its own little wood box. Just make sure the box is held together with staples and not glue.
The Camembert is best served warm, straight out of the oven when the cheese is lovely and molten. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Then warm up in the oven when you are ready to enjoy, just take care not to overcook the cheese.
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Honey Baked Camembert
- 1 (8 ounce)package Camembert cheese
- 1 tablespoon honey
- sea salt flakes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.1 (8 ounce)package Camembert cheese
- Remove the plastic packaging and place the Camembert back in its wooden box. Wrap the box with a layer of aluminum foil. Alternately you can transfer the cheese to a small round baking dish.
- Score a deep cross on the top rind of the cheese to allow the air to escape while cooking. There are two types of Camembert lovers, those who remove the rind entirely and those who leave it on.
- Drizzle with honey. Optional addition: sprinkle with red pepper chili flakes and a pinch of sea salt,1 tablespoon honey, sea salt flakes
- Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. For a creamy gooey cheese be careful not to over bake.
- Remove from the oven, and serve while still warm and creamy.