Baked Camembert with Cherry Jam

baked camembert with cherry jam
Photo: Nico Schinco
Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

Here's a wonderfully easy way to elevate an impromptu gathering: Scatter herbs over a round of your favorite soft cheese—any mild, creamy Brie or Camembert is perfect—add a small pour of vermouth for flair, and bake it for 10 minutes. Spoon on sour-cherry jam, top with nuts, and ta-da! Molten magic to put out with whatever crudités, crunchy fruits, or crackers you have on hand.


  • 1 round Camembert or Brie (about 4 inches across; 8 ounces)

  • 1 clove garlic, very thinly sliced (1 teaspoon)

  • 4 thyme sprigs

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 tablespoon dry vermouth

  • 2 tablespoons sour-cherry or raspberry jam

  • ¼ cup chopped toasted almonds or hazelnuts

  • Fennel wedges, green radishes, sugar snap peas, sliced green apple, baguette slices, and crackers, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place cheese on a piece of parchment-lined foil and make a small slit in top, about 1/2 inch long. Sprinkle with garlic, thyme, and bay leaf. Drizzle with vermouth. Wrap loosely in foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, then remove and discard foil.

  2. Open parchment and dollop cheese with jam. Return to oven and bake until cheese is molten and jam is warm, 2 to 4 minutes more. Sprinkle with nuts. Serve with desired accompaniments.

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