Baked Brie with Fig Jam might just be the perfect appetizer of all time! It's earthy, sweet, melty and crunchy and can be made in under 25 minutes. It's a simple recipe that is absolutely beautiful and impressive once served. You and your guests will love it!
I still remember my first time having baked brie.
Back when my dad ran mega-resorts all over Florida, my family took a trip the the Ritz Carlton is Sarasota.
Because of his career, they hooked us up with a room on the club level. I was so excited.
The club level at the Ritz is a special floor that grants you access to the free food, drink, candy, etc in the club lounge. It's incredible and I highly recommend you check it out if you ever have the opportunity.
Every few hours, the chefs prepare tons of super fancy finger foods.
And as a young gal with a boogie palate, this made me super happy.
While my dad was in meetings, my mom, brother and I would basically stalk the club lounge for tasty snacks every few hours.
One late afternoon, we took our seats and I watched as one of the servers brought out a steaming hot tray filled with some sort of golden baked pastry dish.
I had no idea what it was so I went over and scooped out a spoonful.
As soon as I crunched through the surface, I saw the oozing white cheese that was swirled with honey and candied nuts.
I was instantly intrigued. I brought a plate back to the table where my family was sitting and I asked my mom "what is this?".
She explained the entire concept of baked brie and my mind exploded.
I had had brie a million times before but never wrapped in pastry and topped with sweetness.
It was glorious. I honestly think I ate the entire tray of cheese just to myself that day.
I talked about it nonstop and once I got home, I started making it after school as a snack.
My mom was actually quite worried about me... laughing at how my refined palate would react during my first year of college dorm food.
Little did she know I would start a cheese blog a few years later! Hahahah.
But anyways, that's my history with baked brie. Now let's get to cheesin!
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- small wheel of brie
- a sheet of thawed puff pastry
- your favorite fig jam
- dried figs - optional but I recommend them!
- egg white
- a sprig of rosemary
- kosher salt
How to make it
Making this baked brie with fig jam is super easy and it can be done in under 30 minutes.
The first thing you'll need to do is preheat your oven to 400F degrees.
While it's preheating, whisk your egg white until beaten.
Then line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you don't have parchment paper, it's ok -- you still don't need to grease a baking sheet -- The puff pastry has plenty of butter/oil so it won't stick.
Next, lay your puff pastry on the baking sheet and place the brie in the center.
Add 2-3 tbsp of fig jam to the brie and then add some sliced dried figs on top.
Pull the 4 edges of the puff pastry to the center and seal with a little bit of egg. Then pull the rest of the exposed pastry corners to the center and seal with a little egg wash.
Brush the puff pastry with egg was then add a few rosemary sprigs on top.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until the puff pastry is golden.
Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting in.
How to make it without puff pastry
If you'd like to make this recipe without puff pastry, simply follow the directions as written but omit the pastry.
Place the brie (with all the toppings) in an oven safe baking dish such as one of these tiny 5 inch cast iron skillets.
Bake at 375F degrees for 15 minutes then serve.
Other flavors combinations
This baked brie recipe is one of those universal recipes that can be adapted to whatever flavors you'd like.
Here are some of my favorite flavor combos to try!
- Peach jam and brown sugar
- Guava Jam and sliced strawberries
- Raw honey and candied nuts
- cherry jam with dried pineapple (or try this upside down pineapple baked brie)
- stewed apples with cinnamon
- cranberry jam and jalapeños
- pepper jelly and crumbled bacon
- or you can even just put my DIY black truffle brie in the puff pastry and enjoy!
What to serve with baked brie
I highly recommend serving baked brie with toasted baguette rounds.
To make them simply slice a baguette into coins then drizzle with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and then put under the broiler for a few minutes until golden. Finish with a sprinkle of salt.
If you don't want to deal with toasting a baguette, you can also serve this baked brie with fig jam with an assortment of crackers.
I love the Rosemary Sea Salt Trisciuts, the Toasted Brioche Crackers from Trader Joes and Original Wheat Thins.
If you'd like to add some fresh fruit to your presentation, try a variety of grapes, sliced opal apples (they don't brown when sitting out!), sliced pears, and/or fresh berries.
Other appetizers to pair it with
If you're making this baked brie with fig jam for an appetizer, I recommend serving it with this caramelized butternut squash toast, these tasty cream cheese sausage balls, a platter of bacon wrapped dates, or even some cajun deviled eggs.
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Baked Brie with Fig Jam
- 1 8 oz wheel brie
- 1 sheet puff pastry thawed
- 3 tbsp fig jam
- 4 dried figs optional
- 1 egg white whisked
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- kosher salt
- Preheat your oven to 400F degrees.
- Place egg white in a small bowl and whisk until its thoroughly beaten.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lay thawed puff pastry on the baking sheet and place the brie in the center.
- Add fig jam to the brie and then top with sliced dried figs.
- Carefully pull the 4 edges of the puff pastry to the center and seal with a little bit of egg white. Then pull the rest of the pastry that’s sticking out to the center and seal with more egg white.
- Brush the exterior of the puff pastry with egg white was then add a few rosemary sprigs on top.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until the puff pastry is golden.
- Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting in.