Pear Baked Brie with Caramelized Pears and Jam is a decadent yet simple appetizer. This impressive appetizer is baked in a premade crescent roll and is perfect for happy hour!
Cherry Tomato Toast with Honey Whipped Ricotta is another easy and impressive appetizer. The sweet ricotta cheese balances the tomatoes to make a delicious bite sized treat.
With the holidays here, I am all about an easy and cheesy appetizer. This Pear Baked Brie is beautiful to serve, delicious and most of all super simple to make! Add some fresh fruit, nuts and crackers to a cheese board and have an impressive appetizer!
What is Brie Cheese?
Brie Cheese is made from cow's milk. The soft cheese is held in place by an edible rind. Brie has a creamy and buttery flavor that pairs well with fresh fruit, jam, dried fruit and soft bread.
Pear Baked Brie Details
Flavor: Sweet ! This Brie is paired with caramelized pears and fig jam giving it a sweet, buttery flavor.
Level of Difficulty: Medium due to caramelizing the pears. This is an extra step but so worth it! Other than caramelizing the pears, you are simply assembling the brie and baking.
Time: From start to finish, this Pear Baked Brie will take around 35 minutes. 20 minutes of that is bake time.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Crescent Roll Dough: Use the pre-made dough in a tube. You can find this in the refrigerated aisle at your grocery store. If substituting, use a puff pastry. Note, using a puff pastry will affect the baking time. This recipe uses puff pastry and is delicious!
- Pear Jam: The Pear Jam pairs well with the caramelized pears. If pear jam is unavailable, use another fresh jam such as fig, apricot or blackberry.
- Pear: If fresh pears are unavailable, substitute an apple. Honeygold, Gala and Fiji Apples work well. Be sure to have additional sliced fruit for serving!
- Salted Butter
- Brown Sugar
- Brie Cheese Round
- Egg: Substitute egg whites or use water.
How To Make
- Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Caramelize the pears. To a small pan, melt the butter. Mix in the brown sugar and cinnamon. Add the sliced pears and mix with the butter mixture. Allow pears to simmer for about 5 minutes stirring often. Let cool.
- Prep the crescent rolls. Remove the crescent rolls from tube and break into two squares. Squeeze the seams together.
- Spread the jam. Spread pear jam onto one of the crescent roll squares.
- Add the brie. After slicing off the top of the brie rind, place the brie on top of the pear jam.
- Add the pears. Place caramelized pears on top of the brie.
- Seal the brie. Place the remaining crescent rolls square on top of the brie. Seal the crescent roll seams together.
- Use egg wash. In a small bowl, beat the egg to combine. Brush the egg wash on top of the crescent roll.
- Bake. Bake the brie for about 20 minutes until the crescent roll becomes golden.
- Enjoy! Allow the brie to cool. Serve warm.
- Use parchment paper on your baking sheet. This will save the brie and crescent roll from sticking to the pan and will allow you to easily transfer the brie to a serving tray.
- Leave the crescent rolls in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them. If they become too warm, the rolls will stick together and you will have difficulty spreading them out.
- Seal the seams of the crescent rolls before adding the jam and brie. This will prevent the jam and brie from oozing out.
What To Serve with Baked Brie
This Baked Brie makes a delicious appetizer! Serve this brie with:
- Fruit: Use pear slices, apples and grapes. These fruits pair well with the brie and add a healthy touch to a cheese board.
- Jam: Serve any remaining jam on the side.
- Nuts: To add a salty element, add some almonds the board.
- Crostini or Crackers
Can you eat the Cheese Rind?
Yes, you can eat the cheese rind on the brie. I recommend removing the top of the rind when baking as this allows the brie to bubble and become melty. Keep the sides and bottom of the rind on as this will keep the brie in place and prevent it from oozing everywhere.
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Pear Baked Brie (with Caramelized Pears and Jam)
- 1 Baking Sheet
- 1 Sharp Knife
- Parchment Paper
- Saute Pan
- 1 8 oz Tube Crescent Roll Dough
- 4 tablespoon Pear Jam
- 1 Pear Sliced plus more for serving
- 1 tablespoon Salted Butter
- 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
- ¼ tsp Cinnamon
- 8 oz Brie Cheese Round
- 1 Egg Beaten
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put parchment paper on a baking pan.
- Place small pan on stove and turn heat to medium. Add butter and allow to melt. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Add sliced pears to pan. Mix pears with butter mixture. Allow pears to simmer for 5 minutes stirring often. Pears should be soft. Remove from heat.
- Remove crescent roll from tube and roll out. Split into 2 large squares (4 triangles in each square).
- Spread pear jam onto one of the crescent roll squares.
- Cut top of rind off of brie. Place brie on top of pear jam.
- Place pears on top of brie.
- Put other crescent roll square on top of brie. Seal top and bottom crescent roll together.
- Break egg into a small bowl and whisk to combine. Brush egg on top of crescent roll.
- Bake for 20 minutes until crescent roll is golden. Serve brie warm.