Camembert au four

The simplest way to bake Camembert is in the wooden box in which it comes. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove any wrappers or labels from the cheese. Carefully cut the rind off of just the top of the cheese and then place it, cut side up, in the bottom of the box. Place this on a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes. Serve in the box with various things to dip: rounds of baguette, endive leaves, and apple slices are all popular.

Variations: After removing the rind and before baking, you can top the cheese with various things. Popular additions are thyme, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, a sprinkle of sea salt, ground pepper, white wine, and even honey.

Note: Although I don't bother, if you are worried about the box catching on fire, you can soak it in water for a few hours before baking it. This recipe only works with wooden boxes - no plastic or cardboard.

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