Baked Apple Brie is the perfect appetizer as the days get colder. Melty brie cheese is covered in a sweet apple mixture and wrapped in a flaky puff pastry. Cut into the crackly pastry and creamy cheese. Then smear the gooey, sweet spread over a cracker or fresh baguette slice.
With simple ingredients and easy steps, baked apple brie is a surefire winner for your next gathering. It’s satisfying to see a person’s reaction when they taste this appetizer for the first time. Baked apple brie is amazing for a fall evening get-together or a girl’s night. Just imagine a glass of wine in your hand and this apple brie appetizer on a charcuterie board…
Why KJ Loves
Apple Baked Brie
I love how easy and heart-warming this Apple Baked Brie is! Not only does it make your house smell wonderful as it’s baking away, but it is so fun to dig into with all that gooey, buttery brie cheese! Layer it on your favorite crackers, fresh apple slices or toasted baguettes for a fun and festive appetizer!
A Bit About Brie
What is brie cheese?
Brie cheese is a soft-ripened cheese with an edible rind and a creamy, buttery center. It’s usually made from cow’s milk, but you can also buy goat’s milk brie. Brie is soft at room temperature and a perfect, melty consistency when it’s baked.
Do you take the rind off brie before baking?
The rind is safe to eat. But I like to cut into the rind and peel back the top layer so that the cheese is all sorts of gooey and melty when you cut into the appetizer.
What type of brie is best for baking?
You can buy brie cheese in wheels or wedges. You’ll want to buy a wheel for this apple brie appetizer recipe.
Brie is usually available at your local supermarket. You’ll want to use an 8-ounce round. This is technically called “baby brie.” A “full wheel” of brie is much larger and not the right size for this recipe!
You can use any type of brie you want: goat’s milk brie, triple cream brie, regular brie—no need to splurge for an expensive round. The cheaper version will taste delicious with the apple filling and puff pastry.
A Shortcut to (Almost) Bakery-Quality Pastry
Frozen Puff Pastry.
I love to keep a pack or two of frozen puff pastry on hand during the fall and winter seasons. It’s the perfect shortcut to an elevated appetizer.
You can find premade puff pastry in the freezer section at most supermarkets. If you have the option, go for an all-butter puff pastry. The taste will be next-level.
To use freezer puff pastry, thaw according to the package instructions. You’ll usually want to put the pastry in the refrigerator the night before you bake the apple brie.
If you can’t find puff pastry at your local grocery store, you can substitute pie crust.
Sweeten it up.
This apple mixture is sweet and slightly tart, with warm notes of cinnamon—the perfect complement to the salty, creamy brie. Here’s what goes in it:
Choose an apple that is more tart than sweet for this recipe. Great options would be Honeycrisp, Braeburn, or Granny Smith apples.
I love the pop of color that the cranberries add to the apple baked brie! They also add a sweet and tart flavor that perfectly complements the apples.
Brown sugar helps the simmered apple mixture taste caramelized and sweet.
Warm & cozy—the perfect spice for this recipe.
Just a squeeze or two of lemon juice brightens the apples.
How to Make Apple Baked Brie
Cook the apple mixture.
Simmer the apple slices in a skillet with some butter. Add in the cranberries, brown sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice, and simmer until the apples are just tender.
Assemble the appetizer.
Roll the thawed puff pastry out. You’ll place the brie in the center and cover it in the sweet apple mixture.
Then, fold the puff pastry over the top. If your pastry is a little too small, no worries! Just fold it over as far as you can, and pinch the edges together. You’ll coat the pastry in an egg wash to help form a golden brown crust.
Bake your apple brie.
Bake at 350 degrees until the puff pastry crust is golden brown and flakey.
Dig in and enjoy!
Wash the dishes. How sad.
How to Serve Brie Appetizers
Serve the apple baked brie warm—straight from the oven!
Apple baked brie is delicious on crackers or fresh baguette slices. Try pairing the brie appetizer with fresh apple slices or serving it alongside other appetizers on a charcuterie board.
Can apple baked brie be made in advance?
This apple baked brie is best served warm and flaky straight from the oven. However, you can prepare it all the way up until baking and store it until you’re ready to serve it.
If you need to prep your brie appetizer in advance, here are a few tips.
Assemble everything up until the egg wash. Store the pastry-covered brie in the refrigerator. You can do this a day in advance.
When you’re ready to serve the apple baked brie, pull it out of the refrigerator and bake. You may need to add a few minutes to the baking time.
Apple baked brie can be stored in the freezer for several weeks. Assemble everything up until the egg wash, then put it in a freezer-safe bag or container and store it in the freezer.
The day before you want to serve the apple brie appetizer, take it out of the freezer and let thaw in the refrigerator. Then put it on a pan and bake. You may need to add a few minutes to the baking time.
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