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Melty baked brie with jam is a crowd-pleasing appetizer for any party! Made with just 3 ingredients, it’s ready in minutes for your holiday guests.
One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving and Christmas has always been the pre-festivities snacks.
At our house, the big meal comes in the evening, so we start the day with a breakfast casserole (think pumpkin french toast) and then have lots of snacks on hand to take us to dinner.
Cheese platters are an absolute must, and these days that also means I’ve got to include a creamy baked brie with jam.
Now, I know brie is one of those divisive cheeses, but there’s something about baking it with sweet jam that transforms brie into the most delectable, spreadable bite.
Plus, this simple recipe only takes about 20 minutes, so you’ve got an easy holiday appetizer ready to go in no time!
Ingredients for baked brie with jam
There’s truly only 3 ingredients for this recipe. You’ll need:
Brie – Grab a wheel of brie from the deli or fancy cheese section of your grocery store. Brie is sold as either a double-cream or a triple-cream cheese; either one will work for baked brie.
Jam – Use your favorite jam; here I’ve used homemade raspberry jam.
Pecans – You’ll want the pecans to be chopped into small pieces. This ensures there is a bit of pecan in each bite!
How to make this recipe
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
If you want to be able to transfer your brie to a serving plate or platter, line a rimmed baking sheet or large casserole with parchment paper.
If you plan to serve the brie right out of a dish, grab a small casserole or large ramekin. The brie should be able to fit with space all around, rather than being a tight fit.
Unwrap the brie wheel. Using a serrated knife, cut all the way around circumference of the rind to remove just the top.
Place the brie on your baking sheet or in the casserole dish.
Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.
Spread the jam on top of the brie in an even layer. Sprinkle the pecans on top of the jam.
If you like, you can place the cut off brie top back onto the wheel on top of the pecans. I choose to leave it off.
Return the brie to the oven for 5-10 minutes, until melted and gooey.
Serve warm with crackers, bread, and crudite.
Storage and reheating
Don’t worry if you don’t finish all of your baked brie! You can store it in the refrigerator and pop it back into the oven on another day.
Transfer the brie to an airtight container and store for up to 3 days.
When ready to reheat, simply place on a parchment-lined baking sheet or in a casserole dish again, and bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.
You can also reheat the brie in the microwave in short bursts until the cheese is melted.
What kind of jam can I use with baked brie?
There’s no need to go out and buy a special jam for this recipe, basically any kind of jam goes with baked brie!
Because you only need half a cup of jam, you can use whatever you already have on hand. Strawberry, blueberry, and plum jam all go very well with brie.
Jelly works in a pinch as well! I haven’t tried baked brie with grape jelly, but I bet it would be delicious.
What nuts go with baked brie?
While pecans tend to be my go-to nut for all things, there are lots of other options you can choose to go with brie cheese.
Walnuts are a classic option, and sliced almonds are great as well. You could go for something a little different and give pistachios a try — the green color is perfect for the holidays alongside the red jam.
Try flavored nuts to add even more flavor, from spiced pecans to smoked almonds.
What else can I add to baked brie?
Drizzle on honey after baking, or a sprinkling of your favorite herb like fresh thyme or rosemary.
Add chopped peppers to the brie for a spicy kick (or just use a premade peach habañero or raspberry jalapeño jam).
Can I use puff pastry with baked brie?
Wrapping brie in puff pastry makes for an even more elegant dish.
Fold a sheet of puff pastry around the brie, making a few slits on top.
Place on a baking sheet or in a casserole dish and bake at 400°F for 30 minutes, until pastry is puffed and golden brown.
Is the brie rind edible?
The rind on soft cheeses like brie is edible.
However, not everyone likes the extra-pungent taste or its texture, so don’t be surprised if you see leftover rind pieces on your serving platter!
Can I use mini brie to make baked brie?
Some stores sell mini, single-serving size brie rounds. These rounds are perfect for when you don’t want to make a big wheel and just want some baked brie for yourself.
They’re also ideal for parties so everyone can have their own baked brie!
If using mini brie wheels, space them out on a parchment-lined baking sheet and prepare the recipe as directed. You can then transfer the parchment paper to a large serving platter, or use kitchen shears to cut the paper around each mini brie, and arrange on a platter.
What to serve with baked brie
Baked brie with jam is excellent on baguette slices, your favorite cracker, or crostini. I especially like to use mini pita crisps, or pretzel thins for a bit of added saltiness.
Fresh fruit is also delicious spread with baked brie. Try sliced apple, or pear, or even fuyu persimmon.
If you’re making this baked brie part of a larger cheese and charcuterie board, why not add on some of my other favorites? Seasonal cranberry mustard is an excellent addition, and everyone loves my tangy pickled green beans!
Whether you’re making this baked brie with jam as a holiday appetizer or a decadent little snack for yourself, you’ll be reaching for another bite again and again!
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Baked Brie with Jam
- 8 ounces brie
- 1/2 cup raspberry jam
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350°F. If you want to transfer your brie to a serving platter, line a dish or baking sheet with parchment paper. Otherwise, bake directly in a small casserole or large ramekin.
- Cut the top off the brie, discarding or setting aside to add later. Place the brie in the casserole dish, cut side up.
- Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.
- Spread the jam on the brie in an even layer, then sprinkle on the pecans. If desired, place the cut off top back onto the brie.
- Return the brie to the oven for another 5-10 minutes, until melty.
- Serve warm with bread, crackers, and crudite.
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