This baked brie recipe is quick, easy to follow, and tastes divine. It's perfect for entertaining because you can make it ahead of time, then bake it when your guests arrive. It calls for a mix of nuts and cranberries that you just put on top of the cheese and bake. Super simple and exquisite!
In a small bowl, mix the sugar, nuts, cranberries, and Amaretto.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove the brie from the box and outer packaging and place it in a small cast-iron skillet or a pie plate lined with parchment paper. You can lightly score the top rind into wedges (star shape) or diamonds if you wish.
Top the brie with the nut mixture and bake for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is slightly softened and the sugar is melted.
For a more intense brandy flavor, it is best to refrigerate the topping for at least two hours or overnight.
If your dried fruit is too dry, add them to a bowl of boiling-hot water until they plump up, drain, and pat them dry.
Line your baking dish with a piece of parchment paper coming up to the sides for easy removal to a serving platter. This step is not necessary if you'll be serving it in the same dish.
It's a good idea to place the dish holding the brie on top of a sheet pan or baking sheet. It will catch any falling nuts or oozing cheese and help to remove it from the oven.
If your oven doesn't heat up to 500 F, bake at 400 F for 10-12 minutes.
If the cheese is oozing out before you take it out of the pan, let it sit to solidify enough to where you can remove it without losing all the insides (ask me how I know).
Serve with crackers (gluten-free if you have dietary restrictions), toasted French baguette slices, or sliced apples and pears. Brush the fruit wedges with lemon juice to stop from browning.
Refrigerate the leftovers in an air-tight container for up to three days.
To reheat the baked brie, place it in a microwave-safe dish and warm it for 20-30 seconds at a time. You can also put it in a 300 F warm oven for a few minutes.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used and the amount served.