Honey Baked Camembert is an effortlessly impressive appetizer that doesn't take long to prepare! With the addition of pops of colour and texture, you can't go wrong with this party starter. Camembert with honey is a delightful pairing with the sweet sticky honey complimenting the savory cheese.
🤍 Recipe Highlights
I have summarised everything that you will come to know and love (LOVE ❤) about the recipe in the points below:
- Super quick!
- Super easy!
- Easy ingredients: whilst they may not be everyday ingredients, they are indeed easy to get your hands on. Cheese, honey, strawberries, nuts and rosemary, it is really that simple! (😘😍🥰).
- Fuss free and straight forward: whilst this recipe might look impressive (melting cheese always does right?), it is really very simple to bring it together!
- Party starter: the festive season is almost upon us and you need plenty of options to entertain. That, however, doesn't mean things need to take a lot of time and effort. Cut the labour and hard work out and give yourself a speedy fabulous appetizer that will kick off any party!
- 15 mins: if you have 15 minutes you have the time needed to make the recipe (😉).
- Taste and texture: the layering of ingredients is done to create textures that both contrast and compliment each other at the same time.
- Versatile: crackers are usually my go to when making baked camembert or brie, simply because all you need to do is open the packet and throw them on the plate. You can do the same or toast a baguette and use that as you please.
- If in doubt, read the top 2 points I make again 🤣🥰.
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card for specific ingredient measurements and detailed instructions.
As you can see, the recipe calls for:
- Camembert cheese: this will be reasonably easy to find at the local shops and even more so throughout the festive season. The cheese comes in a wheel (round and flat) and you will see a variety of sizes. Everywhere from Walmart to Safeway, Tesco, Aldi, Coles and Woolies will sell it. The biggest difference across supermarkets is that there will be a range of sizes.
- Honey: you don't have to use a premium brand of this. A standard squeezy bottle will be fine! It is such a smooth, thick, sweet ingredient that will it will make any recipe shine 😁😁.
- Slivered almonds: we add these to the top of the cheese for decoration. They add taste and texture as well and balance out the softness of both the camembert and strawberries.
- Strawberries: these add the perfect touch to the recipe. They add pops of colour, are easy (almost always) to get your hands on and can be super budget friendly when on special ❤. For this recipe I recommend fresh strawberries, not frozen.
- Rosemary: optional, but a couple of leaves of this add further colour and contrast. If you grow it, snip a bit and pull the leaves of, it is too easy. You can also use another herb such as thyme if you wish.
Here are the step by step instructions to make the recipe. We start by grabbing the camembert out of the fridge and removing the packaging.
- Bake camembert (Photo 1)
- Top with honey (Photo 2)
- Then top with slivered almonds (Photo 3)
- Add strawberries and rosemary (Photo 4)
👩🍳 How to Make Honey Baked Camembert
To make the honey baked camembert, remove the cheese from the fridge and turn the oven on to preheat. Open the packaging (can discard) and place in the cheese in a centre of a lined baking tray.
The cheese needs to be placed into the oven for at least 10 minutes to cook. You can test that it is ready by gently pressing down on the centre of the rind with a finger tip. If the cheese gets pushed down without too much resistance, it is ready. If it still feels firm and resists your push, then allow it to bake for a couple more minutes.
- Place crackers around the sides of the cheese for serving (Photo 5).
🍽 Serving Suggestions
To serve the cheese, you have plenty options. Crackers are a popular choice that is also budget friendly. Crostini, toast points, rye crackers or your favourite baguette lightly sprayed with cooking oil then toasted to perfection are all great serving suggestions.
A cheese knife comes in handy also as it can get a little messy with the cheese as it flows out of the rind and this will help scoop and spread it!
👍 How to Guide
How to Store
Leftovers can be stored in a sealed, air tight container for up to 2 days.
How to Freeze
It is not recommended to freeze the cheese as this can lead to mixed results.
How to Reheat
If you want to reheat leftovers, place them on a plate and into the microwave for 1 minute. It is not recommended to reheat the cheese more than once.
💡 Tasty Tips
Here are my top tips and tricks to share with you so you can master the recipe from the get go:
- There is not a lot that can go wrong with this baked cheese recipe, so don't stress in advance 😉😁.
- A cheese knife is handy for scooping the camembert onto the crackers.
- Your favourite crackers are fine. I am using round firm crackers, but if you want to use mixed seed or similar rye crackers, go for it!
- Make and serve straight away, don't try and put it together hours in advance.
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
Can you bake Camembert in the box it comes in?
You can bake Camembert in the box that it comes in. Or you can remove it and place it on a lined baking tray. You can also use a wheel of cheese that doesn't come in a box, but is wrapped in paper. This packaging can be discarded.
Do you cut the top off Camembert before cooking?
It is not necessary to cut the top off Camembert before cooking. Keeping it on ensures that you can press down on it gently to determine if the cheese has been cooked enough to be melted and ready for serving.
What goes with baked Camembert?
Enjoy the baked Camembert with robust crackers, honey, strawberries, nuts, fresh herbs, crostini or toast points. Savory options are fried bacon, garlic, prosciutto or other varieties of nuts.
Can you eat the skin of a baked Camembert?
Yes, the skin of baked Camembert is edible and fine to consume along with the yellow cheese itself.
😍 More Easy Cheese Recipes
Ooey gooey and seriously delicious always, cheese is such a great ingredient to use as an appetizer or addition to many recipes! Here are some more ideas that I have a feeling you will love ❤😉:
- Honey Walnut Cream Cheese
- Pistachio Spread
- Christmas Dip
- Funfetti Dip
- Corn Dip with Cream Cheese
- Gherkin Dip
- Corn Relish Dip
- Cream Cheese Spinach Dip
You can also find all of my dips and spreads recipes in the one spot for your perusal. It is time to say cheese my friend!! 😂👍
Honey Baked Camembert
- 1 Flat Baking Tray
- 1 Baking paper/Parchment paper or silicon baking mat
- 2 Oven Mits
- 1 Silicon flexible turner
- 1 Serving platter
- 1 Teaspoon
- 200 gram/8 oz wheel camembert cheese Note 1
- ⅓ cup honey Note 2
- 3 strawberries tops trimmed, chopped into small pieces
- 3 tablespoon slivered almonds
- crackers to serve
- Preheat your oven to 180°C / 350-375°F / Gas Mark 4-5.
- Camembert: remove cheese from fridge, open and discard packaging and place in the centre of a lined baking tray.
- Oven bake: place baking tray into the oven (middle rack) and allow to bake for 10 mins. Then use 2 oven mits to remove baking tray from the oven, rest on a heat proof surface and slide a silicon flat turner under the cheese so you can transfer it to a serving platter.
- Top with honey: pour the honey over the top of the camembert, use the back of a teaspoon to spread it out into a layer.
- Add additional toppings: top the honey layer with the chopped strawberries, followed by slivered almonds. Then sprinkle the rosemary leaves on top.
- Serve and enjoy: provide crackers and a cheese knife for serving.
- Note 1 - Camembert: there will be a slight variation of sizes across supermarkets. That range is from about 200 grams (8 ounces) to 1 kg (2.2 pounds). For larger wheels, you will need more of the topping quantities, but for most similar size wheels, the quantities specified will be fine.
- Note 2 - Honey: use a teaspoon (flipped over) to help spread this out on top of the camembert. Don't worry if some of the honey flows down the sides of it, that is all part of the fun!