Spoiling yourself doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. Baked Camembert is a student’s quick, cheap, and easy luxury when the deadlines pile up and your bank account looks dangerously low. Although traditional Camembert is gooey goodness, variations of the fondue-like cheese are perfect for different occasions. Whether it is brunch, date-night, or night-in with friends Camembert is a jack of all trades and promises to be a hit with all cheese lovers.
First, let’s discuss how to bake the cheese with directions that will apply to all recipes below. To start, preheat your oven to 180°C. Remove the Camembert from its packaging, place it on top of a baking tray, and pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes. Camembert goes great with crusty bread, so pick up a baguette and dip away.
Brunch is normally filled with items like mimosas and muffins, and one may not typically think of adding melted cheese to the mix. However, baked Camembert with Raspberries and Honey is brunch’s lost love. For this dish, you will need 60 ml of honey, 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, a handful of raspberries and handful of finely chopped nuts of your choice. Typically, nuts such as pecans and walnuts go well with this version. While your Camembert is sitting happily in your oven, start off by combining the balsamic vinegar and honey into a saucepan and heat until the two are warmed thoroughly. After removing the cheese from the oven, place the raspberries in a bundle at the center, and drizzle all the honey over it. Finish the look by delicately sprinkling the nuts on top. The final product should be more than social media worthy and will make all your followers jealous of your creation.
Date-night is essential in keeping the love alive, and cheese although not normally thought of as the sexiest food item contains high levels of phenethylamine – a hormone acting as an aphrodisiac. Dazzle your significant other with baked Camembert with honey and thyme. All you need is a spring of thyme and a 60 ml of honey. To start, cut the very top rind of the Camembert off and set it aside. Pull apart your sprig of thyme and sprinkle it inside the camembert, and place the top back on. Next throw the camembert into the oven, and remove when ready. Pour the honey on top and serve with red wine to set the mood.
One of my favorite variations of baked Camembert is when combined with rosemary and garlic. Another two-ingredient Camembert, this version is great for a night-in with good friends who won’t judge the garlic in your breath. For this you will need one sprig of rosemary and two cloves of garlic. Before putting the Camembert in the oven, leave it on the counter for about 5 minutes to let the cheese soften. While waiting are doing this chop the garlic into pieces. When the Camembert is soft enough, push the slices of garlic into the top and place them evenly apart until you are satisfied. Once this is done, pull parts of rosemary sprig apart and push them into the same holes the garlic slices are in, and voila, you are done!
There you have it, three different and simple baked Camembert versions to knock the socks off whoever is enjoying your divine melted creation. The only problem you’ll have when making baked Camembert at the end of the night, is that you would have wished you didn’t have to share.