Baked Brie with Jam in puff pastry (Brie en croute) is an easy appetizer recipe with brie cheese, orange marmalade and dried cranberries wrapped in puff pastry dough and baked until the pastry is golden and flaky and the cheese is melted. Perfect for the holiday season!
We have been making this baked brie recipe with jam on Thanksgiving and Christmas for a few years now. Known as Brie en Croûte, or baked Brie in puff pastry, this Brie recipe looks fancy, but it's very easy to make!
Puff pastry comes in a box, and all you have to do is thaw it. You can roll it out slightly, wrap the brie in pastry and bake!
Brie is a soft, mellow, buttery cheese. So, I like to add extra flavor by topping the Brie with orange marmalade and dried cranberries.
Easy baked Brie is the perfect appetizer for the holidays or whenever you want to impress your guests!
You only need a few ingredients for this cranberry baked Brie recipe. You should be able to find them in your local grocery store:
- Wheel of Brie cheese
- Puff pastry -- look for it in the freezer aisle
- Jam -- I use orange marmalade
- Dried cranberries
- Egg -- for the egg wash
You will also need a rolling pin, baking sheet and parchment paper or foil
How to Make Baked Brie with Jam in Puff Pastry
The first thing you will need to do is set out your puff pastry to thaw. Follow the directions on the box.
Next, preheat the oven to 400 degrees f. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Gently roll the puff pastry sheet so that it's even. You don't have to roll it much. In fact, if you forget this step, just pat it carefully with your fingers until it's soft and malleable.
Next, take the Brie out of it's wrapping. You do not have to let it come to room temperature.
Can you eat the rind on Brie? Yes, you can! The brie rind is safe to eat, and becomes soft when baked -- you won't even know it's there!
Place the Brie on the center of the sheet of puff pastry. Then, spread the marmalade over the top of the wheel of brie, and place dried cranberries on top of the jam.
Now, you can either fold up the edges of the puff pastry. Or, you can quickly flip the cheese over so that the jam side is touching the pastry.
I've made this brie appetizer both ways, and both are fine. The only difference is whether you want a smooth top or the folded layers of pastry on top.
This time, I chose to have the folded edges of puff pastry on the bottom. So, I flipped the cheese over.
Press the edges of the puff pastry together so that they form a loose seal.
Now, turn the puff pastry wrapped Brie over again, and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Use a pastry brush or silicone brush to apply the egg wash over the pastry. This is optional, but it adds color and shine to your dough.
Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven. Bake the Brie for 25 to 30 minutes.
The puff pastry should be flaky, firm and golden when done. If it's still soft, it needs more baking time.
Every oven is different, so the pastry may take a little more time to bake. In my oven, 25 minutes is perfect!
Remove the baked Brie from the oven, and allow to rest for about 15 minutes or so before serving. If you slice the cheese too soon, it will gush out of the pastry shell like molten lava!
What to Serve with Brie en Croûte
For a truly stunning presentation, place the warm Brie on a serving platter or standard bread board.
Serve baked Brie with your favorite crackers, pita chips, red grapes and baguette slices. Sliced apples pair well with creamy Brie cheese!
Use a sharp knife to cut into the puff pastry. Then, remove a small wedge of Brie. The melty cheese will flow gently onto the bread board, taking a few cranberries with it.
Now, you're ready to serve this cheesy party appetizer!
The easiest way to customize your brie is by using different flavors of jam. Our favorite jam is orange marmalade -- especially for the holidays. I love the hint of orange zest!
But raspberry jam, raspberry preserves, apricot jam, strawberry jam and strawberry jalapeno jam, and fig jam also work wonderfully and are perfect any time of the year.
Top the brie roll with whatever dried or fresh fruit you like, such as dried figs, fresh raspberries, or orange slices.
Sprinkle different nuts, maple syrup, or a drizzle of honey on top of the cheese.
If you don't want the puff pastry, bake your brie in a small oven-safe dish, preferably a baking dish which is round. If you can't find puff pastry, you can substitute crescent roll dough.
How to Store
When your guests are done tearing into this cheesy party appetizer, make sure that the brie is at room temperature or cooler before storing it in an airtight container.
The cranberry baked brie will keep for 3 to 4 days covered and in the refrigerator.
To reheat Brie in puff pastry, microwave on low power or bake in the oven.
Baked Brie with Jam
- 8 ounce wheel of Brie
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- ¼ cup orange marmalade
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- Thaw the puff pastry according to package directions
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Place the thawed puff pastry sheet on a flat surface and roll gently with rolling pin until even and soft
- Place the wheel of Brie on the center of puff pastry
- Spread orange marmalade over the top of the Brie, and top with dried cranberries
- Quickly flip Brie over so that marmalade side is touching the pastry. Gently fold the edges of puff pastry over the wheel of Brie, and press together to seal
- Flip the Brie over and place on prepared baking sheet so that smooth side is on top
- Crack an egg into a small bowl, and whisk with fork. Use pastry brush or silicone brush to apply egg wash over pastry
- Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until pastry is golden and flaky
- Remove from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes or so before serving
I hope you enjoy this elegant appetizer. It is sure to one-up your average cheese plates, and it's one of the easiest appetizers you can make!
For this baked Brie recipe cranberry orange is the perfect flavor. But, be sure to try other flavors throughout the year!
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