Baked Camembert

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Just a little dose of Valentines inspiration for this quick and easy starter or treat to share with a loved one (or indeed if they don’t like cheese aka Mr C, just to eat on your own!)

Valentines Heart Baked Camembert, and no you don’t need to go hunting for a heart shaped cheese, add a regular round Camembert to your shopping list and I’ll show you how it’s done…

You will need:

1 x Camembert cheese, either small or large.

1/2 pkt ready made puff pastry or make your own –  recipe is just here

1 egg, beaten for egg wash

Take the Camembert from the fridge and allow to stand at room temp for 20 minutes to soften just slightly.

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Preheat the oven to 200c (fan)/220c/Gas Mark 6 and line a baking tray with a nonstick liner or paper.

Unwrap the cheese.  Shape the base of the cheese gently to a point using your hands gently easing the cheese a little at a time trying not to burst the crust in a heavy handed manoeuvre!

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That’s formed the point at the base of the heart and now for the top.

Take a sharp knife and cut the v in between to two top parts of the heart.  Try to keep the outside crust edge in tact, this is difficult to describe in words so take a look at the photo.

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Once you have cut out the top part of the cheese, press the crust back against the edge of the cheese.

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Slip your heart Camembert back into the fridge whilst you prepare the pastry.

Cut the block of puff pastry in half, wrap one half well in clingfilm and store in the fridge or in the freezer for using up at a later date.

Roll out the 1/2 block of pastry on your work surface lightly dusted with flour to stop it from sticking.  You’re aiming for a rectangle shape.

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Cut in half with a sharp knife into 2 equal pieces.

Take the cheese from the fridge once again and set it centrally onto one piece of pastry.

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With the egg wash brush the sides of the cheese and the pastry all the way around.

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Lift the second piece of pastry on to the top of the cheese.  Using the sides of your hand gently ease and shape the pastry around the heart shape pressing it down firmly at the base to join the two pieces together tightly.

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Trim the pastry with a sharp knife around the cheese leaving a 1.5cm border all the way around.

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Press the seal together with a fork.  It’s important to seal the pastry really well so that the cheese can’t get out.

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Using a sharp knife, score a heart and diamond pattern  in the pastry on the top of the cheese.  You should aim to go half way through the pastry, not all the way.

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Transfer carefully to the lined baking tray, brush well with egg wash and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

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Serve right away, the scored heart can easily be cut through to reveal the molten Camembert below.  Time to get dipping!

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Baked Valentines Camembert

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Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

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10 Responses to Baked Camembert

  1. Hayley says:

    Such a great idea! My fiance loves Neufchatel which is a similar soft cheese but already in a heart shape so it will make it even easier! 🙂

  2. Mieke says:

    Evening Ruth, Can I ask: start dipping…with what? I’m not familiar with baked camembert, but is sounds (and looks) lovely. Thanks for your time! Best regards, Mieke

    • Hi Mieke, Sorry I should have said – anything you like – crackers, vegetable crudites, breadsticks, strips of cooked puff pastry – anything you would fancy dipping in melted cheese xx

  3. Karen says:

    absolutely lovely. Thank you for showing me how to make this simple yet stunning food. I will be making this on Friday for sure….xkx

  4. Lois says:

    add a layer of raspberry jam before placing the pastry on top. Delicious!!!!

  5. EmmaMT says:

    Oh my word. That looks sooooo good. I may be lying in bed reading this post right now but that doesn’t stop me wanting it right now all to myself!

  6. Ros Day says:

    HI Ruth,
    to Jazz this up abit I add caramelised onions under cheese & cranberry sauce on top (store bought ).serve with crackers.

    I also do this recipe in (stored bought) mini phillo pastry cups filled with ingredients above to go with drinks.
    love your work
    Ros from OZ

  7. Oh my how good does this look. And what a lovely treat for valentines day and only a little bit of effort, very effective.

  8. Rebecca says:

    Super cute idea 😉 My boyfriend is a huge fan of camenbert, so I really have to try this 😀
    Thanks, rebecca

  9. Lily Ward says:

    Beautiful!!! i have to try it!!!

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