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.

Top the baked Camembert with dried fruit, herbs or quick homemade cranberry jam or this small batch strawberry rhubarb jam. Also try these easy deviled eggs recipe for a tasty appetizer.

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 delicious and easy appetizer and a glass of your favorite wine.
  • The variety of toppings you can add is endless, and later in the post, I will give you some ideas for baked Camembert accompaniments.

Main Ingredients Notes

The full ingredient list, including quantities and instructions, is located in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Camembert is a French round soft cheese made from cow’s milk. It has an earthy, slightly nutty flavor, similar to that of 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. Alternatively, 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 buy fruit-infused honey at a local farmers market.
  • Step Five: Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Be careful not to overbake for a creamy, gooey cheese.
  • Step Six: Remove the cheese from the oven and serve as is while still warm and creamy. You can add fresh rosemary, thyme sprigs, or red chili flakes, or sprinkle herbs, cranberries, or crushed nuts over the baked cheese.
warm and gooey baked Camembert

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, 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’ll 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

Can you eat Camembert cheese without cooking it?

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.

What is the white rind on Camembert made of?

The rind is actually an edible white mold. As a rule mold and edible don’t seem like comparable terms , you can check out the USDA site for more information.

Does Camembert cheese need to be refrigerated?

Yes, soft cheeses including Camembert and Brie must be refrigerated for safety.

Can you bake Camembert in it’s wooden box?

You can bake the cheese in its own little wood box. Just make sure the box is held together with staples and not glue.

Can you store leftover baked Camembert?

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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baked camembert cheese topped with cranberries

Honey Baked Camembert

The best gooey baked Camembert treat with a hint of honey and ready in about 20 minutes
4 from 2 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 74kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce)package Camembert cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • sea salt flakes

Instructions

  • 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.  

Notes

Select a good quality Camembert. It should be ripe but not too ripe. The cheese should give slightly when pressed but not be overly soft.
Before baking, score the top of the cheese in a crosshatch pattern. This helps the heat penetrate into the cheese and makes it easier to dip into once it’s melted.
If your Camembert comes in a wooden box, you can bake it in the box to help it keep its shape. Remove any plastic packaging, place the cheese back in the box, then place the box on a baking sheet.
Overbaking can cause the cheese to become too runny and lose its flavor. Depending on the size of the cheese and your oven, 15-20 minutes is usually sufficient.
You can add flavorings such as garlic, herbs, or honey before baking. Insert slices of garlic and sprigs of rosemary into the slits you made on top, or drizzle a little honey for a sweet and savory version.
Baked Camembert is best served hot, right out of the oven. As it cools, the cheese will begin to solidify again.

Nutrition

Serving: 2ounces | Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 205mg | Sugar: 4g
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