Honey-Baked Feta with Lavender, Thyme and Rye Crisps

Serves 4

A great alternative to a traditional cheese board, this baked feta combines salty cheese with fragrant, lightly caramelised honey. Serve with these crisp rye bread crackers, crusty bread or your favourite cheese biscuits.

New Classics


Serves 4

  • 200g block of feta
  • 1/2 loaf of rye bread
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 3-4 tbsp runny honey
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 sprigs of fresh lavender or 1/2 tsp dried lavender
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.

Cover the feta with 2 pieces of kitchen paper and leave at room temperature for 1 hour to absorb excess moisture.

Cut the rye bread into very thin slices. Place them in a single layer on 2 baking trays. Drizzle with the olive oil and rub each slice with a halved garlic clove.

Bake the rye slices in the oven for 7-10 minutes until lightly golden and crisp. Remove and turn the oven to its grill setting.

Remove the kitchen paper from the feta and place the feat in an ovenproof dish just large enough for it to fit in snugly. Drizzle the honey on top, then add the thyme and lavender. Season well with sea salt and pepper and grill for 5-10 minutes until golden.

Remove the cheese from the grill. Serve the feta immediately with the rye crisps.