This Baked Brie With Fig Fam is a heavenly appetizer made to impress. This easy brie recipe is fun to snack on and the perfect addition to any charcuterie board!
Easy and elegant! Baked brie is an appetizer commonly found on cheese boards or charcuterie boards. And trust me, it deserves to be there and be known. Brie cheese is deliciously spreadable and pairs nicely with crackers.
Easy Baked Brie Recipe
The holiday season is right around the corner! Whether you are having friends or family over for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, or any other holiday you celebrate, you’ll want to plan a menu.
Appetizers are one of the first things I plan because that’s my favorite part of any meal! They bring people together at holiday dinners and parties as they gather, chatting around all of the bite sized appetizers.
This Brie Appetizer is perfect for just that! Not only is this an easy appetizer to make, but it requires minimal effort, and you can make it in advance.
I love preparing appetizers like this because, it allows you, the chef, to focus on your guests and making the other food for the evening.
What Is Brie Cheese?
Brie cheese, from the Brie region of France, is a bit different than most cheeses? Rather than being in slices like deli cheeses, brie is baked and served as it comes (a wheel of brie). To serve, you cut off your own piece of creamy brie cheese and spread it on a cracker or bread.
Ingredients You Will Need
Dough: I used a sheet of puff pastry, but you can also use crescent roll dough. Phyllo dough is great if you prefer your crust to be more light and flaky.
Cheese: I like to use the full wheel of brie to make baked brie. The rind helps keep the cheese together while it’s baking, so it doesn’t overflow and ooze out as it melts.
Egg: you will need an egg to make an egg wash that will hold the pastry together around the brie. This will give you the perfect seal and give the puff pastry a nice golden brown sheen.
Flour: use it to sprinkle around your work surface so you don’t rip the puff pastry.
Jam: this recipe can be made with any jam! I used fig jam, but you can switch it up and use a different jam (Trader Joe’s has some really good ones) depending on the season and serve it with seasonal fresh fruit like berries or peaches.
Garnish: If you really want to level up your baked brie, garnish it with fresh fruit and herbs. I used fresh sliced figs and chopped pistachios for mine.
How to Make Brie In Puff Pastry
1. Preheat the oven: Start off by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Then line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Spread the fig jam: Sprinkle your surface with flour. Unroll the puff pastry over the floured surface and spread about 1/4 cup of fig jam over the dough. Place the brie wheel in the center of the dough and add the remaining jam to the top of the brie.
3. Fold the dough: Gently fold the edges of the puff pastry up around the cheese, making sure it’s sealed all around. In a small bowl, combine the egg with 1 tsp of water.
Brush the outside of the puff pastry with the egg wash and sprinkle with flaky salt. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the outside is golden brown and puffed.
4. Serve and enjoy: Serve with your favorite crackers, apple slices, or add to a serving dish or cheese board!
Do you take the rind off brie before baking?
No, you definitely want to keep the white rind on if you are going to bake your brie. Some people might remove the top rind when baking brie, but not when it’s wrapped in pastry.
Keeping it on will help the brie keep its shape while baking. If you take it off, the melted cheese will spill out and make a mess in the oven.
Also, if this is your first time working with brie or eating brie, the rind is actually edible!
Should you freeze brie before baking?
I don’t recommend freezing brie before baking, but if you must, prepare the baked brie through step 3 (before coating with egg wash).
When you’re ready to bake the brie, apply the egg wash and salt and bake frozen (do not thaw). Keep in mind, the bake time might be longer since the cheese is frozen.
If you are looking to freeze your brie and make it later, I think the best way to freeze a brie wheel is to wrap it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
Once you have done that, put it in an airtight container or a freezer bag. I recommend an airtight container over a freezer bag in order to prevent the cheese from getting crushed by other items in the freezer.
What goes with baked brie?
Well, obviously, jams go really well on top of baked brie! The sweetness combines well with the creamy cheese to make a great spread for a cracker.
I love making this Baked Brie And Apple Flatbread in the Fall! However, you can also pair the cheese with:
- Homemade bread
- Fresh fruit, like sweet apples
- Dried fruit, like apricots
- Caramelized onions
- Fresh herbs, like rosemary
The best pairing is a nice glass … or bottle of wine!
More Easy Appetizers
- Air Fryer Frozen Egg Rolls
- Mango Pineapple Salsa
- Air Fryer Crab Rangoons
- Maryland Crab Pretzels
- Best Maryland Crab Dip
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Baked Brie With Fig Jam
- 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed but still cold
- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
- 8 ounce brie wheel
- 1/2 cup fig jam
- 1 egg
- flakey salt, to taste
- chopped pistachios for garnish
- 3-4 fresh figs for garnish
- Preheat oven to 375° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Sprinkle your work surface with flour. Unroll the puff pastry over the floured surface and spread about 1/4 cup of fig jam over the dough. Place the brie wheel in the center of the dough and add remaining jam to the top of the brie.
- Gently fold the puff pastry edges up around the cheese, making sure it’s sealed all around. In a small bowl, combine the egg with 1 tsp of water. Brush the outside of the puff pastry with egg wash and sprinkle with flakey salt.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the outside is golden brown and puffed. Serve with apple slices, crackers, or add to a cheese board!