Camembert Camembert is a soft cheese with a flowery rind. Camembert is made by allowing a white mold (Penicillium Candida) to grow on the outside for a few days. The mold forms a white rind and helps create the smooth texture.
Germany's version of the Camembert (30-60% fat content) is milder than the French Camembert.
Cheese Category: Soft Cheese with Flowery Rind
Country of Origin: Germany
Specialty of: Throughout Germany
Main Ingredient(s): Pasteurized Cow's Milk
Age (Ripening Period): 5+ weeks
Flavor: Slightly tangy, nutty
Consistency: Changes with age. Younger cheeses are white and firm. They become softer and more yellow as they ripen. Overripe Camembert is runny.
Use for melting? Yes
Use in dips? No
Dessert cheese? Yes
Cooking and Preparation Tips
Ripe Camembert is spreadable and works well spread on bread or a bread roll for a light meal. Camembert also tastes great breaded and fried.
Hard, unripe Camembert can be left out at room temperature (in its original packaging) to help it ripen. Once it reaches the desired ripeness, store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Before serving, allow the cheese to sit at room temperature for 2 hours so that its aroma becomes fully developed.
Store apart from other types of cheese. The flowery rind from the Camembert can spread and grow on the other cheeses.