Baked brie with candied walnuts is the perfect appetizer to serve during the holiday season!
Baked Brie with Candied Walnuts
This baked brie with candied walnuts is the perfect holiday recipe. While it obviously can be served anytime of year, baked brie and the holidays just kind of go hand-in-hand. What is great about this recipe is that it may seem a bit fancy, but it really is one of the simplest appetizers you can make. Even better, it is ready in just over 30 minutes and only requires a few ingredients. I love this recipe to serve a small group of people, but if you are having a big shindig, you may want to double-up.
What will I need to make this baked brie (see recipe below for entire ingredient list)?
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry (thawed)
8 oz brie cheese wheel
3 tbsp apricot preserves
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
Is there a particular brand or style of brie cheese I should use?
The brie that you use for this recipe does not need to be fancy by any means. I literally will just use the 8oz wheel I can find in the grocery store, and I will usually buy what is on sale. If you want to get fancy, go for it. An extra creamy, more expensive brie will really work for this recipe, but a firmer brie will do just fine. This recipe is extremely versatile, so you do you.
Baked Brie with Candied Walnuts
Can I make this baked brie ahead of time?
100%!! Within reason … This recipe can be made up to 24 hours in advance. Simply follow all steps before egg washing and baking. Refrigerate until you are ready to bake. When you are ready to bake, remove the bundle from the fridge and then apply the beaten egg and coarse sugar. Bake according to the directions below.
Thoughts on using other jams and nuts?
What is just so lovey this recipe is that it really is a blank canvas. Use whatever jam or preserves you have in hand. Use whatever dried fruit you like to eat. Use pistachios, cashews, almond, pecans…It really is that simple. Play around with flavor combos. You will be surprised what will work!
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- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 sheet thawed (previously frozen) puff pastry
- 8 oz brie cheese
- 3 tbsp apricot jam or preserves
- 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1 large egg beaten
- 1 tbsp coarse sugar
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- To a skillet, melt the butter with the brown sugar, about 2-3 minutes. Add the chopped walnuts and stir to coat. Cook for 2-3 minutes more or until the walnuts just begin to darken. Transfer the mixture to one of the baking sheets and spread out to a thin layer. Once cool enough to handle, roughly chop the walnuts. Set aside.
- Place the thawed puff pastry sheet on the middle of the second baking sheet. Cut the rind of one side of the brie wheel. Place the brie on the middle of the puff pastry sheet (cut side up). Spread the apricot jam on top and pile the chopped apricots and candied walnuts on top. Taking the corners of the puff pastry, cinch it up and into the center of the brie. Pinch the puff pastry where it breaks open. It's OK if it breaks open a bit during baking. Brush the pastry with the beaten egg and sprinkle of coarse sugar.
- Bake the brie for 20-25 minutes or until brown and crispy. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers, crispy bread, and sliced apples. Enjoy!
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