This gooey baked brie with fig jam is packed with natural sweetness and aromatics from honey, rosemary, and chives. It’s soft, crunchy, sweet, and tart in every bite! It’s the perfect appetizer, plus it’s super pretty on a serving plate for the holidays.
Easy Baked Brie with Fig Jam
Topped with caramelized honey and chopped walnuts, this simple baked brie with fig jam is a warm and melty appetizer everyone will love. Although the cheese will be super gooey, lots of chopped walnuts will add a bit of crunch. Sliced apples also add bursts of tart juiciness to balance out the flavors. For the ultimate wow-factor, don’t forget a sprinkle of fresh rosemary and fragrant chives. Served with homemade toasted baguettes, get ready to impress all your guests this holiday season.
Why You’ll Love This Baked Brie Appetizer
This fine dining-looking appetizer only takes 20 minutes!
- Homemade. Nothing beats choosing your favorite ingredient brands to add to any recipe.
- Fresh. You know exactly when it was made and know there are no funny ingredients in it either.
- Easy but fancy. Even beginner cooks can nail this if they set a timer on their phones to remember to remove it from the oven.
- Prep friendly. Assemble the cheese in advance and have all the toppings ready that way all you have to do is pop it into the oven the day of your event.
What You’ll Need
Brie and baguettes will always scream French cuisine. Check the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact amounts.
- Brie cheese – Make sure it’s a wheel and not a wedge.
- Raw honey – Maple syrup and agave nectar are great swaps.
- Fig jam – I prefer organic or sugar-free versions.
- Walnuts – Pecans and almonds work too.
- Rosemary – Use fresh or dried.
- Chives – Feel free to use the green part of green onions.
- Baguette – Fresh or stale is fine.
- Sliced apples – They add natural sweetness and crunch.
You can bring a new variation of baked brie to all your end-of-year gatherings.
- Swap the spread. Apricot, blackberry, strawberry, and pear jam are great swaps for fig jam in this recipe. For a sweet and savory recipe, try a strawberry-chipotle jam.
- Use more toppings. Cranberry-orange chutney, prosciutto, and sliced peaches are amazing toppings.
- Make it savory. Swap the jam for sun-dried tomatoes or pesto. Add olive oil or balsamic vinegar instead of honey for an ultra savory baked brie.
- Make it crispy. Wrap the cheese with puff pastry or crescent roll dough. Brush it with egg wash. Bake it at 350F for 30 minutes or until golden.
How to Make Baked Brie with Fig Jam
Baked brie is all about toasty bread and a perfectly melty cheese with your favorite toppings. Check the recipe card at the bottom of the post for more detailed instructions.
For the Toasted Baguettes
- Prep the oven. Preheat your oven to 400F. Arrange the baguette slices in a baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake. Spray the baguette slices lightly with cooking spray. This helps them get crispy. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the slices are golden. Remove them from the oven and let it cool.
Preparing the Brie
- Prepare the baking tray. Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Don’t use foil because it can stick.
- Score it. Place your round of brie cheese on the lined baking sheet. Using a knife, make shallow cuts (score) on the top of the brie to help it absorb the flavors.
- Add sweetness. Drizzle raw honey evenly over the top of the brie.
- Spread the jam. Take your fig jam and spread it evenly over the brie.
- Bake it. Pop it into the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes. It should be soft and gooey.
- Add toppings. Remove it from the oven. Add chopped walnuts, fresh rosemary, and chives on top for extra flavor and presentation. Drizzle with more honey if you like. Serve and enjoy.
Tips for Success
You’ll make any baked brie appetizer seem like it was made by a Michelin-star chef if you follow these tips and tricks.
- Bake it in the wheel. Brie can be baked inside the base of its wooden packaging as long as the ends are sealed with a staple and not glue. If there’s lots of plastic or stickers along the base, it’s best not to bake it in the packaging because it’ll melt or burn.
- Keep the rind. Some people like to remove the rind on brie. Never do this for baked brie without puff pastry otherwise you’ll just get a melty blob of cheese.
- Cover it. If your cheese is beginning to brown along the edges or top, cover it with foil for the remainder of the baking time so it doesn’t burn.
- Watch the time. Set a timer on your phone so you don’t forget to remove the cheese from the oven. Baking it for too long will make it rubbery.
What to Serve with Baked Brie
This baked brie with fig jam is a great appetizer leading up to your holiday dinner! Try my No Fuss Thanksgiving Turkey for an easy main. My Maple Smoked Turkey is another holiday favorite. For salad inspiration, pair it with my Kale Salad with Cranberries. Don’t forget some Green Beans and Scalloped Potatoes as veggie sides.
Can This Be Prepared Ahead of Time?
Yes, but don’t bake it until right before serving if you want a super gooey brie. Toast the baguettes up to 3 days in advance and keep them in an airtight container. As for the cheese, score it, add the honey and jam, and refrigerate it for up to 2 days. Pop it into the oven before your guests arrive for the best texture.
Once fully cooled, refrigerate it in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Keep it away from strong smelling foods like onions to avoid the transfer of odors. To reheat it, pop it into the microwave for up to a minute or until warm. You can also heat it in the oven at 300F for 15 minutes.
More Holiday Appetizers
- Sweet & Savory Holiday Appetizer Bites
- Easy Spinach and Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
- Assorted Holiday Goat Cheese Balls
- Crockpot Cranberry BBQ Meatballs
- Caprese Chicken Skewers with Balsamic Glaze
This easy baked brie with fig jam recipe is the perfect holiday appetizer with caramelized honey, walnuts, and sliced apples.
- 1 round of brie cheese
- 1 –2 tablespoons raw honey, drizzle
- 2–3 tablespoons of fig jam
- 1/3 cup of walnuts, finely chopped
- fresh herbs: chopped rosemary and chives
- 1 baguette loaf, sliced
- optional: sliced apples
For Toasted Baguettes:
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Arrange baguette slices in a single layer. Spray with cooking spray.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove bread from the oven and let rest.
Fig Jam Brie:
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the round of brie on baking sheet. Score the brie with a knife.
- Drizzle the top of the brie round with raw honey.
- Evenly spread fig jam on top.
- Bake for 15 -18 minutes.
- Top with walnuts, rosemary, chives and more honey if you’d like. Serve with toasted baguettes or slices of apple.
- Place figs on baking sheet and top each with a drizzle of olive oil.
- Serving Size: 1 oz. (without bread)
- Calories: 118
- Sugar: 4 g
- Sodium: 9 mg
- Fat: 9 g
- Saturated Fat: 4 g
- Carbohydrates: 4 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 4 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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