Baked Brie With Jam (One Pan)
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Quick and easy baked brie recipe with jam, homemade with simple ingredients in one pan in 15 minutes. This cheese wheel is topped with apricot preserves, walnuts, cranberries.
This has become a staple appetizer for so many holiday parties that I have been too. It is quick and easy to make, yet adds both elegance and decadence to your tablescape. The creamy brie is the perfect compliment to sweet apricot jam, tart cranberries, and crunchy savory nuts. Talk about a perfectly balanced bite. Yum! These Cranberry Brie Bites (One Pan), Mini Cheese Balls (One Bowl), and Cranberry Salsa With Cream Cheese (One Pot) are all cheese based appetizers like this baked brie, and are very popular during the holidays.
How to make easy baked brie recipe with jam (apricot) in oven?
- Bake brie– In a cast-iron pan until it’s soft and warm.
- Remove from oven– Add toppings including apricot jam, dried cranberries, and walnuts.
- Serve warm– With crackers. Enjoy.
- Brie– You can use a wheel or wedge.
- Jam– I used apricot jam for this recipe.
- Dried fruit– Such as cranberries.
- Nuts– I used roughly chopped pecans.
How do you know when the brie is ready and done?
You will know it’s ready when you tap it on the sides or the center and it wiggles slightly. That means the inside has melted nicely. If you are using a wedge instead of a cheese wheel, the cheese will start to slightly ooze our from the sides and that’s how you know it is done.
What to serve with baked brie cheese wheel?
- Toasted Baguette
- Apple slices
- Pear slices
- Pita bread or crackers
Variations for melted brie appetizer
Wrap it in puff pastry– Then bake until the pastry is golden brown.
Wrap it in proscuitto– For a savory and heartier version.
Pull-apart bread– Slice a loaf such as sourdough in cross-sections (like a grid without cutting all the way through), and then insert slices of cold brie. Wrap it in foil and bake at 350 until cheese is melted.
Wrap it in crescent roll dough– Instead of using a puff pastry.
Make a quesadilla– With brie, pears, and honey.
Make toast– Melt slices of brie on top of toast with whatever toppings you prefer.
Baked brie toppings
- Nuts– Such as toasted and chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds.
- Dried fruits– Like cranberries, cherries, or blueberries.
- Jam– Fig jam is popular as well as cranberry jam and even strawberry jam/ preserves.
- Garlic chili oil
- Onion garlic jam
- Red pepper jelly
- Diced fresh fruit- Such as apples or pears.
- Balsamic glaze– With fresh strawberries.
- Sun-dried tomatoes– With artichokes.
- Pumpkin spiced caramel– With roasted pumpkin seeds.
- Herbs– Such as rosemary or thyme.
- Caramelized onions
Tips and techniques
Can you heat in microwave instead of oven? Yes, you can use the microwave just as easily as the oven. Keep an eye on it too not over-heat.
Can brie be served at room temperature? Yes, it just won’t be ooey gooey, and you would have to cut slices.
What size brie to use? I recommend an 8-12 oz wheel for this recipe, but you can adjust to your needs.
Serve immediately– While the brie is still warm and ooey- gooey.
Where to get orange flavored cranberries? Trader Joe’s sells these and they are absolutely delicious in this recipe.
Roughly chop the nuts– To make getting a bit of each topping possible in one bite.
What is the white covering on the cheese wheel? Do you take the rind off brie before baking?
This is the rind of the cheese which is actually white mold that is patted down to form the rind. It is in fact edible, and does not need to be removed before baking.
Brie vs Camembert. What is the difference?
There are two big differences between these cheeses. Camembert has a stronger flavor than brie, and has a lower fat content than brie.
Make ahead instructions– You can’t really make this ahead of time unless you don’t want to bake it. Then you can assemble the brie with toppings, and store it in the fridge until you are ready to serve it. Add the nuts as you are ready to serve so they don’t become soggy.
Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 3 days.
Freeze– I do not recommend freezing this cheese because of the delicate nature of the dairy. It will not thaw well at all.
Reheat– In the microwave.
More easy one pot appetizer recipes
- Easy Reuben Roll Ups (One Pan)
- Potato Fritters/ Aloo Pakora (One Pot)
- Crispy Fried Cheese Curds (One Pan)
- Cheesy Spinach Puffs (One Pan)
- Stuffed Mini Peppers (One Pan)
Baked Brie With Apricot Jam (One Pan)
- Place the brie in a small cast iron or oven-safe dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or until it's soft and warm. You will know it's done when you tap it on the sides or the center and it wiggles slightly. That means the inside has melted nicely.
- Remove from oven and add spoonfuls of apricot jam on top.
- Sprinkle dried cranberries and walnuts.
- Serve warm with crackers. Enjoy.
- Read all my tips above.
- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheated in the microwave.