This easy Baked Brie recipe is a delicious holiday appetizer to impress your guest with a decadent cheesy platter.
Plus, this is an easy appetizer recipe ready in just about 10 minutes.
As a French person, I have eaten baked cheese all my childhood.
French people not only bake Brie cheese but also so many other cheese kinds.
You can also bake Reblochon, a soft-washed French cheese, or Mont D’Or, a French camembert cheese sold in a wooden box that you can bake whole.
While it’s not hard to bake cheese, it’s a tricky art if you want to ensure the best creamy, runny center but still keep the rind intact.
It’s easy to overbake cheese, ending up into a total cheesy mess that won’t hold its shape to place on a cheese board.
To avoid this, let me share my tips and tricks to make this easy French recipe during the holiday season.
What’s Baked Brie?
Baked brie is a brie wheel baked in the oven until the center of the brie is just melted, but the cheese crust is still hard enough to hold the center.
As a result, it’s a soft and spreadable warm cheese perfect for serving as a holiday appetizer to spread onto a baguette, crackers, or dip raw vegetables.
Some versions make baked brie wrapped in puff pastry for an ultra-decadent and rich meal.
How To Make Baked Brie
You only need brie to make baked brie. You don’t need to add herbs, spices, egg wash, or anything on top.
The trick to making it perfect is the choice of brie. Not all brie wheels are the same. Some have a soft-washed rind that will break apart super quickly in the oven.
This is not the kind of brie you want to use in this recipe.
- Brie Cheese – Pick a brie variety with a thick crust like double brie, triple brie, or brie de Meaux, if using a French cheese wheel.
- Rosemary or thyme – only to sprinkle on top of the baked cheese.
- Pomegranate or sweet and sour fruits like dried cranberries, and cranberry sauce.
- Honey or maple syrup to add a touch of sweetness.
Baking The Brie
Baked brie is a recipe where timing is essential. You need to keep an eye on your oven because it bakes fast and can quickly turn from perfect to a cheesy mess.
First, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
Place the cold brie wheel on a baking sheet or cast iron skillet covered with parchment paper.
The parchment paper makes it easier to transfer the baked brie to a charcuterie board later.
Bake in the center rack of the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. I recommend checking the brie after 10 minutes, as soon as the top of the rind starts puffing.
When it becomes soft and bouncy, the center is soft and melted enough to serve.
The cooking time varies with the size of the brie wheel and the thickness of the rind.
This recipe is better served warm with some flavorsome add-ons such as fresh herbs, sweet jam, syrup, toasted nuts, and berries.
Serve with a small knife so your guests can slice a wedge of melted brie and spread the melted cheese with its rind on bread or crackers.
You can’t store leftover baked brie to serve again as an appetizer. Melted cheese hardens in the fridge and can’t be served again.
You can reuse leftovers in a cheesy dish like my smoked mac and cheese, and bechamel cheese sauce as a swap for cheddar or Emmental.
Baked brie is best served on a serving platter with toppings like:
- Fresh Herbs – rosemary, thyme
- Cranberry Sauce
- Raspberry jam, fig jam, or apricot jam
- Honey or Maple Syrup
- Apple Slices
- Pistachios and Almonds
Baked brie is served as a centerpiece of a charcuterie board. It’s surrounded by delicious fruits, vegetables, and crackers.
Serve baked brie with toasted baguette slices and crackers such as:
- Almond Crackers
- Flaxseed Crackers
- Wholegrain Crackers.
You can also dip carrots, celery, or any raw vegetable you love to eat with cheese.
You can also serve it as a cheese fondue by removing the top rind and dipping bread straight into the melty cheese.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the answers to the most frequent questions about this holiday appetizer recipe.
Should I Bring The Brie Wheel At Room Temperature Before Baking?
No, you should bake the cold brie immediately to ensure a soft spreadable cheese core while keeping the crust hard enough to hold its wheel shape.
If you bring the cheese to room temperature, the rind will crack and melt away in the oven.
Can I Eat The Rind?
Yes, brie rind is edible and where most of the cheese flavor comes from. It’s safe to eat baked or raw brie wedges.
More French Recipes
Below are some more French-inspired recipes for you to try.
More Holiday Appetizer Recipes
Try these recipes if you need more holiday appetizers.
Have you tried baked brie? Share a comment or review below.
Want My Kitchen Equipment?
- 1 Brie Wheel (8 ounces)
- ¼ cup Walnuts
- ¼ cup Pecans
- 1-2 tablespoons Honey or sugar-free maple Syrup if low-carb
- 2-3 tablespoons Pomegranate Arils
- 2 sprigs Fresh Rosemary
- 2 sprigs Fresh Thyme
- 10 slices Toasted Baguette or low-carb bread or crackers of choice
- 6 large Fresh Strawberries
- 1 batch Grapes
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Place a piece of parchment paper in a 6-inch skillet or on a baking sheet.
- Place the brie wheel on the paper and bake for 9-15 minutes or until the center is soft to the touch and forms a bump.
- Meanwhile, warm a skillet over medium heat, add walnuts and pecans, and roast dry for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the honey, cook for 30 seconds until warm and the nuts are coated, then remove from the heat.
- Add the toasted nuts to the center of the warm brie wheel along with pomegranate and fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary sprigs.
- Serve immediately with crackers or baguette slices and surrounded with grapes, strawberries, olives, and more!
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I love cheese of all kinds but especially baked cheese. Thank you so much for explaining the differences in the different kinds of brie, that helps to understand it so much better. Of course I had to go buy some brie to make as I haven’t had it for a while. A good chance to share my love of baked brie with friends and family, now I’ve got a whole more bunch of people hooked on baked cheese! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and recipes. This pairs so well with your flaxseed crackers as well. DEE-LISH!!!