Easy Baked Brie with Honey - This baked brie with honey recipe is rich and creamy with a drizzle of sweetness. A simple and delicious easy appetizer made in under 20 minutes, that is sure to please any crowd!
Baked Brie is the easiest appetizer to serve for any occasion, especially during the holiday season. We generally serve baked brie at our annual Christmas party or for New Year's Eve. It's a simple and versatile appetizer that has many combinations to choose from.
Your party guests will love this version with honey because it's both savory and sweet, satisfying different palates. The melted cheese pairs well with fresh apples, blackberries, figs, walnuts, and pears. Add a rosemary sprig or fresh thyme for an ultra-festive look.
- Brie: Use an 8 or 16-ounce round wheel of brie. The larger wheel of brie will take 10-15 minutes longer to bake.
- Honey: I love using organic wildflower honey.
- Thyme (optional): You can use the fresh thyme as a garnish or sprinkle some pieces on top of the finished product.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place brie in a small cast iron skillet, brie baker, or on a lined baking sheet.
An optional step is to score the top rind of the brie with a knife, in a crosshatch pattern, which helps the honey to stick. Lightly drizzle honey on top, and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until soft.
Remove the brie from the oven and allow it to rest on the baking tray for 2 minutes.
Carefully transfer the melted brie to the desired serving platter or cheese board if needed. Drizzle more honey right before serving. Using a sharp knife to cut into the brie, allowing the melty cheese to ooze. Serve with crackers or a sliced baguette.
Hint: Add the extra honey on top after transferring the brie to a plate or charcuterie board. The honey will spill over, so keep this in mind when serving. If the brie is in a ceramic dish or brie baker, you can add the honey and serve it right away.
- Crosshatch: You can crosshatch the top surface of the Brie before baking to allow for a melty texture. It also helps the honey to stick to the top.
- Remove the top: For a brie fondue, simply remove a thin layer from the top of the rind. If using this method the brie will need to be contained, otherwise, it will ooze all over the parchment paper. Place the brie in a brie baker or oven proof dish and bake as directed. Once the brie has melted, add toppings and serve with a cheese knife.
Pairings & Toppings
- Nuts- Adding chopped walnuts, pistachios, or pecans to the top of the baked brie are a great option for added texture.
- Spice - For an extra kick, you can add red pepper flakes with the honey, or use infused hot honey.
- Savory - Place pieces of mined garlic in between the crosshatch slices, then drizzle with a teaspoon of olive oil and honey.
- Fruit - Fresh fruit such as apple slices, blackberries, figs, and pears are delicious options to serve with baked brie.
- Crackers & Baguettes- I love serving baked brie with rosemary crackers, baguette slices, or any crusty bread.
- Fresh Herbs - Fresh thyme and fresh rosemary can serve as a beautiful garnish or topping.
- Wine - Brie is best served with champagne, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and pinot noir.
As the baked brie sits out, it will harden. You can store leftover brie in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of days and reheat it in the microwave or oven to make it melty again. Brie can only be reheated one time, otherwise, it becomes tough and rubbery.
Depending on the size of the brie, it can take anywhere from 15-25 minutes to bake. After 15 minutes in the oven, check the brie by gently pressing the top. It should feel soft and pliable. If you start to see the sides of the cheese ooze out of the rind, go ahead and pull it out of the oven.
You do not have to use an expensive piece of cheese for this recipe, any brie will work.
A general rule of thumb is 2 ounces of warm baked brie per person. An 8-ounce wheel would serve about 4-6 people.
Yes, you can reheat it in the microwave, start with 30 seconds and go from there. You can also re-warm it in a low 300F oven until soft again. Don’t do this more than once, however, or the cheese can get rubbery.
Baked Brie with Honey
- 8 or 16 ounce wheel of round brie
- fresh thyme
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Unwrap your brie and place the wheel on a baking sheet with lined parchment. paper. You can also use a brie baker or small skillet.
- Slice a crosshatch design on top of the rind if desired, and drizzle with honey. Place the brie in the oven to bake for 15-20 minutes, until the center is soft and melted. (bake for 20-25 minutes for larger wheels of brie)
- Remove from the oven and allow the brie to rest on the baking sheet for two minutes. Carefully transfer the brie to a serving dish and add desired toppings with more honey. Cut into the brie with a sharp knife and serve immediately with crackers and fruit.