If you’re looking for an incredible appetizer that looks great and tastes high-class then look no further than this baked camembert recipe. It’s baked with figs, honey, garlic, and thyme for a fabulous flavor in every bite.
Baked camembert with honey and figs sounds fancy and to some it is, but making this dish is about as easy as it gets. It only takes about 5 minutes of prep work and roughly 15 minutes in the oven to get this cheesy fig and camembert appetizer ready to serve.
This means you can have it prepped and ready to go in about 20 minutes. Perfect for when you’re entertaining guests and wanting to spend more time enjoying the company instead of spending it standing in a hot kitchen.
What is Baked Camembert With Figs?
Camembert is a type of cheese that is bought in wheel form, meaning that it is still round. It has a thick outer skin and when sliced and baked, the inside cheese comes out all gooey, melty, and deliciously rich in taste. Serving it up with honey and figs helps to add a little natural sweetness that pairs well with the rich salty cheese inside.
Ingredients you’ll need for Baked Camembert:
- Camembert wheel
- Garlic cloves
- Fresh thyme
- Crackers or bread — to serve with
For the exact measurements needed, please see the recipe card below.
How to Make Baked Camembert With Figs
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Unwrap your camembert cheese and remove the plastic packaging, pace the cheese back into its box.
Use a sharp knife to score the top of the cheese by making 5 incisions or lines across the top that go both ways so that it gives a small squares pattern.
Poke the sliced garlic cloves into the cuts you have made and drizzle the top of the cheese with a little honey.
Scatter your fresh thyme leaves over the top.
Prepare the figs by making 2 cuts into the top of each fig going lengthwise and widthways but be careful not to cut too far down or else the figs will lose their shape while baking. Drizzle a little honey over them.
Wrap the camembert in tin foil and place it into a baking dish.
Place the figs next to the camembert and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
Once baked the cheese will be oozing and very runny. Carefully unwrap the cheese and place the baked figs on top.
Serve immediately using crackers or fresh bread to dip into the baked camembert.
- You do not need to buy the more expensive unpasteurized camembert. You can bake any camembert, even the pasteurized one and it will not curdle. If your camembert comes without a box you can wrap it in baking paper and then tin foil to bake it.
- The camembert will melt during baking so when you put the figs on top they will gradually sink if left too long before serving. To avoid this, I suggest serving immediately.
Can you eat a baking camembert without baking it?
Yes, while most people enjoy their camembert to be warmed up and runny, it is still edible to consume without cooking. The textures and experiences are vastly different from enjoying the warm melty cheese though.
Can you eat Camembert skin?
The rind of the cheese is what you slice through to help expose the inside cheese to more direct heat. The skin/rind is perfectly safe to eat and is natural but make sure that you aren’t confusing it for any plastic packaging because you definitely do not want to eat any plastic product packaging.
What can you dip in melted Camembert?
Baked camembert goes great with so many different options including a wide variety of different types of bread like baguette, ciabatta, or French bread. It also pairs great when served alongside fresh fruits like grapes and sliced apples. Other options include jams, preserves, and crackers.
Check out these other tasty cheese appetizer recipes:
- Goat Cheese Appetizer: Goat Cheese & Honey Bruschetta
- White Cheddar Pimento Cheese Recipe
- Hot Melty Broccoli Cheese Dip
- Fig and Walnut Baked Brie Appetizer
- Garlic Bread Cheese Dip
- Hot Bacon and Pimento Cheese Dip
- 1 wheel camembert
- 1/2 clove garlic, sliced thinly
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 2 tablespoons honey, plus extra for drizzling
- 2 figs
- Crackers or bread, to serve
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF
- Unwrap the camembert and remove the plastic packaging. Put the camembert back into its box.
- Use a sharp knife to score the top of the camembert. Make 5 small incisions going both ways across the top of the camembert. You will be left with a pattern of small squares.
- Poke the sliced garlic into the incisions you made in the top of the camembert, drizzle over the honey and scatter over the thyme leaves.
- To prepare the figs, make two cuts in the top of each fig going lengthways and widthways.
- Take care not to cut too far down or the figs will lose their shape during baking. Drizzle over a little honey.
- Wrap the camembert in tin foil and place it into an ovenproof dish. Put the figs next to the camembert. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Once baked, the cheese will be oozing and very runny. Unwrap it carefully and place the baked figs on top.
- Serve immediately using crackers or fresh bread to dip into the camembert.
Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 390Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 20mgSodium 413mgCarbohydrates 72gFiber 4gSugar 53gProtein 10g