Honey Baked Camembert with Pecans
This honey baked camembert has pecans, rosemary, and flaky salt for a five ingredient appetizer that comes together in minutes. And it’s a huge crowd-pleaser – everyone loves melty cheese. Keep this one in your back pocket for dinner parties, holidays, and last-minute get-togethers!
If ever we’re at a party together and you can’t find me, I can almost 100% guarantee that I’m near the appetizers. With a glass of wine and smudged lipstick, probably.
I am a firm and true believer in the sanctity of appetizers. Especially those that are primarily made up of cheese and also takes less than 10 minutes of hands-on work. Like lemony marinated mozzarella balls or cranberry orange cheese balls, for example.
But every once in a while, you need a cozy hot appetizer and that is where this camembert comes in! It’s quick, it’s simple, and it lights up the room. I mean, who in their right mind doesn’t get excited about melty cheese?
Why you’ll love this appetizer
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you want an appetizer to get eaten up in about 5 minutes, make sure it’s some version of melted cheese. I originally started making a version of this recipe way back in culinary school. Baked Camembert was one of our go-tos for events, and it’s never done me wrong ever since.
- This recipe has just a handful of ingredients. Literally. Five ingredients.
- It comes together in minutes. Super quick, super simple.
- The topping is sweet, salty, crunchy, and herbal thanks to a pop of fresh rosemary.
- This is one of my most popular recipes at dinner parties and holidays!
- Camembert – this is a soft cheese that usually comes as a whole wheel in a wood box. Camembert is a soft, bloomy rind cheese with a buttery, earthy flavor.
- Pecans – halved pecans will add a bit of crunch and a lovely buttery flavor to complement the camembert.
- Honey – look for high-quality honey for this recipe. It makes such a big difference!
- Rosemary – the rosemary tastes amazing with the honey and pecans. Make sure to use fresh rosemary for the best flavor!
- Flaky salt – a touch of flaky salt will offset the sweetness of the honey.
- Cheese – brie is a great sub for Camembert! Any brie will work.
- Nuts – try walnuts, almonds, or even pistachios.
- Honey – maple syrup would be delicious too.
- Herbs – try thyme, parsley, sage, or a mix of herbs.
- Spicy – add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the honey.
- Garlicky – you can also add 1-2 small minced garlic cloves.
How to make this recipe
- Start by placing the camembert in a baking dish. Bake it just until it’s warm and melty.
- Meanwhile, toast the pecans in a skillet until they’re lightly browned.
- Then, drizzle the honey over the toasted pecans.
- Sprinkle the chopped rosemary over the pecan-honey mixture.
- Simmer the pecan mixture for about 1-2 minutes.
- Then, spoon the honey pecans over the warmed camembert. Enjoy with crackers and fruit!
If you want less rind, or want the cheese to be a bit more dip-able like fondue, you can cut the top of the rind off of the Camembert before baking it. Just don’t cut off the rind on the sides or it will completely melt apart!
This camembert is lovely on a charcuterie board or just on its own with a few sides. Here are some of my go-tos:
- Store-bought or homemade fruit & nut crisps
- Grain, sesame, or water crackers
- Crusty bread or crostini
- Grapes – green or red
- Sliced pears or apples
- Dried fruit or mixed nuts
- Fig or apricot jam
Storing & reheating
To store leftovers, place the Camembert in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. This app is usually best fresh but still tastes great as leftovers!
When you’re ready to reheat the Camembert, place it on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave the cheese for 30-60 seconds until it’s nice and melty in the center. Or, place the Camembert in a small baking dish and reheat at 350°F for 10-15 minutes. Tent the top with tinfoil if the pecans start to get too toasty!
To make this camembert in advance, you have a couple of options!
- The first is to prep the honey-pecan mixture and refrigerate it for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to serve, bake the Camembert. Then, microwave the honey-pecan mixture until hot, about 30 seconds, and drizzle it over the Camembert.
- You can also make the Camembert about 30-60 minutes before serving. As guests arrive, pop the cheese in the microwave for 1-1 1/2 minutes to re-warm. Enjoy!
What’s cheese without wine? Make sure to pick up a bottle or two to enjoy with this camembert! Here are some of my favorite wines to go along with this app.
- Pinot Noir
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Chenin Blanc
- Pinot Grigio
If you’re not a wine fan, this camembert is also delicious with a dry cider. Or, if you’re more of a beer person, try a saison or a fruity sour. So good!
- Small baking dish
- 12-inch skillet
- Cheese knife
Tips & tricks
- Make sure to use a decent camembert! You don’t need anything too expensive since we’re topping it with honey and pecans. But you also don’t want anything low-quality or it could affect the overall taste.
- Don’t over-bake the camembert or it could curdle. You want to cook it just until the center is nice and melty!
- You can also bake the cheese in the wood box it comes in! I usually bake it in a separate dish for easy cutting, but either way works.
- Feel free to score the top of the rind or cut it off. This can help the honey soak into the cheese. But I usually just let the honey drizzle over the sides of the camembert instead and it tastes just as good!
What does camembert taste like?
The taste of camembert will totally depend on the brand you buy, how it was made, and how long it has been aged. Most American-made camemberts I’ve tried are buttery and nutty with just a bit of funk.
If you like a stronger cheese, I would definitely recommend stopping by a cheese shop to pick up legit French camembert! You can find versions with flavors that are more mushroomy, earthy, and pungent.
Is brie or camembert better for baking?
Brie and camembert are fairly similar cheeses and both bake really well! They are both soft with bloomy rinds and creamy centers. Ultimately, it all comes down to which you prefer! Brie is milder with a buttery, sweet flavor. Camembert, on the other hand, is a bit stronger than brie and has flavors that range from buttery and nutty to earthy and vegetal.
Why is some camembert not recommended for baking?
Some people claim that pasteurized camembert isn’t suitable for baking and will end up curdled instead of smooth. But in my recipe testing, I didn’t have any issues! If you want to play it safe, I would recommend picking up a nicer camembert from a cheese shop to ensure it comes out perfectly melty.
Is the rind edible?
Yep! Just like brie, the rind is edible. If you prefer less rind, feel free to cut the top rind off before baking. Don’t cut off the sides of the rind though. That’s what holds the center of the cheese together!
Can I freeze camembert?
I definitely would not recommend freezing this appetizer or camembert cheese in general. Since camembert is soft, fatty, and has a higher water content, it will definitely affect the overall texture of the cheese when it’s defrosted.
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Honey Baked Camembert with Pecans
- 8 ounces camembert cheese (226 grams / 1 wheel)
- 1/2 cup pecan halves (60 grams)
- 1/3 cup honey (113 grams)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced fresh rosemary
- Flaky salt, for serving
- Crackers, fruit, and/or bread, for serving
- Small baking dish
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Remove the wheel of camembert from the box and discard any wrappings. Place the camembert in a small baking dish (or back in the bottom of the box it came in). Bake the camembert for 15-20 minutes, just until it's warmed through and melty in the center.
- Meanwhile, pour the pecans into a skillet. Toast over medium heat until they're lightly browned and fragrant, about 4-5 minutes.
- Once the pecans are toasted, add the honey and rosemary. Bring it to a simmer for 1-2 minutes, stirring often, until the pecans are glazed.
- Spoon the glazed pecans and any leftover honey over the warm camembert. Sprinkle with flaky salt, to taste. Serve with crackers, fresh fruit, and/or bread. Enjoy!
xo Sara Lynn
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