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Baked Camembert with Pears

Photo: Christina Holmes
Total time 20 mins
Yield 6
A splash of pear brandy plus maple syrup and Spanish almonds put a modern spin on baked Brie.


  • 8 ounces (one round) Camembert, ripe
  • 1 tablespoon pear brandy
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup marcona almonds, chopped
  • 2 Bosc pears, cut into thin wedges
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Put the Camembert in a small baking dish. In a bowl, combine the brandy, maple syrup and salt and pour over the cheese. Bake for about 7 minutes, until the cheese is very soft. Spoon any liquid over the cheese and sprinkle with the almonds. Toss the pears with the lemon juice and serve alongside the cheese.