this is my go-to recipe when I fancy something delicious, indulgent and super easy. Baked camembert to me is a cheap and easy way to spoil myself and make myself feel good and I have to say, there is nothing nicer than a large glass of wine to go with this simple dish.
this isn’t a dish to eat if you are counting calories, watching your weight or trying to be good. Its calorific and the addition of bread for dunking is also a necessity but not kind to the scales. its an all-or-nothing kind of treat.
there are many different recipes out there and a variety of ways to add flavour to baed camembert but my go-to is simply garlic, rosemary and olive oil.
some people add honey, cranberry jam or caramelised red onions and others add lots of garlic, white wine, and even liqueur.
one camembert cheese
one or two cloves of garlic (depending on your taste)
1tbsp olive oil
1 sprig of rosemary
ground black pepper.
bread, crackers, oatcakes for dunking
selection of olives, cornichons, sliced vegetables such as carrot and cucumber.
preheat the oven to its maximum temperature so that it’s piping hot when you finally put the camembert in.
finely slice the garlic clove(s) and wash the rosemary sprig, removing the leaves from the stalk.
unwrap the camembert and slice the top off of the circular cheese, almost like a lid.
place the cheese inside an ovenproof dish and use a knife to pierce some slots in the cheese so that you can push the garlic slices inside.
sprinkle the rosemary leaves on top of the cheese, pour over the olive oil and season with sea salt and black pepper.
place the lid of the cheese (that you sliced off) on top of the cheese and you are ready to put the cheese in the oven.
Reduce the oven temperature to 200oC and place the cheese in its ovenproof dish into the oven. Set a timer for 15 minutes but do keep an eye on the cheese as it cooks.
whilst the cheese is baking prepare a number of dunkable snacks that can be eaten with the cheese. Crusty bread, oatcakes, crackers all dunk well. to balance out the richness of the cheese I always try and have some vegetables such as cucumber and carrot and I do like a few olives to go with the cheese.
if you love cheese as much as I do then this is a great snack to master and enjoy, but it may require extra hard work at the gym to work off the guilt.
give this a go.