Talk about a simple yet beautiful appetizer. Baked Brie is a wonderful holiday appetizer that takes little time and effort to make but the result is a fancy and delicious treat!
Are you a brie fan? It’s a creamy cows milk cheese that has a distinctive flavor. It pairs well with sweet flavors like a jam, honey and apples. I used a raspberry jam because of the red color – it makes it a little more festive and the rosemary seemed appropriate for this time of year. However, any flavor of jam would pair nice with Baked Brie and I can see thyme being another nice herb to pair it with.
The good news about baked brie is it’s really hard to mess up. You simply wrap a wedge of brie with puffed pastry and bake – simply follow the steps and the result will be a very pretty appetizer.
I would suggest baking it right before you serve so it’s fresh and doesn’t get too soggy. However, I think you can make it ahead of time and place it in your refrigerator and bake when your guests arrive. I am a huge fan of anything you can make ahead of time – makes life easier, right?
My favorite way to enjoy Baked Brie is on apples! The crisp apple with the creamy cheese is just so good. Although, it’s wonderful on its own or on a cracker as well.
Another note to make, which I also explained in the recipe below, is to wait to cut into it for about 10 minutes otherwise the cheese will just melt everywhere which doesn’t effect the flavor of course, just makes it’s a little harder to serve.
Hope you enjoy this festive appetizer this holiday season!
- 1 round 8 ounce brie wedge
- 1/4 cup raspberry jam
- I-2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1 thawed puffed pastry sheet
- Honey for drizzling
- apples for serving
- crackers or bread for serving
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Take leaves off of 1 sprig of rosemary and chop. Mix rosemary and jam together.
- Place brie in center of puffed pastry on a baking sheet. Spread raspberry rosemary jam on top of brie then wrap up tightly, pressing edges together. Place back in refrigerator for 10 minutes to chill before baking. Chilling the puffed pastry with help it puff up like it should.
- Once chilled, brush the puffed pastry with egg wash all over, even on the sides and place in oven for 25 minutes. The egg wash helps develop a nice brown crust on pastry. Remove, let stand for 10 minutes. If you don't let stand for 10 minutes, the brie will just ooze everywhere once cut which is yummy but can be messy and hard to serve.
- Drizzle with honey and sprinkle fresh rosemary on top. Serve with apples and crackers.