Garlic & Rosemary Baked Camembert – Made in Hackney : Life Beyond Cheese

Garlic & Rosemary Baked Camembert

A showstopper if there ever was one! Wonderful as a starter to share with friends.

Makes 1 camembert, enough for 4 people sharing

Ingredients:

75 grams raw cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight)

200 millilitres water

1 teaspoon flaky salt (halve if using fine salt)

1 large clove of garlic

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoon tapioca flour/starch

For baking:

a small bunch of rosemary

2 garlic cloves

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

freshly ground black pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a small dish with greaseproof paper.
  2. Add all the camembert ingredients to a blender and process until you have a completely smooth liquid. It will be very watery.
  3. Pour the liquid into a saucepan and cook over a low-medium heat stirring constantly with a spatula. It will start to thicken, looking quite lumpy at first- this is normal! Keep stirring until the mixture has all become thick and gooey in texture (think about how melted cheese would look). The mixture should still be runny enough to pour so be careful not to overcook it. Have a taste to check the seasoning and add a bit more salt or vinegar if needed.
  4. Pour the cheese mixture into your lined dish. Slice the remaining garlic cloves into little strands and gently poke them into the surface of the cheese at intervals. Also add in some sprigs of rosemary, then drizzle over the olive oil and sprinkle on some black pepper.
  5. Carefully place into the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes, checking after 15. It will puff up slightly during baking and is ready when it has a lightly golden outer skin with a warm, gooey middle. Best served immediately.
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