How to bake Camembert

If you're crazy for Camembert, follow our guide on how to bake it for an irresistibly gooey, cheese lovers' centrepiece. Ideal for casual entertaining

Baked Camembert, with knife cutting into it

Camembert is a soft, creamy cheese with a bloomy rind usually made from cow’s milk. It has become popular in winter and particularly at Christmas, because it can be baked whole in its wooden box, or in a special ceramic Camembert baker and then used as a gooey and rich, liquid cheese dip.

Buying Camembert

Camembert originates from Normandy where it is subject to rules governing how it is made. It is actually called Camembert de Normandie and if made with unpasteurised milk, it will have the words ‘appellation d’origine protégé’ on the box. If it is made with pasteurised milk, in the same region, it will say ‘fabrique en Normandie’. Camembert is also made in other regions and countries including in Britain. There is a Cornish Camembert and a Californian variety.

Good quality Camembert should have a rippled or bumpy looking rind that is white with tiny bits of red in places and slightly downy. It is sold in thin wooden boxes made from poplar; some are stapled and some, glued. Cheaper versions are often sold in cardboard boxes but we don’t advise baking the cheese in these. Instead, wrap it in foil, put in a specialist ceramic Camembert baker, or make one of our recipes where they're surrounded by bread to help them hold their shape.

How to bake Camembert

  1. Unwrap the Camembert completely and check it all over for any stickers etc.
  2. Slide the unwrapped cheese back into the bottom half of the box. If the box isn’t stapled together, tie a piece of string around the box in case the glue holding it together melts and it springs open.
  3. Slash the top of the cheese and add your toppings. For ideas, read our guide 5 ways with baked Camembert.
  4. Bake at 200C/180 C fan/gas 6 for 20 mins, or until the cheese is liquid in the centre.

How to serve Camembert

Baked Camembert surrounded by bacon-wrapped breadsticks

You can serve Camembert with any kind of toasted bread from baguette to pitta for dipping, but cut it into small pieces or fingers to make this easier.

Breadsticks are also good for dipping, as are cheese crackers and raw veg (the slightly healthier option). Put your cooked Camembert on a platter and arrange the dippers around the edge or to one side. Alternatively bake your Camembert surrounded by bread or brioche and use that instead.

Add accompaniments such as chutney and cranberry sauce in small bowls, or try dry dips such as dukkah or alcohol-soaked fruit. 

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Baked Camembert dough ball platter

Three baked Camembert cheeses amongst a doughball tear-and-share bread

A perfect tear-and-share option for a party, everyone loves dough balls and with three cheeses, there’s plenty to dip into.

Baked Camembert dough ball platter
 

Baked Camembert kit

Boxed Camembert with two jars of sultanas, giftwrapped

Going to a dinner party? Give someone the gift of a baked Camembert kit and cross your fingers that they’ll make it for you.

Baked Camembert kit 
 

Baked blue cheese with figs & walnuts

Baked blue Camembert, melting into a tray of roasted figs

Ring the changes with a blue cheese version. Of course, you can use a plain Camembert if you prefer.

Baked blue cheese with figs & walnuts 
 

Baked Camembert pie for sharing

Baked Camembert pie with slice taken out

Gooey cheese wrapped in pastry – what more could you want? You won’t need anything for dipping with this but a green salad with a sharp dressing would go well.

Baked Camembert pie for sharing 
 

Festive filled brioche centrepiece with baked Camembert

Festive circular brioche with open baked Camembert in the middle

Perfect for a Christmas party, this recipes makes a really beautiful centrepiece and the slightly sweeter flavour of brioche goes particularly well with Camembert.

Festive filled brioche centrepiece with baked Camembert
 

No-frills baked Camembert

Baked Camembert with mini toasts and knife

Simple, easy and ready in 30 minutes.

Baked Camembert

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