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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.65 / 5 (1130 votes)

Prep time:
5 min
Cook time:
10 min

James Martin's simple way of serving this classic French cheese makes a rich and delicious starter

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1. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.

2. Unwrap the cheese and carefully slice the rind off the top of the cheese. Return the cheese to its box, cut-side up, and place the box on a baking sheet.

3. Season the camembert with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Sprinkle over the thyme leaves and drizzle with olive oil.

4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is browned on top and melted inside. Allow to cool slightly, then serve with bread such as ciabatta or baguettes.

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Simple, but SO good!!!! Is also very good with very thinly sliced apple on the top for last couple of minutes

timB71351 timB71351  Posted 01 Feb 2013 9:02 PM

This dish is simply delicious as a starter, we serve it up with thin Melba Toasts and Carmelised Onion Chutney or Cumberland Sauce...

Sirenrising Sirenrising  Posted 18 Sep 2012 4:44 PM

Great dish, its worth spending a little extra on the best cheese and I added some chives and a tiny bit of chopped garlic. Also worth a mention is that some boxes come apart in the oven so wrap some foil around the edge of the wood to hold it together. Experiment, eat, enjoy!

MM13654 MM13654  Posted 06 Jul 2012 9:05 PM

catC7144 it serves 2, (says so above) this is a lovely starter to share with another person. So depending on how many people who are at your dinner party, you can work it out by that. It wouldn't obviously be possible to divide it into individual portions as its melted cheese. Just get baking, put the pot/s on the table, rip up that bread and get sharing and dunking, chatting oh and a nice vino. yummy.

Joobes Joobes Posted 13 Dec 2011 10:09 AM

This was really good. Took about 15 mins to become gooey enough.I served with chunks of bread, chunky cut raw carrot and red peppers and dressed the plate with fresh watercress which looked colourful - need plenty of bread.

JudithM8165 JudithM8165 Posted 18 Sep 2011 2:46 PM

This is lovely, but make sure that the camembert is made with un pasturised milk otherwise it doesnt go gooey.
catc7144 Not quite sure what the problem is my wife and I share a cheese as a snack

EricA73589 EricA73589 Posted 27 May 2011 4:17 PM

and you know..like how many people does this serve, how does one divide it..is it possible to provide individual portions..come on this is the oh so simple who cares if it works for a dinner party attitude!!!
Apply it to real life please!!

catC7144 catC7144 Posted 15 Mar 2011 4:41 AM

sorry got rating messed up!! should be five stars!!

davidB76518 davidB76518 Posted 05 Feb 2011 11:00 AM

This is so delicious. I brushed mine with home made garlic & parsley butter before the other ingredients, and baked some fresh sliced bread with same coverings for dipping, wow! .

davidB76518 davidB76518 Posted 05 Feb 2011 10:56 AM

Superb! KarenW28262 - you have left 2 very positive comments - so why have you only given the dish one star????

Jodes229 Jodes229 Posted 30 Dec 2010 4:39 PM

Wow, so easy and simple, had guests in and allowed them to spoon the camembert over thier pasta. Yum Yum

natty2b natty2b Posted 17 Nov 2010 3:48 PM

I have just had a variant on this for my lunch and loved it! I just cut a cross in the top of the rind rather than slicing it all off, and covered the top in crushed garlic, thyme and oil. Delicious!

christyM christyM Posted 13 Oct 2010 2:44 PM

My absoloute fav!!!!!! Dont bother with the herbs or cutting the rind off though, when it bubbles, its good to go!!!!! Although adding a splash of wine could be interesting :-))))))

juicyjules1 juicyjules1 Posted 26 Aug 2010 9:07 AM

I don't bother cutting the rind off the top... I push finely sliced garlic into the top of the cheese and a drop of white wine and it is to die for, very cheap , easy and fab to share!!

karenW28262 karenW28262 Posted 07 Aug 2010 7:36 PM

Lovely Jubbly - Adding a drop of White wine at the same time as the herbs is also very nice..

chiliclub chiliclub Posted 19 Apr 2010 2:51 PM

Very Easy, Very Tasty, Very Nice.

tracymidd tracymidd Posted 25 Mar 2010 9:46 PM


happyrabbit happyrabbit Posted 13 Mar 2010 3:48 PM

This is delicious, try served as a type of tapas with roasted garlic, warm olives and sundried tomatoes for dipping with your granary bread! Yummmm....

PaulineC83807 PaulineC83807 Posted 25 Jul 2009 5:10 PM

lovely dish as a variation fresh basil is nice as the herb
Easy but delicious

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 24 Jun 2009 8:45 PM

this is fantastic.. if you slice garlic and push the slices into the cheese top put the lid back on and bake as above serve with huge chunks of french bread to dip...Yummy!!

karenW28262 karenW28262 Posted 01 Jun 2009 9:15 AM

Really excellent and very easy to do.
Also replace herbs with one or two garlic cloves, gives a great flavour (if you like garlic!)
There are some smaller sized English Camembert's available which work well.

Bee31 Bee31 Posted 16 May 2008 4:44 PM