Creamy warm brie, sweet fig jam, rich balsamic glaze, crunchy roasted hazelnuts and fresh sage combine for the most indulgent flavour and will definitely be a crowd-pleaser. I’m not one for shopping, but when I had my eyes set on this cute sage green brie baker, I knew I had to buy it. My mouth watered as I drove to the store and imagined decadent, creamy, savoury brie cheese with sweet fig jam on a freshly baked piece of bread.
Delicious Baked Brie is a quick appetizer with maximum flavour and minimal effort – prepare it ahead of time and pop it in the oven just before your guests arrive. A quick and easy appetizer recipe that can be easily customized to your tastes or guests’ preferences!
Or elevate your charcuterie board during the holiday season (or really any time of the year!) with this sweet, savoury, crunchy, and irresistibly creamy baked brie with fig jam recipe. You may also want to include popular Greek dips like tzatziki, tirokafteri, or taramasalata to your appetizer platter.
- You can use a brie baker or an oven-safe shallow baking dish or place the wheel of brie on parchment paper on a baking sheet. If you’re using a brie baker, don’t cover the brie with the lid while you’re baking it in the oven.
- I use a hot pad just in case when placing the brie baker on top of a charcuterie board or any surface.
- The flavour of baked creamy brie cheese can be customized to your tastes with different jams like apricot jam, hot pepper jam, or honey. You can top it with fresh herbs of your liking. I love using fresh sage, but other herbs can be used, like fresh thyme or rosemary.
Brie cheese: You can use any type of brie cheese that you like. Triple cream brie has a higher fat content, so it may be a little runnier when it’s melted. It’s still very delicious, tho!
Fig jam: You should be able to find fig jam at your local grocery store or Costco. If not, you can order it online at Amazon (I like Dalmatia Fig Spread because it’s not too sweet), or your local Mediterranean or Greek deli should have fig jam as well.
Balsamic glaze: My favourite balsamic glaze is Nonna Pia’s classic balsamic glaze, but you can use any balsamic glaze that you like or have at home. Just make sure it’s a balsamic glaze (reduction) and not only balsamic vinegar. Balsamic glaze is balsamic vinegar that has been reduced, so it’s thicker and sweeter.
Roasted hazelnuts: These may be a little harder to find, but I did find them in the bulk section at Whole Foods. You won’t need a lot for this recipe, and I like to crush the roasted hazelnuts into smaller pieces before placing them on top of the brie. Nuts have a high fat content, so they can burn quickly, but I left the brie in the oven for almost 20 minutes, and the hazelnuts didn’t burn.
HOW TO MAKE BAKED BRIE WITH FIG JAM: STEP BY STEP
STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 350° F on bake.
STEP 2: Unwrap the brie and place the wheel of brie cheese in the brie baker or in a baking dish lined with parchment paper.
STEP 3: Cover the top of the brie with fig jam, chopped roasted hazelnuts, and a sprig of fresh sage. Place the brie baker on the middle rack in your oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. To check if the brie is done, use the back of a spoon to press down lightly on the brie. If it feels very soft, then the brie is done and should be removed from the oven. You may also start to see gooey brie cheese come out of the sides, which means it’s ready, too!
STEP 4: Now, for the best part, place the brie baker on a heat-resistant surface or hot pad, drizzle with balsamic glaze, and use a small knife to cut into the creamy melted brie. Serve immediately with pita chips, baguette slices, dried figs, or really anything that you’d like to spread creamy brie on top of!
WHAT IS BRIE CHEESE?
Brie cheese is a soft-ripened cheese made from cow’s milk that originated in an area in Northern France called Brie. Brie cheese has a rich buttery flavour and melts easily.
DO YOU TAKE THE RIND OFF THE BRIE BEFORE BAKING?
There’s no need to! Simply place the whole wheel of brie as it is in the brie baker or in a baking dish lined with parchment paper. If you remove too much of the rind before baking the wheel of brie, the cheese will melt too quickly. The brie rind holds in the cheese as it bakes.
DO YOU EAT THE RIND OF BRIE?
Yes! You can eat the rind of brie. The white rind is soft and delicious.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF BRIE IS DONE?
Gently touch or use the back of a spoon to press down on the centre of the brie. If it feels as if it’s going to collapse, then it’s done. You can also check to see if the brie cheese is oozing out the sides. If you are baking a larger wheel of brie (more than 300 grams), then it may need up to 25 minutes in the oven.
WHAT TYPE OF BRIE IS BEST FOR BAKING?
Any type of brie that you love will work for this recipe!
STORING AND RE-HEATING
The only downside of melted brie cheese is that it doesn’t keep very well in the fridge. Baked brie is best enjoyed hot and served quickly after it’s removed from the oven. To retain the heat, you can place the lid on the brie baker after it’s out of the oven or easily re-heat the baked brie in the microwave (uncovered) in 15-20 second intervals until it’s melted again.
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Creamy Baked Brie With Sweet Fig Jam
- brie baker
- 1 wheel of brie cheese 300 grams
- 4 tablespoons of fig jam you can add more if you’d like!
- 1-2 tablespoons balsamic glaze
- 3 tablespoons crushed roasted hazelnuts
- 1 fresh sage sprig
- Preheat the oven to 350° F on bake.
- Unwrap the brie and place the wheel of brie cheese in the brie baker or in a baking dish lined with parchment paper.
- Cover the top of the brie with fig jam, crushed roasted hazelnuts, and a sprig of fresh sage. Place the brie baker on the middle rack in the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. To check if the brie is done, use the back of a spoon to press down lightly on the centre of the brie cheese. If it feels very soft, then the brie is done and ready to be removed from the oven. You may also start to see gooey brie cheese come out of the sides, if that's the case, then it's ready too!
- Now, for the best part, place the brie baker on a heat-resistant surface, drizzle with balsamic glaze, and use a small knife to cut into the creamy melted brie. Serve immediately with pita chips, baguette slices, dried figs, or really anything that you'd like to spread creamy brie cheese on top of.
- You can use a brie baker, an oven-safe shallow baking dish, or place the wheel of brie on parchment paper on a baking sheet. If you're using a brie baker, don't cover the brie with the lid while you're baking it in the oven.
Date Published: October 3, 2022