Upgrade your appetizer lineup with this simple recipe for Baked Brie with hot honey and pecans! It features creamy melted Brie cheese, pomegranate arils, pecans, and a generous drizzle of golden hot honey. Serve with crackers, baguette slices, or sliced pears or apples for an easy and delicious crowd-pleasing starter.
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
- A perfect blend of flavors: rich gooey Brie cheese with sweet-tart pomegranates, crunchy pecans, and either sweet or hot spicy honey.
- Quick to make: Baked Brie is the perfect last-minute appetizer. It's one of the easiest appetizers you'll ever make. Add toppings and bake for 15 minutes, or air-fry for half the time!
- Great for charcuterie boards: It makes an ideal central focus for a charcuterie or grazing board.
- Always a crowd-pleaser during the holiday season.
🛒 Ingredients and substitutions
You'll find a complete list of ingredients with quantities in the recipe card below. But before we get to the full recipe, here are a few notes about the ingredients.
- a wheel of Brie cheese
- honey or hot honey
- olive oil
- fresh rosemary or fresh thyme (optional)
🔪 How to make Baked Brie
- Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C)
- Prepare Brie: Remove the wheel of Brie from its packaging and place it in a Brie baker or a small oven-safe dish. If you don't have a Brie baker, you can use a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Score the Brie: Using a sharp knife, gently score the top of the Brie in a crisscross pattern. Scoring makes it easier to serve.
- Drizzle with Olive Oil: Add rich flavor by drizzling the scored Brie with extra-virgin olive oil.
- Add Pomegranate Arils and Pecans: Sprinkle the pomegranate arils and chopped pecans evenly over the Brie.
- Drizzle with Honey: Drizzle the honey over the top of the wheel. Honey adds a touch of sweetness, while hot honey adds an amazing sweet and spicy flavor. Try it!
- Sprinkle with Rosemary (optional): Add a garnish of fresh rosemary.
- Bake in the Oven: Place the Brie in the preheated oven and bake for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until it becomes soft and gooey. Keep an eye on it to prevent overcooking.
- Serve Warm: Remove the baked Brie from the oven and let it rest for a minute or two. Serve it warm with your choice of crackers or sliced apples or pears.
🔁 Possible Variations
- Use Hot Honey for a slightly spicy kick! Brie is a mild cheese, so hot honey knocks it up a notch or two!
- Substitute your favorite nuts for the pecans. Try walnuts, pistachios, or finely chopped hazelnuts.
- You can substitute cranberry sauce for the pomegranate arils. Delicious!
👍🏼 Helpful Tips for the best baked Brie
- It's best to bake the Brie in a shallow dish that's slightly larger than the round of Brie so it doesn't leak all over.
- I've also baked it on parchment paper on a baking sheet. If you crumple the paper a little it helps to prevent the melted cheese from running. Carefully transfer the cheese on the paper to your serving dish.
- A third option is to bake it in a mini cast iron skillet lined with parchment paper. Remind your guests that the skillet will be very hot.
- To bake it in your air fryer, use a disposable air fryer liner. Depending on the type of air fryer you have, it usually takes about half the time it would in the oven.
- Lightly scoring the top of the Brie rind makes it easier for your guests to scoop up the gooey goodness.
- Brie rind is completely edible and is deliciously chewy once it has been baked.
🍽 What to serve with baked Brie
This appetizer is perfect for sharing at parties or as a cozy start to an evening with friends! Serve this baked Brie with hot honey, pecans, and pomegranates with a variety of items to dip and scoop, such as the following:
- toasted baguette slices or crostini
- firm apple slices
- firm pear slices
For more appetizers and finger food recipe ideas, see this collection of 25 Easy Finger Food Appetizers.
⏰ Storage Instructions
To store: Store leftover baked Brie in a covered container in the fridge.
To reheat: Reheat in the oven for 10 minutes at 300°F. or reheat in the microwave. Start at 30 seconds, then add more time if needed. Reheating it too many times will make it rubbery.
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Easy Baked Brie with Hot Honey and Pecans
- 1 6 oz. wheel Brie cheese
- ⅓ cup pomegranate arils (seeds)
- ⅓ cup pecans, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons hot honey, or regular honey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, extra virgin
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped, optional
- crackers, baguette slices, or sliced apples and pears for scooping
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C)
- Remove the wheel of Brie from its packaging and place it in a Brie baker or a small oven-safe dish. If you don't have a Brie baker, you can use a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Using a sharp knife, gently score the top of the Brie in a crisscross pattern.
- Drizzle the scored Brie with olive oil.
- Sprinkle the pomegranate arils and chopped pecans evenly over the Brie.
- Drizzle the honey over the top of the cheese for a touch of spicy sweetness.
- Sprinkle with finely chopped fresh rosemary or thyme leaves.
- Place the Brie in the preheated oven and bake for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until the Brie becomes soft and gooey. Keep an eye on it to prevent overcooking. It's best to remove it from the oven just before you think it's done.
- Remove the baked Brie from the oven and let it rest for a minute or two. Serve it warm with your choice of crackers or sliced apples or pears.