Baked Brie (with a cutout)
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Baked brie is the ultimate, hassle-free appetizer that’s ready in less than 20 minutes. Perfect for get-togethers & holiday parties.
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Why you’ll love this recipe:
Who can resist oozing, melty cheese drizzled with honey or jam, right? But what is brie, exactly, and why all the fuss?
Brie is a soft-ripened, buttery cheese encased in an edible white rind. It’s rich, decadent, and swoon-worthy, especially once it’s hot and melty.
- Quick and easy to prepare!
- Crowd-pleasing appetizer for the holidays.
- Effortlessly impressive for any occasion.
Key Ingredients & Tools:
- Brie cheese – Feel free to purchase any size wheel of brie, up to 16 ounces. I typically buy an eight-ounce wheel because it’s the most commonly sold at grocery stores. The only thing to change is the baking time. A large wheel takes a few minutes longer to bake.
- Parchment paper – Brie can be baked in a shallow dish, but I find it better to bake it on parchment paper to easily transfer hot brie. Baked brie is best enjoyed immediately.
- Sheet pan – Place the crumpled parchment paper onto a sheet pan with sides. If you do have leakage, it won’t ooze off the pan and into the bottom of the oven. Also, I find this 5-inch cast iron skillet perfect for 8oz wheel of brie!
How to bake a Brie cheese:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Transfer the brie onto the baking sheet lined with a parchment paper.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. For a very soft and runny brie, bake 20 minutes. For a slightly thicker cheese pull, bake 15 minutes.
- Carefully remove the sheet pan from the oven. Grasp the sides of the parchment and transfer to a serving plate.
- Drizzle with honey, maple syrup or top with jam. Serve immediately with crackers, crostini, grapes, apple slices or any fruit you like.
I find these hamburger patty papers super convenient. No cutting necessary!
Alternative cooking methods:
- Microwave – Don’t want to heat up the kitchen? Microwave the wheel of brie instead! Microwave on a piece of parchment paper for 2 minutes total, in 30-second increments. Carefully transfer to a serving dish.
- Air fryer – Place the unwrapped brie into a shallow dish that fits into your air fryer. Air fry at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 to 10 minutes.
How to do Brie cutout:
If you’d like to add a festive twist for your brie cheeseboard, cut out a desired shape on top of brie before baking! It’s also perfect for adding layer of jam!
- Slice about third of the cheese horizontally with a long sharp knife.
- Place the top layer on a cutting board and place a cookie cutter in the center. Press it all the way down and then gently remove it.
- Spread jam over the the bottom of the cheese.
- Place the top layer with cutout center over the jam.
It’s easier to cut the cheese when it’s cold.
Tips for Success:
- Feel free to use budget-friendly brie for this recipe! Or if it’s in your budget, spring for expensive brie. Double, triple cream, or even goat’s milk brie are great options. They all look and taste divine!
- Transfer the hot cheese to a shallow serving dish or curved plate, otherwise it will be difficult to scoop.
- If you can’t find brie, camembert is a great swap! Camembert is slightly more intense with an earthier taste.
- To check the brie, carefully press the top of it. If it’s very soft to the touch, it’s ready to serve.
- Check the baked brie at the 15 minute mark. Overbaked brie hardens with an undesirable texture.
- Sweet toppings pair well with the decadent and rich center. Try jam, honey or maple syrup, then add some walnuts for crunch!
- Unopened baby brie last up to 8 weeks in the refrigerator. I like to buy several wheels before the holidays, in case I have unexpected guests!
- Store brie cheese in the warmer area of your refrigerator, like the vegetable drawer.
- Once you open the brie, it will only last 1 to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
- Wrap opened brie in wax paper and seal with a piece of tape. Brie needs to breathe, so avoid wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap.
- Reheat brie in the microwave for 30 seconds or so, then check if it’s melty.
Nope! Not only does it hold the melted cheese inside while it bakes, but it’s edible and tastes delicious! Don’t forget to scoop some rind up with your cheese.
Bake brie until the top feels soft to the touch and the center is melted. For an 8-ounce wheel of brie at 350 degrees, it should take approximately 15 minutes.
Melty cheese needs dippers! Serve with multigrain crackers, water crackers, or crostini for dipping. But don’t stop there, serve alongside fresh or dried fruit, jam, or fruit chutney for a burst of flavor.
Apricot jam is a popular choice, but fig jam, raspberry preserves, or orange marmalade are great options too!
It depends on what else you serve with it, but typically 1 to 1 1/2 ounces per person is ideal. This means an 8-ounce wheel of baked brie should serve 6 to 8 people. I like to say six, just to be on the safe side.
More Cheese Board Ideas:
- 8 oz. wheel of brie cheese Note 1
In the oven:
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Place a crumpled piece of parchment paper onto a sheet pan. Place the wheel of brie onto the center of the pan/parchment.
- Bake the brie for 15 minutes, or until the top is soft to the touch. If it isn't soft and melted through, bake for 5 more minutes.
- Carefully remove the pan from the oven and grasp the edges of the parchment paper with your hands. Transfer the brie on the parchment to a shallow serving dish.
- If desired, drizzle with honey. Enjoy immediately with crackers or crostini.
In the microwave:
- Place the brie onto a piece of parchment paper in the microwave.
- Microwave for 2 minutes in 30-second increments, checking after each one.
- Carefully transfer to a serving dish and enjoy immediately.
In the air fryer:
- Preheat your air fryer to 375°F.
- Place the brie into a shallow serving dish that fits inside your air fryer.
- Air fry for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the top feels soft and the cheese is melted.
Tips & Notes
– Unopened baby brie wheels last up to 8 weeks in the refrigerator.
– Store brie cheese in the warmer areas of your refrigerator, like the vegetable drawer.
– Once the brie has been opened, it will only last 1 to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
– Wrap opened brie in wax paper and seal with a piece of tape. Brie needs to breathe, so avoid wrapping it in plastic wrap.