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Baked Camembert: a really easy recipe

Probably one the the easiest and tastiest cheese recipes out there is a baked Camembert. Camembert and its cousin Brie, are absolutely ideal for baking because the cheese melts so well. And, let's face it--everyone loves melted cheese.

The following is a Camembert recipe that I adapted from Jamie Oliver; but you can change or add whatever ingredients that you would like. For instance, I decided that I could go without the cranberries. If you’re looking for inspiration you can look on this page for other cheese recipes.

The recipe

Ingredients
  • Almonds (pinch)
  • Rosemary (2-3 sprigs)
  • 1 Wheel of Camembert
  • Sea Salt (pinch)
  • Olive Oil (1-2 tsp)
  • Chopped garlic (1 clove)

Directions

It’s all going to happen rather quickly; so, first turn your oven dial to 350°F (180°C). While the oven is getting nice and hot, unbox and unwrap your wheel of camembert. Next, cut the top of the rind off and season season with garlic and sea salt. Replace the rind and score the top with a knife. Push in a few sprigs of rosemary, drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil on top and sprinkle with a couple pinches of sliced almonds. Make sure to replace the wooden box top before baking. Bake in the oven for around 15-20 minutes. Serve hot with some toasted baguette. You will want to use a flat cheese knife.

Sped up video

Takes up to 20 minutes, but here it is in 16 seconds.

Pair with wine

Camembert goes with most wines, so feel free to be creative. I chose a pinot noir. If you are interested to find out more about wine and cheese pairings, you can get a free wine and cheese pairing guide when you subscribe to my email newsletter. My pairing guide has 3 pages of the cheeses you know, and can readily find at your supermarket, and wines you can pronounce.

What are your favorite toppings? Let me know in the comments below.

  • Buzzina Bethie

    Thanks, I can’t wait to try this.

    • Awesome! Please let me know how you like it

      • Buzzina Bethie

        Tried it! We have some French friends that have a French restaurant here in Key West. They went on vacation and left the cat for us to feed. For our service, we took a wheel of Camembert from the restaurant fridge. This was great! Thanks, we will try this again with friends.

  • Lonestar

    Can the wrap be baked as well?

    • So there is the wood box that the Camembert usually comes in and then there is the plastic wrap that the cheese is wrapped in, inside of the wooden box. You should always take the plastic (or paper wrap) off of the Camembert first before baking it. However, you can bake the Camembert inside the wooden box. Hope this answers your question!

      • Lonestar

        Yes, it definitely answers the question–the few articles I’ve seen haven’t been explicit about this.