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How To Bake Brie: Easy, Heart-Melting Baked Brie Recipe With Honey

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Being from Spain, particularly from northern Catalonia, close to the border, I got the chance to visit France at least once every couple of months for all my life. We would take the car and stop by the border in the seaside villages of the Pyrénées-Orientales or up north to Occitania, and stop by to spend a few days eating, enjoying nature and the local culture in all its forms. I’ve been lucky because these little trips allowed me to dig into some of the foodie treasures of France: bread and cheese.

Brie cheese is a beloved protagonist in French recipes. In France, at people’s houses, restaurants, or markets, I’ve found Brie in all its presentations: from served on baguette slices as easy appetizers to being used for savoury quiches, tartlets, or even on stews and soups.

One of my favourite recipes involving Brie is when it’s melted and gooey. After I learnt how to bake Brie there was no going back: every time I eat it raw I know what I’m losing! Do you want to discover the little steps to mouth-watering melted Brie?

Stay with me, I’m going to share with you all my tips and secrets on how to bake Brie. 

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Where Does Brie Come From?

Brie is a soft cheese that owes its name to Brie, the region where it was born, which today roughly corresponds to the department of Seine-et-Marne. 

Brie is similar to the French soft cheese Camembert because they both share the same white rind, which is created by the fungus Penicillium Candidum and also Penicillium Camemberti.

Its life in the ripening room is not very long, just a few weeks, between 5 and 6. The goal is to achieve the development of its texture, its characteristic flavour, and its flowery white rind without the Brie wheel becoming too dry or developing the unwanted ammonia taste, which you might have recognized after eating an overripe Camembert cheese.

The French government officially certified two types of brie: Brie de Meaux and Brie de Melun. But Brie is globally known as a type of cheese, not particularly a brand or trademark, and therefore can be produced anywhere in the world. 

It’s currently one of the most beloved cheeses in Western cuisines! In the US there are records of companies that have been making Brie since the 19th century. Who would want to miss this sweet little cheese in their cuisine once you have tried it?

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Learn How To Bake Brie, a Heart-Melting Recipe!

As a famous French cheese, Brie has been widely introduced into many international dishes. Sweet and savoury, it fits many cuisines and recipes!

Many French recipes can be made with Brie. Recipes such as the classic and popular pommes au gratin, can also be baked with Brie for a soft and juicy touch!

You can also twist sweet recipes such as a cheesecake and give it a special flavour by replacing part of the cream cheese with Brie cheese.

We could go on… But today we want to highlight one of its most delicious and easiest presentations.

Within all these recipes, there is one that becomes irresistible to everyone who tries it: melted Brie! 

That creamy and sumptuous texture… Even the most refined guests will inevitably lick their fingers!

In the French language, this recipe can be called brie au four or brie fondant. 

Sounds nice but… how to bake Brie? Is it as easy as it sounds?

Indeed, It’s extremely easy to learn how to bake Brie: simply place the cheese in a warm oven with a generous garnish on top of the Brie wheel. Now it’s ready to eat! 

It couldn’t be simpler!

Bake Brie for Special Occasions

Of course, you don’t have to wait for special occasions to make this easy appetizer. This easy Baked Brie cheese recipe can be the perfect choice for a home-alone night or a simple lunch with family!

But you can also save it as a secret tool to have on special occasions, like when surprise guests come home or you have to prepare something for a last-minute dinner. 

If you plan on cooking this Baked Brie cheese because you’ll have a special occasion, you can serve it simply with the garnish, or use the occasion to make this recipe even more impressive by serving the Baked Brie as the star cheese in a cheese board or a charcuterie board.

Cheese boards and charcuterie boards are almost like artistic food compositions placed on a serving platter, perfect to accompany our delicious melted cheese with other delicacies.

These are normally filled with a lot of colourful ingredients that guests can snack on during a nice meal together. If you serve your baked Brie on a cheese board, always try to include a diverse and mouth-watering combination of nuts, fresh veggies, and fruits, with little sweet treats such as honey, confitures, or even chocolates and candies.

Everything to make the melty cheese dip look even more seductive and delicious!

You can also cook this recipe for other special occasions such as Christmas (what fits more the Christmas mood than cranberries?), or cute dinner dates. 

And let me tell you, a glass of red wine is a perfect match for this recipe if you ask me. Alcohol-free wine if you prefer, of course!

The Secret to a Delicious Baked Brie: Choose Your Toppings!

The topping is key to the success of this recipe because it allows us to complement the creaminess of the cheese with the crunchy touch of nuts, the freshness of fruits, or the sweetness of a drizzle of honey.

You can make a sweeter topping, with jams, fresh fruits, or dried fruits. Seasonal fruits from the French countryside, such as apricots at the beginning of summer or figs at the end, are transformed into jams that add a sweet touch to our Baked Brie.

These toppings are a great addition because they don’t need to be cooked. Simply top the Brie with your cut-up fruits and a little honey or store-bought jam, and voilà!

Making a savoury garnish is also a great option. You can make it with mushrooms, sautéed veggies, or meat sides like bacon or beef. You should pre-cook these savoury sides before putting them on top of the Brie, but the advantage over the sweet ones is that they will turn this Baked Brie appetizer into a complete dish that is nutritious enough to fuel your day.

Besides the topping, don’t forget to serve your Baked Brie with a good piece of baguette or breadsticks! Believe me, you’ll need some bread to make the most out of the succulent delicacy of melted leftover Brie rind.

Variations for the Baked Brie Recipe

You don’t like one of the ingredients we are using to top this Baked Brie recipe?

Make your version! Brie goes well with everything, so let your imagination run wild and crown this cheese king with your favourite culinary topping jewels!

Now that you are probably convinced to give it a try, stay with me, and let’s make this sweet and savoury melted Brie recipe that will take a few minutes to prepare.

Such a low-effort recipe that will melt the hearts of everyone who tries it! 

Welcome, the kitchen is open…Today we will eat:

Baked Brie With Pecans, Fig Jam, Fresh Rosemary and Honey

how to bake brie, baked brie recipe with honey

Ingredients

  • 1 wheel of Brie, 7 to 10 oz
  • 2 tablespoons pecan nuts, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 1/3 teaspoon fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of fig jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Place the brie on a baking tray covered with parchment paper or a baking sheet
  3. In a bowl, mix pecans with dried cranberries, fresh rosemary, lemon zest, and honey
  4. Spread a layer of fig jam over the cheese and pour the garnish on top of the brie
  5. Bake the brie for 7 to 10 minutes. Serve with baguette slices and green apple slices.
how to bake brie

Easy, Heart-Melting Baked Brie Recipe With Honey, Pecans, Fig Jam, Fresh Rosemary, and Honey

Lotte Ore
This easy Baked Brie cheese recipe can be the perfect choice for a home-alone night or a simple lunch with family. That creamy and sumptuous texture… Even the most refined guests will inevitably lick their fingers!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cuisine French

Ingredients
  

  • 1 wheel of Brie 7 to 10 oz (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons pecan nuts cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 1/6 teaspoon fresh thyme chopped
  • 1/3 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon fig jam
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar optional

To serve:

  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 3-4 baguette slices
  • 1/4 green apple, cut into slices

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Place the wheel of cheese on a baking dish covered with a baking sheet.
  • In a bowl, mix pecans with dried cranberries, fresh thyme, lemon zest, and honey.
  • Spread a layer of fig jam over the cheese and pour the garnish on top of the Brie. If you want an extra layer of crunch, spread some brown sugar on top of the garnish. Next level!
  • Place Brie in the warm oven and bake for 7 to 10 minutes. Serve with baguette slices and green apple slices.

Notes

Substitutes
    • If you don’t like fig jam you can also use other jams such as apricot jam, strawberry jam, or raspberry jam.
    • You can substitute honey with maple syrup.
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