Baked Camembert with Caramel and Pecans is the perfect weapon in your arsenal of easy appetizer recipes. Only 3 ingredients, impressive and delicious!
Baked Camembert with Caramel and Pecans
I have been making baked Brie recipes for almost 20 years. Most often, the cheese wrapped in puff pastry with apples or jam, but sometimes topped with brown sugar, nuts and cognac and broiled. It’s often difficult to find small rounds of Brie, or baby Brie, in the market, so for this baked cheese appetizer, I bought a wheel of Camembert instead.
Camembert is also a French cheese with a bloomy rind like brie, but it hails from Normandy versus the Parisian origin of Brie. I took the easy route with this hot appetizer, which I made for both a cookie and an ornament exchange, baking it till soft, then topping it with a premium brand of caramel sauce and toasted pecans.
Do I love this baked Camembert with caramel and pecans as much as brie? As a matter of fact, I do!
Tips for Making Baked Cheese Appetizers
Depending on what variety of cheese you are baking, the cooking time is a bit different for baked cheese appetizers.
- Baked Camembert
The first time around I popped the Camembert in the oven for 15 minutes. At the 10 minute mark, the rind was still holding in all the cheese as it warmed and softened. By 15 minutes, the shell had burst and molten cheese filled the bottom of my pie plate.
I was grateful I had lined it with parchment, so I let it cool, then transferred it to a serving platter and added the toppings.
- Baked Brie
The second time, I used Brie, pulling it out of the oven at the 12 minute mark, so I wouldn’t waste a single bit of cheese.
No worries if your baked cheese springs a leak. Your guests will be happy to scoop up any of the excess Camembert or Brie or you can save it for some quality control sampling in the kitchen. This baked Camembert recipe is a terrific, easy appetizer to serve to your New Year’s guests or to serve at a party any time of the year.
New Year’s Reflections and Resolutions
Speaking of New Year’s, as we approach the first day of 2014, it’s the perfect time to reflect on Reflections and Resolutions. This easy baked Camembert reminds me of my early years of entertaining and reinforces my vow to spend as much time as possible with loved ones, whether family or friends. Blogging requires hours at the computer, but my priority is to schedule more tea dates with my girlfriends, watch more movies with the family and savor all the wonderful gifts these incredible folks have brought to my life.
This was my leaky Camembert circa 2013. Still beautiful and tasty!
More Appetizers & Snacks You’ll Love:
- Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Popcorn from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Kahlua Baked Brie
- Easy Queso Dip Recipe
- Cranberry Brie en Croute
- Cherry Topped Brie Bites
- Homemade Caramel Corn Recipe
- More Appetizer Recipes
- More of the Best Snack Recipes
- Small round of Camembert or Brie (8-9 ounce range)
- 1/4 cup whole pecans, roasted
- 1/4 cup homemade or jarred caramel sauce (I used Best Boy Bourbon Barrel)
- Crackers, for serving
- Preheat oven to 350º. Place round of parchment on pie plate and set cheese on top of parchment.
- Bake 10-15 minutes, till cheese is warmed, but rind still intact. The Camembert needed less than 15 minutes, the Brie was larger and needed closer to 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven, use large round spatula to remove cheese to serving plate.
- Top with pecans, then drizzle with caramel sauce.
- Serve warm with crackers.
Note: If your cheese leaks in the oven, use a large round spatula to remove cheese and any melted cheese to serving tray. It will still be delicious!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 6mg Sodium: 196mg Carbohydrates: 24g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 24g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g