Apricot Honey Baked Brie is the perfect, easy appetizer! Melty, brie cheese placed with some small accoutrements makes for an elegant and sophisticated treat.Jump to Recipe
With Valentine's Day fast approaching, we need an easy, yet elegant, appetizer that can be shared with loved ones or friends. Even if you're not a fan of Valentine's Day, this apricot honey baked brie can be used for a dinner party, or as a statement piece on your next charcuterie board!
All About Brie Cheese
Let's start out by talking about brie. Brie is a soft, creamy cheese made from cow's milk. Surrounding the cheese is a rind (skin), which has a bloomy, tangy taste, that is completely edible! In fact, in France they consider the rind to be best part!
How brie cheese is made is actually really fascinating! If you're into that sort of stuff, you can read all about it here. P.S. - don't be freaked out by the talk of mold as part of the cheese making process.
Brie is a very versatile cheese and can be used in a variety of recipes - baked brie (like we're making today), on a sandwich, stuffed into chicken, or even wrapped in pastry dough. If you're eating brie by itself, allow it to come to room temperature (about 30 - 45 minutes) before enjoying!
Pairing Baked Brie
When pairing your apricot honey baked brie, you have so many options! Pairing brie with something acidic will help bring out the rich, creamy texture. However, sweet sides like jam and fruit also pair well.
For my small board today, I paired my brie with dry-cured salami, raspberries, blackberries, and raisin rosemary crisps.
If you are hosting a party, or need a larger appetizer spread, brie also pairs well with other cheeses. Feel free to use the apricot honey baked brie as part of a larger charcuterie board.
Apricot Honey Baked Brie
- 3 tbsp honey
- ½ cup dried apricots (no added sugar) roughly chopped
- ¼ cups slivered almonds roughly chopped
- 1 sprig rosemary finely chopped
- 8 oz wheel of brie
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- To a glass bowl, add the honey. Melt slightly in the microwave for 15-30 seconds, just until extra liquid-y. Combine with apricots, almonds, and rosemary.
- Place the wheel of brie on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Top with honey mixture. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cheese is melted.
- Allow to rest and firm up slightly for about 5 minutes. Serve with crackers, baguette, dry-cured salami, and berries.