Baked Brie with Fig Jam is one of my favorite holiday recipes because it’s so easy to throw together and is so delicious too! It also looks so pretty when baked in a cast-iron skillet and garnished with fresh red grapes and toasty baguette slices.
What is Baked Brie?
Baked brie is a popular holiday appetizer that involves baking a whole wheel a brie in the oven until warm and gooey. It’s then spread on toast, crackers, or crusty french bread.
There are two popular ways to serve baked brie. You can either do it the easy way by baking your brie with jam, nuts, and dried fruits or take a bit more time to create a baked brie in puff pastry.
Both types of baked brie are equally delicious, but I’d say the baked brie with jam is a much quicker and easier way to go if you are pressed for time.
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What to Serve with Baked Brie?
Baked brie is great with fig jam, raspberry jam or apricot jam. It’s a pretty rich appetizer so a little goes a long way. In addition to dried fruit and nuts, some fresh fruit is also great for cutting the richness.
I like to serve grapes, apples, or pears with the brie and encourage guests to place them on top of brie once it’s spread on the toast or cracker.
HOW TO MAKE BAKED BRIE WITH JAM
STEP #1: Place Brie in Oven Safe Casserole Dish
Personally I love to use the 6″ mini cast-iron skillet from Lodge.
An 80z wheel of brie fits in this little skillet perfectly and the heat that’s retained from the cast-iron will keep the brie warmer longer. And then you can use it later for my Warm Chocolate Skillet Cakes too! (This link goes to Amazon where I am compensated on products sold at no cost to the consumer)
STEP#2: Spread Fig Jam on Brie
Dollop at least 2 tablespoons of fig jam on top of the brie and spread it until the entire surface is covered.
After the brie is warm and gooey it will combine with the fig jam and create the most delicious flavor combination. It’s typically at that moment that I wish I added a bit more jam. So don’t skimp on this step!
Then to counteract the sweetness of the jam, I also like to add some fresh rosemary, which is also a great flavor combination with the fig. But you could swap that out for some fresh orange zest too that would also be delicious!
STEP#3: Top with Nuts and Dried Fruit
At this stage, you really could add whatever you like. That’s the great part about this recipe. In fact, if you have a crowd you could make 2-3 of these mini baked brie skillets and use different jams and toppings for each.
Suggested Baked Brie Topping Combinations:
- Raspberry Jam, Dried Cherries, and Almonds
- Apricot Jam, Candied Ginger, and Pistachios
- Honey, Thyme, and Walnuts
Personally, I go with chopped pecans and sliced dried figs, but get creative and find the combinations you like best!
STEP#4: Bake at 375F for 15 minutes
That’s all it takes! Seriously, could this be any easier? The brie can be prepped ahead of time with the jam and the nuts and then 15-minutes before guests are due to arrive pop it in the oven. That way as soon as they arrive you are ready to greet them with some warm gooey brie, sure to take off winter’s chill!
The baguette toasts can also be made ahead of time and kept at room temperature. Since the brie will be so hot, the toasts are fine at room temperature.
STEP#5: Garnish and Serve!
It’s best to place your warm brie on a cutting board or wooden charger since your casserole will be hot.
This will also provide additional room to add things like grapes, sliced apples or pears, dried apricots, toast or crackers. It makes for quite the festive display!
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- 8 oz (230g) wheel of brie
- 2 tbsp. (30ml) fig jam
- 1 tsp (5 ml) fresh rosemary, minced
- 2 dried figs, sliced
- 1 tbsp. (15 ml) of pecans, chopped
- 1 baguette, sliced and Toasted
- 2 bunches grapes
- Slice baguette into thin slices and place on a baking sheet.
Place under the broiler until toasted, and then flip until toasted on the other
side. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
- Place brie in an oven-safe dish, a 6” (15cm) Lodge Skillet
- Spread jam on top, add rosemary, dried figs, and pecans.
- Place in preheated 375F (190C) for 15 minutes. Place on a
wooden charger, add grapes and toasted baguette!
Additional Topping Could Include:
- Raspberry Jam, Dried Cherries and Almonds
- Apricot Jam, Candied Ginger and Pistachios
- Honey, Thyme, and Walnuts
You can prep the brie ahead of time with the jam and nuts. Keep refrigerated. Then 15-minutes before guests arrive pop in the oven!
You can also toast the baguette slices ahead of time too. Keep those at room temperature until ready to serve.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 424mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 10g