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Cashew camembert

Camembert is a warming dip for a crusty bread or vegetables that makes a great starter during the winter months. Try this cashew camembert and make your own!


  • 75 grams raw cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight)
  • 200 millilitres water
  • 1 teaspoon flaky salt (halve if using fine salt)
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon tapioca flour/starch
  • Small bunch of rosemary
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a small dish with greaseproof paper.
  2. Add all the camembert ingredients to a blender and process until you have a completely smooth liquid. It will be very watery.
  3. Pour the liquid into a saucepan and cook over a low-medium heat stirring constantly with a spatula. It will start to thicken, looking quite lumpy at first - this is normal! Keep stirring until the mixture has all become thick and gooey in texture (think about how melted cheese would look). The mixture should still be runny enough to pour so be careful not to overcook it. Have a taste to check the seasoning and add a bit more salt if needed.
  4. Pour the cheese mixture into your lined dish. Slice the remaining garlic cloves into little strands and gently poke them into the surface of the cheese at intervals. Also add in some sprigs of rosemary, then drizzle over the olive oil and sprinkle on some black pepper.
  5. Carefully place into the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes, checking after 15. It will puff up slightly during baking and is ready when it has a lightly golden outer skin with a warm, gooey middle. Best eaten immediately.

Additional notes

  • Any uneaten cheese can be kept in the fridge and reheated in the oven – it may lose some of the runny texture if heated twice however.
  • If you have a high powered blender you can skip soaking the cashews, although I still like to soak them for extra creaminess.
  • You can make the cheese mixture ahead of time, keep it in the fridge and then bake it later. You will need to increase the baking time by about 5-10 minutes as the above baking guidelines are for when the mixture is already warm.

Download a PDF version of the recipe here.

Contribution by:

Made in Hackney
Eating Better alliance member
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Made In Hackney is a plant-based cookery school which also provides free nutritious meals to households struggling for food.