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Honey Baked Camembert with Bacon and Rosemary

20/04/2020 (Last Updated: 06/08/2020)
 

Ready for the perfect appetiser with friends? Baked Camembert with Honey has you covered. Just 4 ingredients and cooked in minutes, with soft melty cheese, crispy bacon and rosemary, drizzled in golden honey… this is real comfort food to the max!

Pair it with our Oysters 3 Ways for the ultimate in decadent starters.

Baked camembert on a white plate with bacon and rosemary.

Why We Love This Recipe

The fact it only takes 45 seconds to ‘bake’ in the microwave is a win for us! Then there’s all that melted cheese goodness AND it’s topped with bacon. It really doesn’t get much better. Grab a crusty loaf of bread and start scooping!

The flavours in this dish come out so complex for a recipe with only four ingredients, but it works. Get ready to impress your friends with basically a cheat’s fondue!

 

Melted and baked camembert with honey and bacon on white plate.

What is Baked Camembert with Honey? 

We were first introduced to this in France – the country where Camembert cheese first originated.

Traditionally, it is a simple wheel of camembert with the top sliced off and baked in the oven.

However – we love the result just as much from popping it in the microwave. Plus, who wants to wait for an oven to warm up when you can have it melted in under a minute!

The toppings range from region to region, and chef to chef. Although, honey and bacon seem to be the most popular.

 

What You’ll Need For This Recipe

We do love minimal ingredients, and this one only requires 4. If you don’t have bacon, feel free to replace with ham or prosciutto in a pinch, and if you don’t have rosemary you can try thyme, sage or oregano instead.

Ingredients laid out for baked camembert with honey.

 

How to make Baked Camembert with Honey:

In a pan over medium heat, add the bacon and rosemary and sautée for a few minutes until the bacon is cooked and the rosemary is fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.

Bacon and rosemary frying in a pan.

Slice off the top of the camembert. Place in the microwave oven and cook on high for 45 seconds or until the cheese has melted. Be careful not to overcook.

Slicing top off camembert.

Top with sautéed bacon and rosemary, then drizzle with honey.

Drizzling honey over baked camembert.

Serve immediately with slices of your favourite crusty bread or dig straight in with a spoon!

 

Cook’s Tips

  • You can reheat the camembert, we did right after we finished shooting the photos and no problem over here.
  • We think microwaving is way easier than the oven, but you can still bake it in the oven if you prefer. If you do, why not pop in some slices of garlic bread to toast at the same time?
  • If you don’t want to waste the ‘lid’ of the cheese – you can slice up and pop on some bread while you wait, or dip a piece into the melted camembert for a double cheese delight.

FAQs

Can I use the oven instead of the microwave?

Of course, if you prefer to bake the camembert more traditionally, pop the oven on to 180°C / 350°F and bake for 15 minutes or until you notice it starting to soften and melt.

Do I have to use camembert or can I bake another soft cheese?

Brie is another common soft cheese used to bake if you don’t have camembert on hand. Being lighter in flavour, it goes very well with the honey. You can leave out the bacon if you prefer to lower the saltiness and keep the flavours light.

Why has my camembert curdled?

If you have the heat too high (usually with an oven) or you cook it for too long, the camembert can curdle. To try and avoid this, keep your eye on the cheese, and if you’re worried, pull it out and check it half way through the cooking process.

What to serve with baked camembert?

We LOVE eating this with sliced pieces of fresh crusty bread. You can also just use crackers or even slices of carrot and cucumber for a healthier accompaniment.

Variations & Substitutes

  • Swap out the honey for any other sweet syrup such as maple or golden syrup.
  • For a sweeter topping, omit the bacon and rosemary and top with berries, jam or chutney.
  • To add some crunch, why not add some crushed walnuts to the mix!

Looking for more French inspiration, here’s some more we discovered on our travels:

 

★ Did you make this recipe? Please leave a star rating below!

 
Melted cheesing oozing out of baked camembert.

Baked Camembert with Honey

Need the perfect appetiser for friends? Baked Camembert with Honey has you covered. Just 4 ingredients and cooked in minutes, it's like cheat's fondue.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: French
Servings: 1 baked camembert
Calories: 1124kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $7

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and rosemary and sautée for a few minutes until the bacon is cooked and the rosemary is fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Slice the top off the camembert. Place in the microwave oven and cook on high for 45 seconds until the cheese has melted. Be careful not to overcook.
  • Transfer cheese to a serving plate. Top with sautéed bacon and rosemary, then drizzle with honey.
  • Serve immediately with slices of your favourite crusty bread.

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Recipe Notes

Cook's Tips
  • You can reheat the camembert, we did right after we finished shooting the photos and no problem over here.
  • We think microwaving is way easier than the oven, but you can still bake it in the oven if you prefer. If you do, why not pop in some slices of garlic bread to toast at the same time?
  • If you don't want to waste the 'lid' of the cheese - you can slice up and pop on some bread while you wait, or dip a piece into the melted camembert for a double cheese delight.
FAQs
  • Can I use the oven instead of the microwave? Of course, if you prefer to bake the camembert more traditionally, pop the oven on to 180°C / 350°F and bake for 15 minutes or until you notice it starting to soften and melt.
  • Do I have to use camembert or can I bake another soft cheese? Brie is another common soft cheese used to bake if you don't have camembert on hand. Being lighter in flavour, it goes very well with the honey. You can leave out the bacon if you prefer to lower the saltiness and keep the flavours light.
  • Why has my camembert curdled? If you have the heat too high (usually with an oven) or you cook it for too long, the camembert can curdle. To try and avoid this, keep your eye on the cheese, and if you're worried, pull it out and check it half way through the cooking process.
  • What to serve with baked camembert? We LOVE eating this with sliced pieces of fresh crusty bread. You can also just use crackers or even slices of carrot and cucumber for a healthier accompaniment.
Variations & Substitutes
  • Swap out the honey for any other sweet syrup such as maple or golden syrup.
  • For a sweeter topping, omit the bacon and rosemary and top with berries, jam or chutney.
  • To add some crunch, why not add some crushed walnuts to the mix!

Nutrition

Calories: 1124kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 95g | Saturated Fat: 48g | Cholesterol: 229mg | Sodium: 2566mg | Potassium: 621mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1928IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 908mg | Iron: 2mg
Hey hey – Did you make this recipe?We’d love it if you could give a star rating below ★★★★★ and show us your creations on Instagram! Snap a pic and tag @wandercooks / #Wandercooks

24 Comments

  • Reply
    Pam
    21/04/2020 at 11:18 pm

    5 stars
    Looks great! I’ve never thought about sauteeing rosemary along with bacon. What an awesome idea!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/04/2020 at 9:59 am

      It really brings out the aroma of the herb, especially simmering in the bacon fat!

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    21/04/2020 at 10:45 pm

    5 stars
    I love your combination and I love the presentation too. Picture perfect. I am drooling. This is delicious.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/04/2020 at 9:59 am

      Aww, thank you Veena!

  • Reply
    Anna
    21/04/2020 at 10:30 pm

    5 stars
    Just looking at these photos makes my mouth water! Baked cheese is one of my guilty pleasures, and your version of this baked Camembert looks utterly delicious! Love the added crispy bacon on top!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/04/2020 at 10:00 am

      Yes! The saltiness from the bacon goes so well with the soft flavour of the cheese.

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    21/04/2020 at 10:20 pm

    5 stars
    love your method to fake bake it in the microwave! I’m up for anything to save time, and this is brilliant!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/04/2020 at 10:00 am

      Haha – Any way to save time in the kitchen and that melty cheese in front of me!

  • Reply
    Nart | Cooking with Nart
    21/04/2020 at 4:47 pm

    5 stars
    This looks absolutely divine! Gotta get me some camembert so I can make this!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      21/04/2020 at 8:38 pm

      Haha cheers Nart, definitely get your hands on some – you won’t regret! 😀

  • Reply
    Martin @ The Why Chef
    26/12/2016 at 7:36 am

    5 stars
    Christmas Day check-in! Just made three of these for supper with all the family. I’m a hero right now! 😀

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      26/12/2016 at 9:55 am

      Woohoo go Martin! Merry Christmas to you, Emma and family! ????????

  • Reply
    Mark, Compass & Fork
    06/04/2016 at 10:59 pm

    5 stars
    Great idea on the baked camembert. The combination of honey, bacon and rosemary with the cheese sounds sublime.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      07/04/2016 at 10:24 am

      Thanks Mark, it’s totally addictive too. (Sorry-not-sorry!) 😀

  • Reply
    jayne
    06/04/2016 at 9:59 pm

    This looks all kind of amazing! don’t think there would be any left of this in my house

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      07/04/2016 at 10:23 am

      Not gonna lie Jayne, the camera may eat first for us food bloggers but this Camembert didn’t last 3 minutes after the shoot!

  • Reply
    MyCookingSecrets.com | Krystallia Giamouridou
    06/04/2016 at 9:19 pm

    There is nothing better than a good baked camembert cheese! Love cheese and I would go for the thyme, sage version you suggested above. THanks for sharing this recipe.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      07/04/2016 at 10:20 am

      Good idea Krystallia – love how versatile this snack can be depending on your favourite flavour combo. Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    06/04/2016 at 8:26 pm

    5 stars
    Those are lovely flavors! Anything rosemary!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/04/2016 at 9:03 pm

      Totally! Rosemary is amazing – especially with lamb too 😀

  • Reply
    Sylvie
    06/04/2016 at 6:00 pm

    There’s nothing better than warm Camembert!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      06/04/2016 at 7:37 pm

      Agreed Sylvie! What do you pop on yours? Or do you like it just plain and creamy?? 😀

  • Reply
    Martin @ The Why Chef
    19/01/2016 at 2:06 pm

    5 stars
    I was just talking to the wife how some bloggers clearly have exactly the same tastes as I do, then BAM this lands in my inbox about 2 minutes later! She actually said ‘God yes!’ out loud when I showed her it! Love it.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      20/01/2016 at 7:45 pm

      Hahahahaha! Love the reaction. Hope you both enjoy, I tell you…it didn’t last 5 minutes after that photoshoot 😛

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