Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

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Make a stunning baked brie puff pastry for your next holiday gathering! Gooey melted cheese is baked in a flaky crust and topped with cranberry sauce, herbs, and nuts—dip with crostini, crackers, or fruit.

Baked brie in puff pastry served on a platter with fruit and crackers.

Baked brie wrapped in puff pastry is a stunning yet easy appetizer to prepare for the holidays. Baking creates a delightful and fun culinary experience for your guests when they break through the golden-brown crust to reveal a molten cheese center. I use cranberry sauce to add fall-inspired flavors, and freshly chopped herbs provide an enticing taste and aromas. 

The assembly is simple: place the wheel in the pastry sheet, top, wrap, brush, and bake! This dish is excellent for assembling ahead of time so that you can heat it right before you’re ready to serve. I like to pair this with slices of crusty bread, crispy crackers, or fresh fruit to dip in the gooey cheese. It’s a crowd-pleasing recipe that disappears fast!

Rolling out puff pastry on a floured cutting board.
Step 4. Roll out the pastry

Cheese selection

Brie cheese has a mild buttery flavor, high-fat content, and soft, creamy texture that creates a molten-like consistency when heated. Much easier than trying to spread cold pieces onto crackers! It’s a soft-ripened cow’s milk cheese from France. The thin white molded rind that encases it is edible. It comes from Penicillium Candidum, which creates a bloomy white covering. 

I like to keep the shell intact for stability and shape instead of oozing out of the pastry. I use an 8-ounce wheel of brie for the recipe. However, you can purchase various sizes to fit your needs, from mini 0.9 ounces round to 16 ounces. You’ll have to adjust the topping amounts and bake time.

The difference between double cream and triple cream brie

The difference is in fat content and texture. Double cream brie is the typical method; the cheese must have between 60% and 75% milkfat. For an even softer and richer texture, triple cream adds additional cream to the cheese and must be over 75% milk fat. 

Since you are melting the cheese in this recipe, you could use either one and not see as much texture difference compared to spreading room-temperature products. Chefs choice!

Prepare the pastry

Unless you are making a sheet of puff pastry from scratch, some brands sell frozen sheets. Pepperidge Farms is easy to find in the freezer section at major grocery stores. Depending on your preference, you can also look for all-butter or even gluten-free puff pastry sheets. It’s easy to defrost at room temperature and ready to use in about 40 minutes for things like cheese straws. You can also defrost it in the refrigerator the night before if you want to prep ahead of time.

Once the sheet is still cool yet pliable, it’s ready to use. I roll it out onto a lightly floured surface into an 11-inch square. An 8-ounce wheel of brie is about 4 ½- inch in diameter and 1-inch thick, so this will cover the bottom, sides, and top. Roll it out to 12 inches for larger sizes or enough to cover the cheese completely.

Add delicious toppings

Place the entire wheel of brie in the center of the puff pastry. You could keep it simple and just wrap and bake. However, I like to add a fruity jam, herbs, and a crunchy element. For convenience, open up a can or make my classic cranberry sauce recipe. It’s effortless! You can also use fig, strawberry jam, or even orange marmalade to switch things up.

The sweetness and a hint of acidity balance the buttery richness of the brie. Fresh rosemary and thyme go nicely together and add a fragrant aroma when baked. Chopped walnuts add a surprise texture when dipping. Pecans or pistachios are tasty substitutions. Drizzle some honey or pure maple syrup over the nuts to create a caramelized flavor as they bake.

Wrap the brie

The goal is to encase the cheese in the pastry completely. In culinary school, I learned a classic French technique called en croûte, or wrapped and baked in pastry. The process is very similar to making beef wellington

Create a pleated design by bringing up the corners of the pastry sheet, overlapping and meeting in the middle. I like having the corners face up to give a prettier design. This also allows more room for the dough layers to separate during baking for a light and flaky texture.

Apply egg wash

Make sure to use egg wash to brush the pastry when folding it to help it stick together. When applying, I add one egg to 1 tablespoon of water to slightly thin out the consistency. Also, brush the top and sides right before baking. The egg proteins turn a deep golden brown color, and the eggs’ fat leaves a glossy shine. It makes for a stunning presentation.

brie wrapped in puff pastry with sliced vents
Step 7. Create vents

Score the surface

Use a sharp paring knife to add shallow scores on top of the puff pastry. This process creates little vents for steam to escape and prevents the layers from getting too high during baking.

Baking tips

Puff pastry needs to bake in a hot 400ºF (204ºC) oven. This temperature kickstarts steam production which will separate the layers of dough. In about 30 minutes, the pastry shell will turn golden in color, and the outside should feel very crisp and dry. The cheese in the center will be like a molten lava cake, so wait about 5 to 10 minutes before serving. 

You don’t want any burnt taste buds! It will stay scoopable for about 45 minutes. The pastry acts as a little protective jacket to keep it warm longer.

Serve this with

cheese oozing out of a puff pastry

Frequently asked questions

Do you take the rind off the brie before baking?

No, the rind is mild in flavor and edible. It also encases the cheese, so it doesn’t leak out of the pastry as it bakes. If desired, you can slice off just the top area so that it mixes with the toppings.

What goes with baked brie?

Fresh fruit like pears, strawberries, blueberries, figs, and apple slices. Jam like cranberry, fig, or strawberry. Bread like crostini, crackers, or crisps. Dried fruit like cranberries or apricots. Mixed nuts, salted, unsalted, or candied like walnuts, almonds, or pecans.

Should brie be at room temperature before baking?

It’s best to bake brie when still cold from the refrigerator. The cheese is high in fat content, so it becomes gooey and fluid rather quickly. Only leave it at room temperature if spreading it on bread or crackers.

What’s the difference between camembert and brie?

They both are soft-ripened cheeses with similar creamy textures. Camembert has a more intense earthy and fermented mushroom-like taste and aroma. Brie is milder, with a buttery, nutty, and fruity palate. Brie is denser, with about 65% milk fat, and camembert is less dense, with about 45% milk fat.

How do you keep baked brie warm?

The cheese will stay warm for about 30 minutes when baked in puff pastry. After that, it will come to room temperature and solidify. You can lightly cover it with foil to retain the heat, but the pastry may not stay as crisp. If needed, rewarm in a 300-degree oven until the center is scoopable.

dipping a cracker into a cheese plate

Recipe Science

Working with puff pastry

Puff pastry is made of hundreds of layers of fat between the dough. When baked, the moisture in the ingredients steams and separates the dough layers. To ensure a light and flaky texture, ensure the dough is cold so the pockets of fat are still intact and not melted into the next layer. When rolling out, use gentle pressure. Don’t push down too hard, or the layers meld together and become dense.

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

Gooey melted cheese baked in a flaky puff pastry crust and topped with cranberry sauce, herbs, and nuts—perfect appetizer for dipping.
4.73 from 33 votes
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 puff pastry sheet, defrosted if frozen
  • 8 ounces brie, (1 cheese wheel)
  • all-purpose flour, for dusting
  • ¼ cranberry sauce, or fig, or strawberry jam
  • ½ teaspoon chopped rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon chopped thyme
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ cup walnuts, or pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions 

  • Preheat the Oven – Set the oven rack to the middle position. Heat to 400ºF (190ºC). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
  • Defrost the Pastry – Remove the frozen pastry from its packaging and defrost it on a sheet tray on the countertop until it is cool but pliable, about 40 minutes. If not using right away, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • Prepare the Eggwash – In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water, and set it aside.
  • Roll the Pastry – Place the defrosted puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. If it feels sticky, lightly dust it with flour. Use a rolling pin to press it out into an 11-inch square. Don’t press too hard, or the puff pastry layers will fuse together.
  • Add the Filling – Place the brie in the center of the puff pastry. Evenly spread the cranberry sauce on top. Sprinkle the rosemary and thyme, followed by the chopped walnuts. Drizzle some honey on top.
  • Wrap the Brie – Bring one corner of the pastry up and over the brie, and brush with egg wash. Continue to wrap the brie, creating a pleated design, pressing down the sides to remove any air, and brushing the pastry to help it stick. Gently press the edges and top to secure.
  • Create Vents – Brush the top and sides with the egg wash. Make shallow scores on the surface, about ½" apart and about 1" long to create vents. This allows steam to escape so the surface doesn’t get too puffy.
  • Bake – Place the wrapped brie on the paper-lined sheet pan. Bake until the surface is golden brown and crisp, about 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Let it Cool – Remove the pan from the oven and leave the baked brie on the baking sheet for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm with crackers, baguettes, crostini, or fruit.

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Notes

  • Serving Size: ½ ounce of cheese
  • Make-Ahead: Top and wrap the cheese in the puff pastry. Wait to brush the surface and sides with egg wash. Tightly wrap in plastic and store in a resealable bag or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Brush with egg wash and score before baking.
  • Reheating: Place cheese on a foil or parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Rewarm at 300ºF (149ºC) until the center melts.
  • Cheese Selection: Camembert can be substituted for brie for a more pungent taste.
  • Larger Wheels: For cheeses between 12 to 16 ounces, roll the pastry to about a 12-inch square—double the amount of toppings. Add just enough to cover the surface. Bake until golden brown, about 30 to 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 16 servings
Calories 148kcal (7%)Carbohydrates 8g (3%)Protein 4g (8%)Fat 11g (17%)Saturated Fat 4g (20%)Polyunsaturated Fat 2gMonounsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 14mg (5%)Sodium 127mg (5%)Potassium 40mg (1%)Fiber 1g (4%)Sugar 1g (1%)Vitamin A 88IU (2%)Vitamin C 1mg (1%)Calcium 30mg (3%)Iron 1mg (6%)

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000-calorie diet. All nutritional information is based on estimated third-party calculations. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.

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    • Jessica Gavin says

      Was the brie well wrapped inside the brie? Did you notice any cuts in the rind before wrapping? The melted cheese should stay in the pastry, as the rind doesn’t break down when heated. Would love to help you figure out the issue!

  1. Dulce says

    On step number 5 you state to put cranberry sauce on top. On top of what? The puff pastry or the Brie? Sorry I’ve never made this. And should I cut the top part of the Brie off? I’ve tried Brie with that skin and it tastes weird. Will that taste go away after its cooked? ?

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Dulce! Place the cranberry sauce on top of the brie. The skin softens, so it won’t taste as tough. You could cut the top off, but a lot of the cheese will melt and run out of the pastry.