I couldn’t resist the fancy cheese section at Trader Joe’s this weekend and they were also handing out free samples so that didn’t help either. Needless to say I came home with several wonderful cheeses and no plans. But then after a visit to TJ Maxx and a great cheese baking dish later, I decided to make a Pear-Walnut Baked Camembert. Some times things just come together perfectly.
This dish is such a great cold weather appetizer too. The gooey baked cheese will warm you right up and it pairs well with a toasty baguette. The pear and honey add delicious sweet notes and the toasted walnut adds an awesome crunch.
Tai of course loved this dish! I mean he usually likes anything with gooey cheese but he LOVED this one. And maybe I’m bragging a bit because it’s my recipe and fancy new dish and all, but man was this one good.
And here’s another photo. Because I loved this dish and because I got new lights as my christmas present. And with those two things combined, I get a pretty photo out of it 🙂
Pear-Walnut Baked Camembert
- 1 Wheel of Camembert
- 1/2 a Pear Sliced
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts
- 1/2 Cup Honey
Preheat oven to 350.
Trim top of rind off of the camembert, leaving the sides and bottom intact (younger camembert will have less of an ammonia smell if that bothers you).
Slice pear and chop walnuts to small bite-sized pieces.
Place camembert in cheese baking dish or a small shallow pan with sides.
Arrange pear on top of cheese and drizzle honey on top.
Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes.
Place walnuts on a small baking sheet and toast in oven for 5-7 minutes.
Remove cheese and walnuts from oven, and let cool for 10 minutes or until safe to handle.
Sprinkle walnuts on top of cheese and enjoy with crostini, baguette or carb of your choice!