Puff Pastry Brie

Is there anything more indulgent than a baked brie? You may also call it by its French moniker, Brie en Croute. The puffy, crispy layers of puff pastry encasing warm, gooey triple-cream cheese is #holidayappetizergoals. Usually, I use cranberry sauce, but I gave this Brie en Croute / Baked Brie with Pepper Jelly a little Southern twist. Pepper jelly is exactly what it sounds like: a jelly made out of peppers, both mild and hot. It’s delicious. A sweet and spicy starter served with cream cheese and crackers (or if you’re feeling fancy, some goat cheese).

How to Make Baked Brie

This four-ingredient Brie en Croute / Baked Brie with Pepper Jelly appetizer is incredibly easy to prepare. It’s simply a matter of rolling out a thawed sheet of frozen puff pastry, placing the cheese in the middle, spooning a few tablespoons of your favorite jam or preserves on top, and folding the pastry over into a neat little package. Brushed with an egg wash, this Baked Brie bakes up into crispy, buttery deliciousness in about thirty minutes.

What not to do

One word of caution: don’t cut the rind off in an effort to make it “gooier.” It will result in a Brie explosion (I learned this the hard way). It sounds like a good idea. The cleanup isn’t fun. This Baked Brie is gooey enough with the rind of the Brie intact.

Baked Brie on a Platter

Other filling ideas

One of the fantastic things about this baked brie recipe is its versatility. You could use any sweet or savory jam: fig, apricot, and cranberry sauce have been successes in the past. Alternatively, you could drizzle some honey over the finished baked brie and scatter on some chopped, toasted pecans. The options are endless. Customize it to your taste.

I really like the sweet and savory element here with the pepper jelly. Other savory filling ideas are mushroom or olive tapenade, bacon and onion jam, or finely chopped walnuts or pecans.

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Brie en Croute / Baked Brie with Pepper Jelly

Delicious and gooey, this baked brie/brie en croute is the perfect appetizer for a Southern holiday.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine French
Keyword baked brie, brie en croute, brie with pepper jelly
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 118 kcal
Author Amanda

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry thawed
  • 1 wheel Brie cheese 8 to 12 ounces, 5- to 7-inch diameter
  • 1 egg large, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons pepper jelly red or green
  • Baguette slices or crackers to serve

Instructions

Instructions

  1. Warm the oven to 400°F: Place an oven rack in the middle position.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside, or bake your brie in a pie plate.
  3. Roll out the puff pastry: Dust your counter with a small amount of flour (optional).
  4. Unwrap your puff pastry and place it on the counter. Rub your rolling pin with a little flour and roll the puff pastry until you have a large rectangle.
  5. Place the round of brie in the middle of the pastry.
  6. Top with pepper jelly.
  7. Fold the corners over the brie, forming a neat package.
  8. Use your hand to gently press the edges against the brie and neaten up the sides.
  9. Transfer the wrapped brie to the baking sheet or pie plate.
  10. Brush the pastry all over with the beaten egg.
  11. Be sure to get the sides and around the folds.
  12. Try not to let the egg puddle under the brie.
  13. Bake the brie until the pastry is deep golden-brown, 35 to 40 minutes.
  14. Allow to cool 5 to 10 minutes: This gives the hot cheese time to firm up a little. Cut into the brie early and most of it will gush right out — which is still delicious, but less tidy.
  15. Use the parchment paper to transfer the brie to a serving plate.
  16. If you baked it in a pie plate, serve straight from the plate, but double check that the plate has cooled enough to handle.
  17. Arrange sliced baguette or crackers around the brie and serve while warm.
Nutrition Facts
Brie en Croute / Baked Brie with Pepper Jelly
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 57mg2%
Potassium 18mg1%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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3 thoughts on “Brie en Croute / Baked Brie with Pepper Jelly”

  1. I spied a jar of of Praline Pecan pepper jelly at Fresh Market-I wonder if it would work w a bleu cheese?

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