Brie en croûte (baked Brie in puff pastry) is an easy and delicious cheese and puff pastry appetizer. It's gorgeous as a cheese board centerpiece, and is a perfect game day appetizer!
There is something magical about Brie.
Brie is my favorite cheese to melt, and its delicate flavor is a perfect counterpart to both sweet and tart fruits. It also happens to be a perfect centerpiece for a cheese board.
If you want to take your Brie and make it even more amazing-- try wrapping it in puff pastry and then baking it.
The puff pastry will become golden and impressive, and it makes a pretty package for the melted Brie.
How to Make Brie en Croûte (Baked Brie in Puff Pastry)
Brie en Croûte is incredibly simple to prepare.
You might even say it's dangerously easy- you can have flaky, buttery puff and ooey-gooey cheese at your fingertips within minutes.
How to Assemble Brie en Croûte
Start by setting a wheel of Brie on puff pastry.
Next, spread jam on the Brie. I like to use orange marmalade.
Then, add dried fruit and nuts to the jam. I usually use dried cranberries or raisins for the fruit, and pecans or walnuts for the nuts.
How to Fold the Puff Pastry for Brie en Croûte
To fold the puff, simply wrap the puff up around the cheese. Fold over any seams, and use your finger to smooth it out.
How to Decorate Brie en Croûte
I like to add decorations to the puff pastry to help hide any seams on the top. Plus, decorations make the baked Brie in puff pastry a more impressive centerpiece!
To decorate your Brie en Croûte, cut a few shapes out of puff pastry. Use a sharp knife to cut shapes (like leaves), or use a small cookie cutter, a pie decoration cutter, or my favorite-- a spice jar lid.
Brush the wrapped puff pastry with a beaten egg, set the decorations on top, and finish with another coat of egg wash.
Slide it in the oven, and bake until golden!
What Should I Serve with Brie en Croûte?
Serve your baked Brie in puff pastry along with crackers, a sliced baguette, and fresh fruit. And maybe some cranberry orange sangria!
If you want to add more bite-sized sweet + savory hors d'oeurves to your party table, try these: chocolate truffles with chile mocha, ricotta crostini with blueberries, and stuffed figs with cambozola.
If you serve the Brie en Croûte right away, the cheese will melt out onto the serving platter. As it cools, the Brie will begin to harden again.
Happily, it's a delicious, cheesy appetizer whether it's served hot or cold!
Want more party platter ideas? Try this Bagel and Lox breakfast buffet idea!
Brie en Croûte
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 8 ounce wheel Brie
- 1 tablespoon orange marmalade (or other fruit jam)
- ⅛ cup dried cranberries, currants, raisins, or chopped dates (or a mix)
- 2 tablespoons chopped pecans or walnuts (or both)
- 1 egg, beaten
- To serve: grapes, apple slices, crackers, sliced baguette
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out puff pastry onto the paper. Cut off about ⅓ of the puff pastry (reserve).Note: This recipe was written for refrigerated puff pastry. If using frozen puff pastry, thaw before using, rolled out to ¼" thickness, and work on a floured surface instead of parchment paper.
- Place the wheel of Brie in the middle of the larger piece of puff.
- Spread orange marmalade on top of the Brie.
- Add dried fruit and nuts.
- Fold the puff around the Brie until it is entirely wrapped, smoothing any seams with your finger.
- Brush the puff with the beaten egg.
- Optionally, cut use a cookie cutter to cut decorative shapes out of the reserved, unused piece of puff. Add the shapes to top of the wrapped Brie, and brush with more beaten egg.Tip: If you don't have a cookie cutter, you can use the lid from a spice jar to cut circles.
- Bake the Brie for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Serve immediately along with fresh fruit, crackers, or sliced baguette.