Everybody loves a baked camembert centrepiece. Perfect for diving into with vegetable crudités, breadsticks and slices of sourdough toast, it's deliciously decadent and satisfying. Put together the perfect dipping and sharing platter with a creamy baked camembert, finished with a range of delicious toppings.


Discover our classic baked camembert recipe and how to bake camembert then try our 10 irresistible twists below, including a festive brioche version and bacon-wrapped breadsticks ready for dunking. For more festive inspiration, check out our Christmas canapé recipe collection, best recipes with brie, cheeseboards and sharing platters. If you can't get enough cheesy goodness, see our most indulgent recipes with cheese and 10 twists on macaroni cheese.

1. Truffle & wild mushroom camembert

Truffle and wild mushroom camembert

This chunky, savoury creation is as rich as it sounds. The wild mushrooms lend a wonderful umami flavour we find irresistible. To make, put a whole camembert on a baking sheet in its box. Make 3-4 slits and drizzle over some truffle oil. Bake until the cheese is oozing and top with cooked wild mushrooms and garlic. For more umami goodness, serve alongside our mushroom pâté.

2. Candied bacon & pickled chestnuts

Camembert topped with bacon and pickled chestnuts

Brush streaky bacon on both sides with maple syrup, grill until just cooked, then roughly chop. Put chopped cooked chestnuts in a small bowl with a little sherry vinegar for 2 mins until lightly pickled. Make 3-4 slits in the top of a whole camembert and scatter over the bacon and chestnuts. Cook until the cheese is melting. Try more of our chestnut recipes here.

3. Antipasti

Antipasti-topped Camembert

Try an Italian twist. Make a few slits in the top of a whole camembert. Finely chop some capers and olives and sit on top of the cheese. Dot with a small handful of sundried tomatoes and bake until the cheese is melting. Discover our antipasti platter with homemade flatbreads.

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4. Mulled wine & red onion chutney

Camembert topped with mulled wine and red onion chutney

These festive flavours work perfectly with camembert; perk up your standard red onion chutney with a dash of mulled wine. Heat the mulled wine until bubbling and reduced by half. Stir in some crushed garlic and red onion chutney. Put a whole camembert on a baking sheet with a few slits in the top. Bake until melty, then spoon over the chutney. For more inspiration, try our Christmas chutney recipes.

5. Nut roast

Camembert topped with roasted nuts

Give your cheese some extra crunch and a subtle sweetness. Make 3-4 slits in the top of a whole camembert and sprinkle over some finely chopped sage, walnuts, pistachios, flaked almonds and honey. Bake for 15 mins until the nuts are golden and the cheese is melting. Now why not try our nut roast rolls?

6. Festive filled brioche centrepiece with baked camembert

This tear and share brioche makes the perfect Christmas party food dish – and guests will love the buns' festive filling of quince, chestnuts and cranberries. Next, try these cheese & garlic tear-and-share rolls.

Baked camembert surrounded by brioche

7. Baked camembert with bacon-wrapped breadsticks

Just when you thought you'd seen it all, bacon-wrapped breadsticks are here to take your baked camembert to a whole new level. The saltiness of the streaky pancetta is a match made in savoury heaven with the cheesy camembert. Discover more bacon recipes.

Baked camembert surrounded by bacon wrapped breadsticks

8. Baked camembert pie for sharing

Molten camembert comes oozing out of this pie that's just made to be shared. A fun group starter, the pie also features a layer of quince or cranberry jelly for an extra festive touch. Find our cranberry sauce recipes here.

Oozing pie filled with camembert

9. Whisky & nut baked camembert

A grown-up twist on baked camembert, this variation includes whisky, maple syrup and nuts. If you can't get enough of the smoky liquor, why not serve alongside our spiced clementine mulled whisky.

Baked camembert filled with whisky and nuts

10. Baked cheese bread flower

Folded circles of pizza dough (use shop-bought to save time if you prefer) surround a melting, baked cheese to create a pretty flower effect. Your guests won't be able to resist its golden charms. Follow it up with our cheese, chive & ham tear-and-share bread.

Dough balls made into the shape of a flower with a baked camembert centrepiece

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