Baked camembert is the easiest party food piece that requires zero effort but is always everyone's favourite. And I like to elevate it even further by serving my baked camembert with honey, cranberries and pecans! Baked Camembert, honey, cranberries and pecans is the dream combo and an essential addition to your Christmas party buffet (or any party to be fair) and it is just so simple to make. The gooey creamy cheese with the sweet honey, crunchy nuts and slightly tart dried cranberries all piled onto a piece of bread, need I go on??
Making baked camembert is simple, you buy cheese...bake cheese...and then dip things in cheese. But there are some little things you can do to elevate it into a real showstopper and make it stand out from the crowd. Pairing the pecans with so here is my full recipe for baked camembert.
Looking for Christmas party food ideas? Look no further. Baked camembert has always been a popular party food and
To serve, you can create a board of various 'cheese vehicles' as I like to call them. The obvious one is bread, warmed gently in the oven. But raw vegetable crudités like carrot, celery, broccoli, red pepper and grapes are also delicious and give people a healthier/gluten-free option.
- Dried cranberries
See the recipe card for quantities.
To bake the cheese, heat an oven to 325F / 160C. Using a sharp knife, score the top of the cheese in a criss-cross pattern and scatter some herbs over the top (I like thyme best). Pop it in for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the pecans. Melt butter in a skillet and drizzle over some honey to melt together before tossing in the nuts and stirring through. Then transfer to an oven tray, sprinkle over a little salt and bake them in the oven for a few minutes to crisp up, but watch carefully so that they don't burn.
Hint: Don't have the oven too hot, you want the cheese to melt slowly and not end up boiling
Here are a few ways you can change this dish up
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes instead of thyme to give this dish a kick
- Nuts - You could make this with walnuts instead of pecans if you prefer them
- Health(ier)(ish) - serve with raw vegetable crudites
Simply a couple of oven trays are all you need
Always store cheese in the fridge. If you don't finish this first time around (unlikely, but still) you can keep and reheat another time. But I doubt you'll run into this problem. The nuts and cranberries will keep for a few days in an airtight container.
These ingredients don't stand up well to freezing.
Baked camembert with honey, pecans and cranberries
- Oven tray
- 1 camembert
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 100 grams pecans
- 75 grams dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Heat an oven to 160 C / 325 F. Using a sharp knife, score the top of the camembert in a criss-cross pattern and scatter the thyme over the top. Bake for 20 minutes.
- To make the pecans, heat the butter in a skillet, toss in the pecans and then drizzle over the honey. Once the pecans are coated, transfer them to an oven tray and bake on the shelf below the cheese for 5 minutes, being careful that they do not burn.
- Serve the camembert on a wooden board with the pecans and dried cranberries.
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- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove