Look no further, here is an easy and elegant baked Camembert Cheese recipe to make for yourself as a little indulgence or bake for a holiday gathering.
What is Camembert Cheese?
Camembert is a French round soft cheese made using cow’s milk. It has an earthy slightly nutty flavor. Camembert is very similar to Brie.
Baked Camembert is incredibly easy to make at home and is ready in just about 20 minutes.
Why do you cut into the rind of the Camembert?
Slicing into the top rind is so the while baking the air will escape. If you leave the rind uncut the cheese ends up drying out with no way for any air to escape.
You can either slit the top 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. Leave it up to your taste buds to decide.
Why not use a festive shape cookie cutter and cut out a small middle portion so everyone is happy!
How to Serve Camembert
Sometimes I make a simple meal of baked Camembert, crusty French bread, jam, and a great glass and a half of red wine.
The cheese pairs well with jams, cranberry sauce or an apple chutney.
Camembert vs Brie: What are some of the Differences?
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 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 and buttery aroma.
- Brie tends to be a little softer cheese while Camembert is denser.
You can bake the Camembert in it’s own little wood box or transfer to a baking dish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Remove the Camembert from the wooden box and line the box with foil. Remove the plastic covering from the Camembert back and place it back in its wooden box. Alternately you can transfer the cheese to a small round baking dish or cheese baker.
Tip: If the wooden box isn't stapled, tie a piece of string around the box to keep it from potential falling apart.
Score a deep cross or slits on the top rind of the cheese to allow the air to escape while cooking.
Drizzle with orange or raspberry flavored honey. I pick up fruit-infused honey from a local farmers market.
Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. For a creamy gooey cheese be careful not to over bake. If you over bake the cheese will cross over from a nice gooey consistency and harden.
Remove from the oven, and serve as is while still warm and creamy or sprinkle herbs, cranberries, or crushed nuts
This recipe turns out perfect every time!