Your Christmas, sorted: cheese

by Great British Chefs 1 December 2021

Comfort food doesn't come much better than gooey melted cheese at Christmas. These are five of the best festive recipes with a wheel of molten cheese at their core.

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Regardless of how much you've eaten on Christmas Day, everyone should always leave space for a bit of cheese after their dinner. While cheeseboards can be a good option to keep everyone happy, we don't think you can beat a gooey baked cheese to keep those warm and cosy feelings continuing well into the night. These are some of our favourite festive baked cheese recipes that are great for Christmas Day, festive parties or whenever you fancy a hit of pure indulgence.

Baked camembert with roasted grapes and pink peppercorn crackers

Baked camembert is always a favourite during the winter, but in this recipe it's pierced with rosemary to give it plenty of added flavour and topped with sweet roasted red grapes. Meanwhile the pink peppercorn crackers are quick to prepare and are perfect for dipping into the cheese.

Roast garlic, cranberry and khorasan brioche with baked camembert

A great dish for putting in the middle of the table so that everyone can dive in, the time-consuming part of this recipe is making the nutty brioche wreath that surrounds the camembert but it's well worth the effort. Made from the ancient grain khorasan, guests can tear bits off to mop up every last bit of the melted cheese.

Brie, cranberry and red onion pithivier

This brie, cranberry and red onion pithivier is actually a great main course option on Christmas Day for any cheese obsessives out there. When baked for the correct amount of time, the brie should ooze out of the pastry as soon as it's cut into, contrasting beautifully with the sweet red onions and cranberries.

Baked camembert with bacon jam and apple wedges

A sweet and savoury cranberry and bacon jam is the star of this recipe and beautifully complements the rich camembert. For a touch of added freshness, slices of Granny Smith are suggested for dipping.

Baked camembert with chilli honey and sesame breadsticks

Camembert can stand up to a fair bit of heat which is why in this recipe it's paired with a spicy chilli honey. Crisp sesame breadsticks are served on the side for dunking and are surprisingly easy to make.

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