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This baked brie with fig jam recipe is the perfect show-stopping appetizer for any gathering! It’s easy to make, and only requires a few ingredients. The baked brie is sweet and salty, with a gooey cheese center. It’s sure to be a hit with your guests!

overhead shot of baked brie with fig jam on a cutting board with bread, crackers, nuts, dried fruit, and fresh grapes.

If you’re working on your holiday menu or simply needing an idea an appetizer, this is an elegant and edible centerpiece for your table! I’ve always seen these at parties and I can see why! They definitely draw your attention because of that gooey cheesy center just oozing out but also because they’re so easy to make! It takes less than 15 minutes. That is for sure a lifesaver when you’ve got a million other things to do when preparing for guests.

What is baked brie?

Baked brie with fig jam is a popular appetizer that originated in France. It’s typically made with a wheel of brie cheese, and fig jam. The baked brie is sweet and salty, with a gooey cheese center. It’s often served with crackers or fresh fruit.

overhead shot of ingredients for baked brie with fig jam, including brie, nuts, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, and fig jam

What You’ll Need

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  • Brie – a soft, creamy cheese that originates from France. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor that pairs well with the fig jam. Brie cheese is also known for its signature “oozing” texture.
  • Fig jam – a sweet and slightly tart fruit spread. It pairs perfectly with the mild flavor of brie cheese. The sweetness of the fig jam also helps to offset the savory flavors of the nuts and herbs.
  • Pecans and/or walnuts – these nuts add a lovely crunch to this baked brie recipe. They also help to balance out the sweetness of the fig jam.
  • Fresh rosemary – a fragrant, woody herb that pairs well with baked brie. It has a slightly bitter, earthy flavor that helps to balance out the sweetness of the fig jam.
  • Fresh thyme – also a fragrant, woody herb that pairs well with this!

A note on fresh herbs:

You’re definitely going to want to use fresh herbs in this. Dried herbs just don’t cut it and can honestly sometimes be too strong. For example, I actually hate dried thyme but I love fresh thyme. Dried thyme is so strong to me and it can overpower an entire dish.

How to make baked brie with fig jam

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Preheat. Set oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Assemble. Place brie wheel onto a piece of parchment paper on top of a rimmed baking sheet and spread fig jam on top. Sprinkle nuts and herbs.

Bake. Place on the middle rack in the oven and bake.

Serve. Impress your guests and serve this hot with crackers, dried fruit, fresh fruit, and more.

image of spoon being dipped into melted baked brie with fig jam and nuts on top

Substitutions

If you’re looking for a baked brie recipe that is a little bit different, there are plenty of substitutions that you can make. For the fig jam, you can try other flavors like strawberry, raspberry, or even cherry.

You can also use different nuts, such as almonds or hazelnuts. You can give more flavor and texture by topping this with dried fruit such as cranberry or apricot! And for the herbs, feel free to experiment with sage or even tarragon.

melted baked brie spread on bread slices

Storage instructions

It’s best eaten fresh and day of but if you have leftovers, this can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. The baked brie will keep its shape and texture, but the flavors will develop over time.

If you want to reheat the baked brie, simply place it back in the oven for 5-7 minutes.

an image of melted center of baked brie on a spoon

Frequently asked questions

Do you take the rind off the brie before baking? Nope, you keep everything in tact! You won’t really be eating the rind since the center is what you’ll be dipping in. If you cut off the rind, you’ll end up with a puddle of cheese. The rind basically holds it together like a little bowl!

Do you cover the brie when baking? No, you don’t have to.

What to serve with baked brie? It’s typically served with fresh fruit (like grapes) or crackers. You can even have some slices of crusty bread that would be sturdier for dipping. Sliced fruit like apples and pears would be a great alternative to bread for dipping.

overhead shot of melted baked brie and fig jam spread on top of a slice of small bread. dried fruit and fresh grapes can be seen as well.

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Baked Brie with Fig Jam

Sweet, salty, cheesy & gooey all in one!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Julie Chiou
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Ingredients 

  • 8 ounce wheel of brie cheese
  • cup fig jam
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans and/or walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 °F
  • Place brie on a piece of parchment paper in a small baking dish.
  • Spread the fig jam on top of the brie in an even layer. Sprinkle with pecans/walnuts and rosemary and thyme.
  • Bake for 5-7 minutes, until the brie starts to ooze and the nuts are lightly toasted.
  • Serve hot with crackers, fresh & dried fruit, etc.

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 184 kcal | Carbohydrates: 9 g | Protein: 8 g | Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g | Cholesterol: 38 mg | Sodium: 242 mg | Potassium: 83 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 6 g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer idea, easy appetizer, holiday appetizer
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