5 from 9 votes
Baked Camembert with Cranberry & Orange Compote
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Warm, oozy Baked Camembert topped with Cranberry & Orange Compote is easy, yet elegant and guaranteed to please! Add this festive and fun appetizer to your holiday line up!

Course: Appetizer, Snack, starter
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: baked, brie, camembert, Christmas, compote, cranberry, holiday, orange
Servings: 8
Calories: 167 kcal
  • Cranberries:
  • ¼ Cup Brandy
  • ¼ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 8 ounces Fresh Cranberries , divided*
  • 1 Orange – zested (about 1 TBS packed)
  • 1 tsp Fresh Thyme , packed
  • Kosher Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Camembert:
  • 8 ounce round of Camembert
  • 1 TBS Brandy
  • 1 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • For Serving: Crackers, Baguette Slices, Walnuts, Grapes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the Cranberries: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, cook brandy and sugar, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil. Add half of the cranberries and cook, stirring frequently, until the cranberries burst, about 5-6 minutes. Add in the remaining cranberries and bring to a boil. Immediately remove the pan from heat and stir in the orange zest and thyme. Season to taste with a pinch of salt. Set aside, uncovered, to cool to room temperature.
  3. For the Baked Camembert: Score the top of the camembert in a crosshatch pattern with a paring knife. Transfer to a small baking dish. In a small bowl combine the brandy, oil and a pinch of salt. Pour mixture over cheese. Bake until cheese is very soft, about 15-20 minutes. Spoon any liquid over the cheese and let rest to firm up slightly, about 5 minutes.
  4. To Serve: Spoon cranberry mixture over cheese and serve with crackers, baguette slices and optional cheese board garnishes.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

1. If you can’t find, or simply don’t want to use camembert, you can substitute brie cheese.

2. I baked the camembert right in its wooden box. You still need to place the box onto a baking dish though. Also, make sure you score the top of the cheese with a paring knife. I scored mine in a crosshatch pattern.

3. I used fresh cranberries, but you can substitute frozen if that is what you have on hand.

4. The cranberry compote can be made up to 5 days in advance. Simple cover and store in the refrigerator. When you are ready to use, bring the compote to room temperature before serving. Or, if you want a warm compote, place the compote in a small saucepan over low heat until desired temperature is achieved.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Camembert with Cranberry & Orange Compote
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 239mg10%
Potassium 106mg3%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 285IU6%
Vitamin C 12.6mg15%
Calcium 119mg12%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.