Today, I’m sharing recipe that will elevate your cheese platter game and make you the talk of the town at any party you bring this to. Imagine a warm, gooey brie, topped with the tangy-sweetness of cherry jam, drizzled with honey, sprinkled with cinnamon, and garnished with crunchy pistachios...Few things are better! Not only is baked brie with cherry jam nice to look at, but the flavors are absolutely divine too. It's a crowd-pleaser at parties, and so easy to put together. Let’s get started!
Baked Brie with Cherry Jam: IngredientsJump to Recipe
Some of the best recipes seems to have the fewest ingredients and this bad boy is no exception.
Here's what you'll need:
- Round Brie cheese
- Cherry jam
- A generous pinch of ground cinnamon
- Roughly chopped pistachios
- Flaky salt
Instructions: Baked Brie with Cherry Jam
- Preparation: Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Score the Brie: Carefully score the top of the Brie cheese in a criss-cross pattern using a sharp knife. You'll only want to pierce the rind, rather than cutting all the way through the brie. Cutting the rind a bit allows it to melt nicely, but if you cut too much, it will melt all over the dish...which would still result in a delicious appetizer, but a much messier one.
- Assemble in Pie Dish: Place the scored Brie cheese in a pie dish, which will give it ample room to spread and melt while baking. This will also make it easier to serve and dip.
- Topping Time: Spread the cherry jam evenly over the top of the Brie. The sweet-tartness of the jam pairs beautifully with the creamy brie. Drizzle the honey on top.
- Add the Crunch and Spice: Sprinkle the roughly chopped pistachios over the jam and honey. Now, sprinkle the generous pinch of cinnamon evenly over the top. The warm, spicy note of the cinnamon ties together the sweetness of the jam and honey.
- Bake: Place the pie dish in the preheated oven and bake for 18-25 minutes, or until the Brie is soft, gooey, and slightly bubbly. The aroma that will fill your kitchen is nothing short of amazing!
- Finishing Touch: As soon as you take it out of the oven, sprinkle a pinch of flaky salt over the top. The salt perfectly balances the sweetness and highlights the creaminess of the baked brie with pistachios.
- Serve: Allow the Brie with cherry jam to sit for a couple of minutes before diving in—but not too long or the cheese will firm up! Serve with crusty bread, crackers, or sliced baguette.
Just in case you want to switch things up or you can't find the same ingredients, here are some variations to my baked brie recipe that allow you to customize it to your taste or based on what you have on hand:
- Different Fruit Preserves: If cherries aren't your thing or if you're just feeling like trying something new, you can replace the cherry jam with other fruit jams or preserves. Raspberry, apricot, or fig jam would make excellent substitutes.
- Nuts Galore: Swap out the pistachios for other nuts like walnuts, almonds, or pecans for a different crunch and flavor.
- Herbal Notes: Instead of (or in addition to) cinnamon, you can sprinkle some fresh chopped rosemary or thyme on top of the brie before baking. These herbs provide a fragrant note that contrasts beautifully with the sweetness of the jam and honey.
- Zesty Finish: Add a little zing with some orange or lemon zest. Sprinkle it on top just before baking or mix it into your jam for an added layer of flavor.
- Spicy Kick: If you like a bit of heat, add a drizzle of spicy chili oil or sprinkle some red pepper flakes on top.
- Dried Fruits: Instead of (or alongside) jam, consider adding a layer of chopped dried fruits like apricots, cranberries, or figs for a chewier texture and concentrated fruit flavor.
- Savory Drizzles: Replace honey with a balsamic reduction or truffle oil for a savory and rich twist.
Pairing suggestions for baked brie with cherry jam
Baked brie is always the star at girls' nights, Christmas, Thanksgiving, showers, or any other time it makes sense to serve baked brie. But these occasions also usually call for a few sides.
Here are some wine pairing and other beverage suggestions that go well with it.
- For a dry, full-bodied white wine, try an oaked Chardonnay.
- If you prefer reds, opt for something fruity and light like Merlot or Beaujolais.
- Sweet wines like Riesling or Moscato also go well with baked brie.
- For a sparkly addition, opt for either Prosecco or Champagne.
- For a light, refreshing beer, go for wheat beers or lagers.
- You can also try sours and lambics - they're tart and add a nice contrast to the sweetness of the jam.
- If you want to get creative, try a fruity cider like pear or apple.
- For a non-alcoholic pairing, try flavored sparkling waters - they offer a crisp and refreshing contrast with every bite of brie.
- Iced teas also go well with baked brie - opt for something fruity or even chamomile, if you want to go for something herbal.
Baked Brie with Cherry Jam, Pistachios, Cinnamon, & Honey
- 500 g round Brie about 16 oz
- ⅓ cup cherry jam
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 3 tablespoon pistachios roughly chopped
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (or a generous pinch)
- flaky sea salt a pinch before serving
- Preheat your oven to 375F.
- Place a piece of parchment paper in a pie dish (or another round baking dish that just leaves a bit of room around the edges of the Brie when it melts a bit).
- Unwrap the round of Brie and place it on the parchment paper. Gently score the rind of the Brie in a criss-cross pattern. Be careful not to pierce the cheese too much—we're just trying to cut the rind here so the cheese can melt a bit without running everywhere.
- Spread the cherry jam on top of the scored Brie.
- Drizzle the honey on top.
- Sprinkle with the chopped pistachios and add the cinnamon.
- Bake for 18-25 minutes or until the Brie is melted through. I like to test it with a knife to make sure it's soft enough in the centre to serve.
- Once done baking, add a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.Serve hot with crackers, baguette, crusty bread, or your other favorite dippers.
As always, I hope you love it as much as I do!
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