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Cheese is one of the great joys of life and it follows that any cheese on any surface is something to celebrate.

But have you ever served a cheese platter where one of the cheeses is a molten, golden pool of French Camembert in which swirls slivers of roasted garlic and rosemary? No? Then what are you waiting for?!

This recipe was first seen on the Instagram page of @themummythatneverstops who calls them Cheese Bombs. And it’s so easy to throw together it barely requires instructions.

But of course, we understand you are going to want get it exactly right. And cheese is precious and deserving of respect.


  • A full round of Brie or Camembert
  • It is really worth investing in a strong cheese (we love the Hervé Mons from the Ainslie IGA)
  • Two cloves of garlic
  • Some sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • A glug of champagne


Take your cheese out of the wooden box and place it in a snug oven-proof bowl. Those balsa wood containers have been known to burst in mid-cooking, spilling precious cheese into a puddle at the bottom of the oven. Nobody wants that.

Cut slits into the cheese. Finely slice the garlic and insert into the slits. Ditto for the rosemary sprigs.

Open a bottle of champagne and pour yourself a glass to celebrate the impending feast of cheese.

Splash a little (two tablespoons) on the top of your cheese before it goes into a 180 degree oven for 20 minutes (checking it doesn’t burn).

Serve with fresh crusty bread.

The smell is unbelievable and no matter what other cheeses you artfully arrange on your platter, this one will be eaten first.

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