This baked brie dish looks super fancy, but it's so quick and easy to make! The melted brie turns into the most amazing cheese dip. Topped with warm figs, tart raspberries, toasted almonds, and drizzled with a decadent truffled honey - this dish is fabulous for entertaining.
Once you cut into it, the melted cheese will pour out like lava. Just look at this gooey melted cheese! Now imagine popping a warm, honeyed fig on top of this cracker and biting into it. Pure cheesy bliss.
How to bake brie
Brie makes one of the absolute best kinds of melted cheese. I used a sixteen ounce wheel, which will serve a lot of people. The rich cheese being melted and covered in toppings makes it spread even further. I would say that a sixteen ounce wheel of brie would be good for about sixteen servings. And an eight ounce would be ideal for about eight, more or less.
Melting the brie is going to make it gooey and delicious, and we are adding in some other wonderful flavours. Because of this, you don't have to go for the most expensive brie out there. An economically priced one will work just fine.
You should bake the brie in the dish you plan to serve it on. You do not want to have to move a hot wheel of cheese and potentially cause a premature cheese explosion in the process. Choose a bake-safe, ceramic dish that is shallow, making it easier and safer for hands to reach in for dipping. I found a pretty ceramic baking dish on Amazon that was just perfect.
Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F degrees. Set the wheel of brie into the centre of the baking dish, and place it in the preheated oven. If you are using a sixteen ounce wheel, bake for twenty to twenty-five minutes. If you are using an eight ounce wheel, bake for fifteen to twenty minutes.
While the brie is in the oven, it's time to prepare the toppings. Pour the honey into a small bowl. Add in a nice drizzle of truffle oil, and mix them together.
Cut your figs into quarters. I also cut one into halves to use a half piece in the very centre. I used some nice, ripe Mission figs (also known as California figs). They have purple skins and sweet, flavourful flesh.
Have your raspberries, almonds, and crackers ready to go as well. Once the brie comes out of the oven, you need to work quickly to assemble the toppings.
At twenty minutes (or fifteen for an eight ounce wheel) check on the cheese to see if it has finished baking. Gently touch the centre of the brie to test for doneness. The cheese should feel very soft, almost like the rind could collapse if you press any more. You could also test by inserting a toothpick into the centre. It should come out covered in melted cheese.
Be careful to not over bake it or it will harden in the centre. Place the baking dish on a heat-safe surface.
Once it comes out of the oven, you will want to arrange the toppings on the brie as quickly as possible because it will only stay melted for a little while. Arrange the figs, raspberries, and almonds on top.
Generously drizzle all over with your truffled honey.
The heat from the cheese will warm the toppings. Your dreamy, baked brie is now ready to be served!
Cut into the brie as if to remove a slice. Pull out that piece of rind, and the delicious, melted brie will spill out from the inside like molten lava.
How long will it stay melted for?
The melted brie will stay runny like this for about fifteen minutes if you serve it in its warm baking dish. So I recommend that you get dipping right away. However, the brie will still be delicious as it cools.
In fact, you can store any leftovers covered in the fridge then cut out pieces for snacking once it solidifies. Or, reheat any leftovers with a quick turn in the microwave (for no longer than a minute or so, depending on how much you have leftover).
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A dreamy appetizer of baked brie covered with warm, fresh figs, tart raspberries, toasted almonds, and drizzled with truffled honey. Cut into it to reveal a pool of delicious, creamy melted cheese.
16 ounce (454 g) wheel of Brie*
7 fresh figs
handful toasted almonds
2 tablespoons honey
drizzle truffle oil
crackers, for serving **
Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
Place wheel of brie into shallow, ceramic baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes (reduce to 15-20 minutes if you are using an 8 ounce wheel of brie).
Meanwhile, put honey and truffle oil in a small bowl and mix together.
Cut up the figs (I used quarters and one half piece for the centre), and have your raspberries, almonds, and crackers ready.
At 20 minutes (or 15 minutes for 8 oz wheel), check the brie for doneness by gently touching the centre. The cheese should feel very soft and as if the rind could collapse if you were to press more. Be careful not to over bake, which will cause the centre of the cheese to harden. Place the baking dish on a heat-safe surface.
Decorate the brie with the figs, raspberries, and almonds. Drizzle generously with the truffled honey. Serve immediately.
If the cheese is served in its warm baking dish, it should stay melted and scoop-able for about 15 minutes, after which you can use a knife. Store any leftovers covered in the fridge. The various flavours will be infused into the re-solidified cheese. Snack on it cold, or reheat it in the microwave (for just a minute or so, depending on the amount leftover).
* A 16 ounce (454 g) wheel of baked brie is good for 16 servings, more or less. An 8 ounce (227 g) wheel would be good for 8 servings, more or less.
Because you are baking the brie it's going to be delicious and creamy regardless, so it's ok to save and buy a less expensive cheese if you want.
** Serve with crackers that aren't too flimsy or they will break in the cheese rather than scoop it up.
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