Baked brie with honey is a delicious appetiser or cheese board accompaniment with plenty of exciting variations to try!
After baking your brie with herbs and spices, drizzle raw manuka honey to deliver a sweet hit packed full of antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Try it with fresh or dried fruits, nuts, charcuterie, crusty bread, and your favourite wine.
Baked brie with honey is the underated appetizer that'll impress your guests at any gathering.
This delicious dish combines the rich and creamy texture of brie cheese with the natural sweetness of honey - a tasty experience you won't soon forget!
Preparation is easier than you might think and requires just a few ingredients.
Here’s how to make your baked brie with manuka honey, plus top tips for the best results and pairing suggestions to take your tastebuds up a notch.
In this article, you’ll find:
Baked brie with honey preparation steps
5 tips for the perfect baked brie with honey
Delicious pairing and serving suggestions
Storing and reheating your baked brie with honey
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Before you begin, preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) and line a suitable tray with baking paper.
Gently unwrap your brie wheel, taking care not to break the rind, and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Don't worry about slicing or scoring the brie, as this will happen naturally during the baking process.
As your oven warms up, gather your honey and any other desired accompaniments such as fresh berries, nuts or crackers.
Once your oven is up to the right temperature, put your brie in the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes to achieve that perfect gooey, melted centre.
Baked Brie with Manuka Honey (Step-by-Step)
To prepare a delicious baked brie with honey, you'll need the following ingredients:
1 wheel of brie cheese (approximately 8 to 16 ounces)
Fresh thyme and rosemary leaves
New Zealand Honey Co. manuka honey for drizzling
Unwrap brie and place it in the centre of your prepared baking dish or sheet pan.
Sprinkle the top of the brie with fresh thyme and rosemary leaves. The fresh herbs will bring out the flavours of your baked brie.
Once herbs are evenly distributed, place the baking dish or sheet pan in the preheated oven.
Bake the brie for 10-25 minutes until warm and soft.
After baking, remove the baked brie from the oven and carefully transfer it onto a serving plate. The brie will be very soft, so take extra caution when handling to avoid spills.
Drizzle your honey on top and any other toppings you might want to add.
Your baked brie with honey is now ready to be enjoyed. Serve it with accompaniments like sliced apples, grapes, dried figs, or your favourite crackers.
5 Tips for the Perfect Baked Brie with Manuka Honey
To ensure your baked brie with manuka honey turns out perfectly every time, consider these helpful tips and tricks:
Choosing the right brie: Opt for a wheel of brie that is ripe but not overly soft. Look for a brie with a creamy texture and a bloomy rind. This will ensure that it melts beautifully when baked while still holding its shape.
Choosing the right honey: Using manuka honey not only gives you the sweet, earthy flavour that pairs beautifully with creamy brie, but extra nutrients too. Packed full of beneficial compounds, manuka honey is used to treat various medical conditions and keep people healthy inside and out!
Preparing the brie: Before baking, it's a good idea to remove the thin outer rind of the brie. This step is optional but it can help to prevent bitterness from the rind contributing to the final taste. However, leaving the rind intact is fine if you enjoy its flavour and texture.
Baking time and temperature: Preheat your oven to around 350°F (175°C). Baked brie with honey usually takes about 10-15 minutes to warm and melt. However, make sure to keep an eye on it, as the exact time can vary depending on the size and ripeness of the cheese. You want the brie to be soft and gooey but not overly runny.
Presentation and serving: Serve your baked brie with honey immediately while it's still warm and gooey. Transfer the brie to a serving platter or a cheese board, and provide a cheese knife or spreader for easy serving. Accompany it with your desired pairings, such as crusty bread, fresh fruits, or nuts.
Experiment with flavours: Don't be afraid to experiment with additional flavours and toppings. Consider sprinkling chopped herbs like thyme or rosemary over the baked brie before drizzling with honey. You can also add a sprinkle of Himalayan rock salt or a dash of balsamic glaze for a savory twist.
By incorporating these ideas, you'll be well on your way to creating a perfect baked brie with honey.
Enjoy the melty, gooey goodness and the delightful combination of flavours that will impress your guests and make any occasion extra special.
Delicious Pairing Suggestions for Your Baked Brie with Honey
When it comes to enjoying the delectable combination of baked brie with manuka honey, the right pairings can elevate your taste experience to new heights.
Here are some ideas.
Fresh crusty bread
Serve your warm baked brie with a selection of crusty bread slices or a freshly baked baguette.
The crispy texture of the bread complements the creamy brie and the sweet honey, creating a delightful contrast.
Add a refreshing twist to your baked brie by pairing it with a variety of fresh fruits.
Slices of crisp apples, juicy pears, or tangy grapes provide a burst of flavour that helps to balance the richness of the cheese with the sweetness of the honey.
For a touch of sweetness and chewiness, consider serving your baked brie with dried fruits. Figs, apricots, or cranberries add a delightful contrast of flavours and textures to the creamy and gooey brie.
Incorporate some crunch into your baked brie experience by including a selection of nuts.
Toasted almonds, walnuts, or pecans provide a pleasant texture and a nutty flavour that pairs exceptionally well with the creamy cheese and honey.
Elevate your baked brie with honey experience by pairing it with a glass of wine.
Opt for a crisp and fruity white wine such as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.
If you prefer red wine, try selecting a lighter-bodied option like Pinot Noir or Beaujolais.
The wine's acidity and fruitiness complement the overall flavour.
Spreads and chutneys
Enhance the flavours of your baked brie by serving it with complementary spreads or chutneys.
Try a tangy cranberry sauce, a spicy pepper jelly, or a sweet fig jam.
These additions provide a burst of flavour that beautifully complements the creamy brie and honey.
Create a complete culinary experience by incorporating baked brie with honey into a charcuterie board.
Add cured meats like prosciutto or salami, olives, pickles, and an assortment of cheeses.
The combination of flavours and textures creates a diverse and satisfying tasting experience.
Remember, the pairings mentioned above are just a starting point. Feel free to get creative and experiment with different ingredients to find your personal favorite combinations.
Whether you're hosting a dinner party with friends or enjoying a quiet, cozy evening at home, the right pairings will take your baked brie with honey to a whole new level of flavour.
Storing and Reheating your Baked Brie with Honey
If you have leftovers, place them in an airtight container. They will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
To preserve the creamy texture, cover the brie with a damp kitchen towel before placing it inside the container. This helps to prevent the cheese from drying out.
When it's time to reheat your baked brie, preheat your oven to 120°C (250°F). You can also use an air fryer, just set it to 120°C and set a timer for 10 minutes.
To prepare the brie for reheating, wrap it loosely in aluminium foil and place it on a wire rack over a sheet pan. Pour approximately 2 tablespoons of water into the sheet pan. This will create steam to keep your brie moist and tender during the reheating process.
Place the foil-wrapped brie in the preheated oven or air fryer. Heat the parcel for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese begins to ooze.
Once your brie is heated to your liking, carefully unwrap the foil and serve it warm with manuka honey, crackers and fruit for a delightful, indulgent treat.
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