Baked camembert is one of life’s true luxuries.

Dipping something cool, fresh and sweet into hot, melted cheese is easily one of my favourite things.

The combinations are endless.

Fresh figs? Sublime.

Plump, sharp grapes? Spectacular.

Pickled cornichons, dunked into the cheese, then wrapped in cool prosciutto then dunked again? Life changing. Trust me.

One little camembert and a pile of nibbles makes an elegant (and easy) starter for friends or a simple, relaxed supper for two after a busy day.

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I don’t doubt that you’ve baked camembert before, but if you haven’t invested in a cheese baker yet… well, you really need to take the plunge.

It’ll take your cheese game to the next level, and I can promise you’ll never look back!

You’ll need one for this recipe, so either treat yourself to an early Christmas pressie (I know you deserve it) or save this for another time.

You’ll need:

1 cheese baker (UK options, US option)

1 camembert

1-2 sprigs of rosemary

1-2 sprigs of thyme

1tbsp honey

A range of dipping implements (see snaps below for inspo)

Pre-heat your oven to 200C/390F. Unwrap your cheese and remove all packaging (check for any sneaky sticky labels).

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Place the cheese into the baker and score the top with a knife, taking care not to go all the way through the cheese. Ideally cut about half way down.

Poke your herbs into the cuts.

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Drizzle with honey.

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Admire your handiwork, honey.

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Pop into the oven for 20mins.

Carefully remove (this stuff is like molten lava) and serve with a few nibbly bits.

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First person to dive in should stir the cheese up a bit, so it’s easier for everyone to attack from every angle.

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Now you’re free to dunk away to your heart’s content.

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The perfect excuse to all sit around the table and chatter away and you nibble.

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It goes beautifully with your favourite bottle of plonk, guaranteed.

Of course if you’re feeling really naughty, there’s only one thing for it…

You’re just going to have to make one of these. But be sure to read the warning!

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