Say hello the best appetizer/dessert/delectable treat you will ever feast your eyes upon.. I was introduced to this concept a couple of years back when my sister in law brought it to Christmas Eve dinner. It was so delightfully different. So I decided to make my own. This Baked Brie with Apricot Preserves is sweet, but also savory. So creamy, ooey gooey and melt in your mouth delicious. It’s truly the perfect appetizer for any party!
I’ve always loved cheese. However, I must admit, the cheese I ate was never the fancy kind. My childhood consisted of bringing a string cheese stick with me to lunch and peeling it. I don’t trust those who eat string cheese in whole bites! Another example of my childhood cheese adventures would be shredded cheese. All the time. I would even go as far as putting extra shredded cheese in my little Easy Mac cup after I warmed it up the microwave. Wow, I was ahead of my time, y’all.
Needless to say, I never even really knew what brie was until I was older. The only types of cheese that were in my life were as followed: cheddar, mozzarella, and velveeta – you know, that super processed but delicious cheese? Yup. I soon began to learn about brie, gruyere, pepper jack and enjoying all of the super sharp flavors of them all. It was like a whole new cheese universe.
So, when I was deciding the treats I would be baking this holiday season, I KNEW this had to be on my list. As much as I love Christmas cookies, this dish will serve as a nice break between the overly sweet treats.
This dish has the perfect combination of sweet and savory. It also somehow completely nails the crispy outside and the melt in your mouth inside. It blends so many flavors and textures together, you may just explode with joy while eating it.
And did I mention it’s easy? Seriously! All you do is thaw out a piece of puff pastry, place the brie in the middle, put jam on the top and then fold it up. Bake it and you’ll feel like a freaking pastry chef.
The caramelization on top of this beauty is TO DIE FOR. SERIOUSLY JUST LOOK AT IT!!! When you cut into it, it literally just melts out cheese and jam. It’s. so. rich. and. decadent. Also, you can add any type of preserves! I just prefer the apricot.
If you wanted to make this dish extremely classy, I would recommend putting it on a cutting board and forming a cute little cheese board! Complete with nuts, crackers, fruit, extra cheese, etc. That would really wow your guests at your next party! Or you can just be like me – and eat it straight off the pan with a fork. No judgement here!
Enjoy this, y’all. It’s one of my favorites.
Baked Brie with Apricot Preserves
A sweet, savory dish that's filled with oooey gooey brie and sweet apricot preserves.
- 8 oz. brie
- 1 sheet thawed puff pastry
- 2-3 tbsp apricot preserves (you can use any kind you'd like!)
- 1 beaten egg
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Roll out your sheet of thawed puff pastry. Spread out on counter top with flour under it in needed. Roll out the pastry until the edges are even, just enough to get the crinkles out at the ends.
Place brie in the center of the pastry. Add 2-3 tbsps of apricot preserves to completely cover the top of brie.
Wrap the brie up neatly - one side at a time.
Beat one egg. Brush onto pastry until fully covered.
Move onto lined baked sheet and bake for 35 minutes. Let it cool for 10 minutes.
Serve hot with crackers, fruit, or just eat with a fork! Enjoy.