Have you heard of Tunworth? It's a smooth and creamy British soft cheese that's a bit like Camembert. It's a brilliant cheese for baking in the oven and sharing with friends. This baked Tunworth recipe with garlic and rosemary is just perfect for easy entertaining!
I love trying different cheeses. There is something quite hard to resist about a simple meal of cheese, bread and possibly some vegetables just so it feels a little bit healthier! For us this makes a great easy Saturday lunch with salad and bread, followed by fruit.
Tunworth: An Award Winning British Cheese
When I came across Tunworth, a Camembert-like soft cows cheese made in Hampshire, which has twice been Supreme Champion at the British Cheese Awards, as well as winning gold at the World Cheese Awards,I knew that I had found the cheese I wanted to try.
The Inspiration for this Baked Tunworth Recipe
Apparently Raymond Blanc has described Tunworth as, 'the best Camembert in the world' and he likes to bake it with chilli, garlic and rosemary. Well, although I love chilllies, I felt that might be adding a little too much so I stuck with rosemary and garlic for my baked Tunworth. I spiked the top of the cheese with a knife a few times and pushed in a few rosemary leaves and a couple of cloves of garlic cloves cut in half and that was it.
How to Bake Tunworth
Tunworth, like many round soft cheeses comes wrapped up and inside a little round wooden box. You can unwrap it and then place the cheese back in the wooden box to bake it. This acts as a container to stop the molten cheese leaking out.
However, the first time I tried this, the box that the Tunworth came in was slightly broken at the side and so some of the cheese flowed out across the baking tray as it was in the oven. So, if there are any gaps then line the inside of the box with foil to stop that happening. If it does happen, just pour the molten cheese from the baking tray into a ramekin if you can!
What to eat with baked Tunworth
The best thing to dip into this soft baked cheese is fresh bread. It doesn't matter what bread but preferably something delicious and rustic!
It is quite rich to eat cheese baked in this way so you'll probably feel like eating something light to balance it out. I like to serve crudités with it including carrots, radishes, peppers and cucumber sticks.
When to serve a whole baked cheese?
I think a baked cheese like this is perfect for a relaxed weekend meal at home. Everyone can help themselves and share. Not everyone likes really strong cheese so Tunworth is a great option as it is smooth and creamy but not too strong.
It's also a great recipe to make when entertaining as it needs almost no preparation. It's ideal as a relaxed dinner party appetiser. Just make sure the main course is something not too heavy!
What if you can't find Tunworth?
If you can't get hold of any Tunworth then just replace it with Camembert. It'll still be just as delicious!
Baked Tunworth Recipe with Garlic and Rosemary
Baked Tunworth with Garlic and Rosemary
- 250 g Tunworth Cheese
- 2 cloves garlic sliced
- rosemary leaves
- Preheat the oven to 180°C
- Unwrap the cheese from its packaging and then place it back into the wooden box. Make a few cuts on top of the cheese and push in the sliced garlic and rosemary leaves.
- Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.
More Cheesy Recipes
If you love cheesy recipes then why not try one of these?
Cheese scones with a chilli kick
Mexican Halloumi Salad
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