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This incredible baked brie-in-puff pastry is stuffed with sour cherry jam, baked until golden brown, and served with caramel, pecans, and dried cherries. You will be blown away by the amazing flavor combinations in this.
Whenever there is a get-together or party, there is nothing like a full assortment spread of delicious appetizers. If you want to impress your guests, check out my oysters Rockefeller, or arancini balls.
Baked Brie in Puff Pastry
Baked brie in puff pastry, also known as brie en croute, is brie cheese enclosed in puff pastry, or shortcrust dough, brushed with egg wash and baked until golden brown, and the cheese is melted. This is a popular appetizer that is commonly served with crackers or crostini.
There are many ways to customize this recipe by adding sweet or sour jams onto the brie before wrapping it in the puff pastry. In addition, there can be several toppings like nuts, and fresh, or dried fruits to accompany the recipe.
- Brie – I used a 6” round of double cream brie.
- Puff Pastry – My homemade puff pastry recipe is perfect for this, or you can use 1 sheet of thawed pre-frozen puff pastry.
- Pecans – You can use pecan halves or pieces.
- Brown Sugar – This is used in caramel and candied pecans.
- Butter – Always use unsalted butter in your cooking and baking so that you control the salt content.
- Cream – This is for the caramel sauce.
- Jam – I used a sour cherry jam from the grocery store. You can use regular cherry jam or cherry preserves.
- Dried Cherries – Finishing off the recipe with dried cherries add great flavor to this appetizer.
- Eggs – This is used with cream or milk to brush the puff pastry to help make it golden brown.
How to Make Brie en Croute
Roll out the puff pastry until it is a 16”x16” square on a clean, lightly floured surface.
Place the brie in the center of the puff pastry.
Evenly spread the jam on top of the brie.
Grab the top left corner of the puff pastry and fold it diagonally over the brie cheese.
Next, move to the right of the fold, fold it over the first fold, and continue the same gesture around the brie cheese until it’s wrapped up and enclosed. Place on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper.
Whisk together the egg and milk in a small bowl.
Brush the top and sides of the brie in puff pastry in the egg wash and bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.
In the meantime, make the candied pecans following the recipe in the video below or my baked candied pecans recipe. Set to the side.
Next, make the bourbon caramel according to the video below or use my homemade caramel recipe and finish it by whisking in the bourbon. Set it aside.
Remove the brie en croute from the oven and place it on a plate or platter.
Place the candied pecans on top of the brie, bourbon caramel, and dried cherries.
Serve with crackers.
Make-Ahead and Storage
Make-Ahead: You can make the brie en croute without brushing it with egg wash or baking it 1 day ahead of time.
How to Store: Store the baked brie in puff pastry covered in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. This will not freeze well.
How to Reheat: Add the desired amount of baked brie on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper, without the toppings, cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375° for 15 to 20 minutes or until hot and the cheese is melted.
Chef Notes + Tips
- You can use smaller brie rounds in this recipe.
- Feel free to substitute the cherry jam with your favorite jam or preserves. If you do this, you will want to skip the dried cherry garnish in this recipe.
- Croute is French for “crust.”
More Appetizer Recipes
- Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
- Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches
- Crudité Platter
- Smoked Salmon
Baked Brie in Puff Pastry (Brie en Croute)
- 1/3 puff pastry recipe
- 1 6” brie cheese round
- ¼ cup cherry jam
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon whole milk
- ¼ candied pecans recipe
- ½ caramel recipe
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- Preheat the oven to 400°.
- Roll out the puff pastry until it is a 16”x16” square on a clean, lightly floured surface.
- Place the brie in the center of the puff pastry.
- Evenly spread the jam on top of the brie.
- Grab the top left corner of the puff pastry and fold it diagonally over the brie cheese.
- Next, move to the right of the fold and fold it over the first fold and continue the same gesture around the brie cheese until it’s wrapped up and enclosed. Place on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper.
- Whisk together the egg and milk in a small bowl.
- Brush the top and sides of the brie in puff pastry in the egg wash and bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- Once the caramel is done, remove the pot from the cooktop and whisk in the bourbon until combined. Garnish Brie en croute with candied pecans, bourbon caramel, and dried cherries.
I have made renditions of this in the past. BUT this is beyond a doubt the very best.
The topping are perfection and the addition of the jam was much better than the hot pepper sauce I used to use.
thank you so much for trying it!
Fabulous!! While I have made Chefs puff pastry in the past, I used store-bought this time. Homemade would have made this incredibly delicious appetizer even better for sure. As it was, though, it was still wonderful!