Serves: 4-6

It’s nothing new, but baked cheese is damn delicious. Instead of throwing a whole wheel in the oven and calling it a life, I cut the wheel into pieces in order to ensure that there are plenty of dates throughout (unlike in my life, heyo!). The flavours here veer outside the ordinary wheelhouse of hot fromage: funky Camembert, sweet dried fruit, earthy thyme, and to finish, a spiced oil that feels a little reckless over a soft, French cheese, but in a good way, obviously.


  • One 4in to 5in [10cm to 12cm] wheel of Camembert, cut into 1in [2.5cm] pieces
  • 8 pitted dates, torn into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Piment d’Espelette Oil or chilli oil, for drizzling
  • Crackers or crusty bread, for serving


1Preheat the oven to 180°C.

2Tuck the Camembert pieces into a 4in to 5in [10cm to 12cm] oven-proof baking dish and add the dates in the spaces between the cheese.

3Sprinkle with thyme and bake until the cheese is bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes.

4Drizzle with the piment d’Espelette oil and serve with crackers or crusty bread.

Taken from our sister magazine France Today




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