Easy Holiday Appetizer: Raspberry Baked Brie


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Raspberry baked brie recipe created by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

Puff pastry tends to make everything taste better, but it puts baked brie on a whole other level. Using extra dough to create fun and festive bows on top doesn’t hurt either. Keep reading for my simple four-ingredient raspberry baked brie recipe (sharing a printable/shareable recipe card, along with a super quick video tutorial, at the bottom of this post). I’m also sharing some ideas for what to serve with baked brie and tips for creating the perfect puff pastry bow to go on top, too!

Raspberry Baked Brie

Blogger Stephanie Ziajka shares a holiday baked brie cheese recipes for the holidays on Diary of a Debutante

Raspberry Baked Brie Ingredients

Did I mention this recipe only calls for four ingredients?! Here’s everything you need to make this baked brie puff pastry appetizer–

  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet (thawed)⁠- I buy the ones from Pepperidge Farm, and they’re super easy to work with. Make sure yours is fully thawed before you start this recipe, though, otherwise it’ll be nearly impossible to roll out.
  • 1 wheel of brie– ⁠Since you’re literally slathering on raspberry jam, pretty much any wheel of brie will do. Don’t pay extra for anything fancy. 
  • 1/3 cup raspberry jam– Raspberry’s my favorite but any flavor of jam, jelly, or preserves tastes amazing. Blackberry and black currant are probably my second and third favorites respectively. 
  • 1 egg (for the egg wash)⁠- The egg wash is kind of the MVP of the whole baked brie shebang, so make sure you have a good brush for covering all the nooks and crannies!
  • 1 tbsp milk (for the egg wash)– If you don’t have milk on hand, water is a great substitute.

Raspberry Baked Brie Ingredients

If you don’t have all the ingredients handy, here are some substitutions that’ve worked well for me in the past–

Baked Brie Filling- Probably the best thing about this holiday baked brie recipe is that the toppings are endless! If you aren’t a big fan of raspberry jam or preserves, make yours with cranberry chutney, honey and chopped walnuts pecans, or any other seasonal toppings.

Egg Wash– If you don’t have milk for the egg wash, water is a great substitute. If you don’t have an egg, my personal recommendation is to use full-fat milk and then bump up the oven temperature in the last 5-10 minutes of baking to give it a golden brown color.

Baked Brie with Raspberry Jam Recipe

Baked brie puff pastry recipe created by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

One of my favorite things about this raspberry baked brie recipe? It’s virtually impossible to mess up. I mean, even if the cheese explodes in the oven and jam goes everywhere (which has never happened to me– I’m just thinking worst-case scenario here), it’ll still taste amazing. That said, though, the presentation value is much higher when the brie is sufficiently chilled and the puff pastry dough has thawed. To make sure I set myself up for success, I like to put the brie in the freezer for about ten minutes before baking and allow the puff pastry dough to thaw for at least twenty minutes before handling. 

After the puff pastry dough has thawed for at least 20 minutes, use a rolling pin to roll out the sheet a little thinner, adding around 1-2 inches of dough. Slice the top off of the brie wheel, flip it over, and place it in the center of the pastry, cut side down.

Blogger Stephanie Ziajka shows how to make baked brie with jam on Diary of a Debutante

Spread the raspberry jam liberally on top of the brie wheel and brush the pastry sheet with egg wash. It’s also worth mentioning that you literally cannot use too much jam. I say 1/3 cup to be conservative, just in case you aren’t a fan of all the sweetness. In all honesty, though, we normally use closer to 1/2 cup in our house.

Baked brie with raspberry jam recipe by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante Blogger Stephanie Ziajka shows how to make baked brie with preserves on Diary of a Debutante

Next, fold the puff pastry over the brie, bringing the edges of the pastry to the center. You don’t want to see the fold, so try and make it as centered as possible (it’ll be covered by the “ribbon” that way). Cut off the majority of the excess on the sides but also leave enough dough to ensure the cheese is fully covered. Keep in mind that this step is really only necessary if you’re planning on decorating your pastry-wrapped brie. If not, just fold all four dough corners over (don’t cut anything off) and enjoy the extra pastry!

Baked brie recipe with puff pastry by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante Blogger Stephanie Ziajka shows how to make baked brie in pastry on Diary of a Debutante

Press the edges together, making sure the cheese is completely wrapped up, and tuck the remaining pastry dough underneath the wheel of brie. Use your egg wash liberally to make sure everything stays in place.

Use any extra puff pastry dough to decorate the top and continue to use the egg wash liberally to keep everything in place. Keep reading for a quick tutorial on how I created my “gift-wrapped” baked brie!

Holiday recipe for brie cheese in puff pastry by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

Bake for 30 minutes at 350F and let sit for at least 10 minutes before serving– and enjoy!

Reheating and Storage

I had to do some Googling on this one… but can you reheat baked brie? Fortunately, the answer is yes!

Still, baked brie is definitely best served fresh and warm. When it’s left out at room temperature, it hardens and looses some of its flavor and all of its gooey goodness. So, if you don’t devour the entire thing in one sitting (which has literally never happened to me), store it in an airtight container and then reheat it in the oven at 250F for 25-30 minutes. 

The microwave is another reheating option, although I’ve never personally tried it. If it works particularly well for you, please let me know!

What to Serve with Baked Brie

If you’re not sure what to serve with baked brie, the answer is pretty much anything. Seriously, you really can’t go wrong. Kyle and I make this simple baked brie (sans the holiday decoration) all the time for date night, and we prefer to eat it by itself with a fork and a knife. This method’s messy but seriously so delicious. It’s also equally good (and much more hygienic/appropriate for larger groups) to serve with any of the following:

  • an assortment of crackers
  • crostinis
  • apple slices
  • pear slices
  • nuts (specifically walnuts, almonds, and pecans) 

How to Make a Puff Pastry Bow

Baked brie with jelly recipe by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

Probably my favorite thing about puff pastry recipes is that the leftover dough can always be used to create fun little details (looking at you, mini pies)! I got the inspiration to create a “gift-wrapped” baked brie from this Trisha Yearwood recipe and absolutely love how it turned out!

To create your own “gift-wrapped” baked brie, cut two 1-inch-thick and one .5-inch-thick strips from the remaining puff pastry sheet. Then, cut the .5-inch strip in half, creating two shorter .5-inch strips. Cross the two 1-inch-thick strips on top of the cheese so they intersect in the center like a ribbon wrapping a present. Seal the edges liberally with egg wash.

Blogger Stephanie Ziajka shows how to make a puff pastry bow on Diary of a Debutante

Next, combine the ends of the two .5-inch-thick strips of puff pastry to create a bow. I create small loops on both ends and then match them up in the center. If my directions don’t make sense to you, refer to the photo below for a visual or keep scrolling for a short little video tutorial!

Blogger Stephanie Ziajka shows how to make a bow out of puff pastry on Diary of a Debutante

Place in the center of the baked brie puff pastry and secure with egg wash. To hide any gaps, I also like to put a tiny ball of dough in the center of the bow. Finally, brush the remaining pastry with egg wash and pop the baked brie puff pastry in the oven!

Festive puff pastry bow created for the holidays by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

And ta-da! Here’s what it looks like once it’s out of the oven–

Simple baked brie and jam recipe by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a DebutanteBlogger Stephanie Ziajka shares some ideas for what to serve with baked brie on Diary of a Debutante

Super cute, right?! I like to put mine on a cake stand and decorate around it with fresh raspberries and herbs. It looks pretty and festive and smells heavenly at the same time!

Click play on the Instagram Reel below for a quick Christmas baked brie tutorial!
 


 
Blogger Stephanie Ziajka shares a Christmas baked brie recipe on Diary of a Debutante

Raspberry Baked Brie

Raspberry Baked Brie

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Made with warm and flaky puff pastry dough and flavorful raspberry jam, this "gift-wrapped" raspberry baked brie is the perfect holiday appetizer-- and it's so easy to make, too. Enjoy it by itself or with crackers, apples, or pear slices!

Ingredients

Raspberry Baked Brie

  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet (thawed)⁠
  • 1 wheel of brie
  • 1/3 cup raspberry jam

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk

Instructions

  1.  Preheat the oven to 350F and allow the puff pastry dough to thaw for 20 minutes before handling. Also, put the cheese in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill.
  2. After the puff pastry dough has thawed, use a rolling pin to roll the sheet out a little thinner, adding around 1-2 inches of dough. Slice the top off of the brie wheel, flip it over, and place it in the center of the pastry, cut side down. Spread raspberry jam liberally on top of the brie wheel.
  3. Whisk together one egg with a tablespoon of milk to make a basic egg wash. Brush the entire pastry sheet with egg wash and fold the puff pastry over the brie, bringing both edges to the center. Note: You don't want to see the fold, so try and make it as centered as possible (it'll be covered by the "ribbon" that way). Cut off as much excess dough from the sides as you can, making sure the cheese is still completely covered, and then tuck the remaining pastry dough underneath the wheel of brie. Use the egg wash liberally to make sure everything stays in place.
  4. Use any extra puff pastry dough to decorate the top and use the egg wash liberally to keep everything in place.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350F until golden brown and let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving. Serve by itself or with crackers, apples, pears, or crostinis!

Notes

Recipe Tips

  • Be sure to give the puff pastry enough time to thaw before getting started. Otherwise, it'll be nearly impossible to roll out (at least not without breaking apart) and you may need to factor in additional baking time. If your puff pastry breaks even when thawed, use a little bit of water to help seal the edges together. 
  • This recipe calls for 1/3 cup raspberry jam to be conservative, just in case you aren’t a fan of the sweetness. I personally prefer closer to 1/2 cup (and sometimes even 3/4 cup when we're feeling a little crazy), though. 

Substitutions

  • Baked Brie Filling- Probably the best thing about this holiday baked brie recipe is that the toppings are endless! If you aren't a big fan of raspberry jam or preserves, make yours with cranberry chutney, honey and chopped walnuts pecans, or any other seasonal toppings.
  • Egg Wash- If you don't have milk for the egg wash, water is a great substitute. If you don't have an egg, my personal recommendation is to use full-fat milk and then bump up the oven temperature in the last 5-10 minutes of baking to give it a golden brown color.

Reheating and Storage

Baked brie is definitely best served fresh and warm. When it's left out at room temperature, it hardens and loses some of its flavor and all of its gooey goodness. So, if you don't devour the whole thing in one sitting (which has literally never happened to me), you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge and then re-heat it in the oven at 250F for 25-30 minutes.

*This recipe was modified on December 9, 2022 to provide recipe tips and other notes.

Nutrition Information
Yield 8
Amount Per ServingCalories 256Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 7.5gTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 38mgSodium 220mgCarbohydrates 22.6gFiber .9gSugar 6.9gProtein 6.5g

Nutritional information isn't always accurate and can vary based on a number of factors, including but not limited to discrepancies among brands, precision of measurements, and freshness of ingredients.


Trust me, y’all– if there’s ever a recipe you should try, it’s this one! It’s just so easy, and the final product is to die for. If you tried this raspberry baked brie recipe for yourself, please don’t hesitate to let me know if you had any trouble. Questions, concerns, or complaints– I love hearing from you guys, and I’m happy to help!

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