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Baked Brie with Fig Spread

Baked Brie with Fig Spread from thelittlekitchen.net

Things I’m obsessed with in life: cheese, butter and cheese…oh and chocolate. I love cheese so much that when I started working on this project with Whole Foods Market, I knew I wanted to feature their awesome cheese selection. It’s amazing, they have tons of cheeses from around the world and of course from around the country.

Thinking about holiday parties, I just remember as a kid and even as an adult, I have always enjoyed munching on cheeses. Now that I’m the one hosting my family and friends, cheese is a must.

Another challenge of holiday parties: the stress! My style of entertaining is serving a mixture of homemade items and store bought items and also some items that I’ve extended. I think it’s the best way to entertain. You don’t have to spend hours and hours in the kitchen to have a nice holiday party…and no one will know that not everything is not homemade! Here’s a great guide for your holiday party needs too!

When I went shopping at my local Whole Foods, the cheesemonger helped me pick out some cheeses. She mentioned that for a nice and well-rounded cheese platter, you want at least five cheeses and to have a variety. I love baked brie, and I love figs, so I made a baked brie in puff pastry with fig spread.

Baked Brie with Fig Spread from thelittlekitchen.net

I also chose a few additional cheeses and a nice Italian salami to round out the platter even further. And I found some delicious crackers near the olive bar. Did I mention that Whole Foods has an amazing olive bar?

Baked Brie with Fig Spread from thelittlekitchen.net

For the baked brie, you just need 4 ingredients — the three above and an egg. It only takes minutes to turn a few products you bought into something special.

Baked Brie with Fig Spread from thelittlekitchen.net

Unwrap the puff pastry on a covered baking sheet. Add the brie and top with the fig spread.

Baked Brie with Fig Spread from thelittlekitchen.net

Wrap the brie up and brush with an egg wash and put into the oven for 25 minutes. It’s so good…and no one (mostly!) will know that it only took you just a few minutes to put together.

Baked Brie with Fig Spread from thelittlekitchen.net

Here’s everything else I bought for my cheese platter:

34 degrees Savory Crisps
Raincoast Crisps
Mammouth Cheddar (Wisconsin)
St. Soleil Soft Ripened Cheese washed with wine
Olives from the Whole Foods olive bar
Olli Salumeric Norcino Mild Salame with Sangiovese Wine (I’m absolutely obsessed with this salami!)
Spanish Manchego Cheese
Rogue Creamery – Rogue River Blue Cheese
Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese with Irish Stout

Cheese Spread Diagram from thelittlekitchen.net

The anatomy of my cheese platter…I seriously can’t wait to have my friends over so they can enjoy this. And that brie, look at it!

You’ll notice I have a selection of hard cheeses, manchego and cheddar and the Irish dubliner cheese with a combo of blue and soft ripened cheeses. Not only are these a nice variety but they also suit different tastes. For someone like my husband who doesn’t like blue cheese, I know he’ll enjoy the cheddar and manchego. So I have something for everyone on this platter.

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Baked Brie with Fig Spread Recipe

Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Prep Time: 5 minutes plus 20 minutes inactive time

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

12.3 ounces Imported French Brie cheese wheel
14 ounces frozen puff pastry, thawed
8.5 ounces organic fig spread
1 egg, beaten
2 to 3 teaspoons cold water

Directions:

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place puff pastry on the covered baking sheet and unwrap. Optional: using a cookie cutter, cut out shapes to top your baked brie. Cut off the end of the puff pastry with shapes cut out and discard.

Place brie on puff pastry in the middle. Add 3/4 to one full bottle of fig spread on top of the brie. Wrap the puff pastry and seal any open sides. Add cut out shapes on top.

Mix egg and water in a small bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush egg wash on puff pastry. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Allow the baked brie to rest for 15 to 20 minutes before cutting open and serving.


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Baked Brie with Fig Spread from thelittlekitchen.net

So for that holiday party, come up with a game plan. Choose your menu items and decide what you can make and what you can buy. I had a loose idea of what I wanted this cheese platter to look like and I found the Whole Foods employees so helpful in recommending items for it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Set out your serving platters and serving utensils the day before so you’re not scrambling for them the day of and be sure to take a breath and relax. It will all come together and the whole point is not to have the perfect party; the point is to have fun and spend time with friends and family!

PS Those Raincoast Crisps (to the right of the olives) — someone at Whole Foods recommended them to me and told me they are absolutely addictive. They were so right. They have seeds and flax and have different flavors. They pair really well with cheese and are downright amazing!

Do you have any holiday party tips and tricks? I would love to hear them? What kinds of foods do you feel are a must for a holiday party? Please share in the comments below!

Also, check out the Whole Foods Holiday Twitter party on Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 PM ET and follow the #WFMHoliday hashtag on Twitter to join in. And be sure to register for the twitter party too!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Whole Foods in partnership with Kitchen PLAY. I only work with brands that I love and opinions I express are always my own.

27 Responses to “Baked Brie with Fig Spread”

  1. 1
    Maria Tadic — December 3, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    I love baked brie!! I’ve never had it with figs, but other toppings – i love the saltiness of the brie and a little sweet of the spread. Yum – will try with figs!!!

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    ThisBakerGirlBlogs — December 3, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

    SO MUCH CHEESE! Love it! :)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 3, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    I loved baked brie, fab holiday appetizer!

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    Megan {Country Ckleaver} — December 3, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    Baked brie makes me meltttttt!! Sign me up for this and all the fixins :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 3, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    Such a fabulous spread of goodness. Baked brie is such a show stopper for me. I always run for it!

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    Christine (CookTheStory) — December 3, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    Julie, the only entertaining tip I can give is for everyone to see your cheese plate, it’s beautiful. You know me and cheese.

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — December 3, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful spread you came up with using high quality ingredients from Whole Foods! They do have a terrific cheese selection and so many great products that can make holiday entertaining a no-brainer. The past few years, I’ve put on a holiday party for our church with 100+ people in my house. I’ve learned to balance the number of cold vs. warm items, as well as dips vs. finger foods. Oven space is always a trick, so having a mix of items that can be served cold, room temperature and hot is key, and also having a few things that can be made stove top helps. Sternos do wonders as do hot plates.

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    Mallory @ Total Noms — December 3, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

    Love the combo of Brie and figs. When we throw a party I always try to make sure we have lots of good mixers for drinks and always a good playlist!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 3, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    The ooze-fest. I am in heaven! Your pics make me NEED to bake some brie, asap! pinned

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    Tieghan — December 3, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

    I agree with Averie, I am in heaven!! All the cheese! I want it all! I love the combo of fig spread and brie!

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    Brandon — December 4, 2013 @ 12:54 am

    I love so much about this post… first of all, puff pastry might just be one of my favorite ingredients. It can take such simple ingredients and turn them into an elegant recipe, as you’ve demonstrated. I also really like how you labeled everything in the photo. …finally, the BAKED BRIE! Yum, it looks so good! :)

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    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom — December 4, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    Give me cheese and I am a happy girl! :) love baked brie and everything you have here. . especially the Rain Coast Crisps. . my fave!!

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    Caroline — December 4, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    Oooooh…this looks and sounds SO yummy! I love Brie AND fig preserves. I usually put out a little dish of the preserves whenever I’m serving cheese. Everyone goes gaga over it, so I can only imagine how good it is with that soft, buttery melted Brie! Pinning to make this for Christmas!

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    Carolyn — December 4, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    Look at all that gooey brie oozing out. It’s a beautiful sight!!!

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — December 4, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    OMG. Dufour puff pastry is the absolute BESTTTTTT! This looks so tasty, Julie! PINNED!

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    Tasha @ thatssoyummy — December 4, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    Ok so let’s just say you read my mind… I was planning on making this and sharing it. LOL… Love it!!!!! completely drooling right now

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    Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — December 4, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    I have like half these things in my fridge right now, haha. The Whole Foods cheese section is awesome. And I’m obsessed with that fig spread. It’s the best!

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    Ash-foodfashionparty — December 4, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    This by far is my favorite way to eat Brie. Can I tell you how gorgeous that oozing cheese looks, oh my. Love it and Pinned it.

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — December 4, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

    ooey gooey cheese and sweet spreads, Love it. Brie is one of my favorite cheeses and the thought of topping with figs just puts me over the edge. Pinning!

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    Kathryn — December 4, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    I love love love a good cheese plate – I could devour everything in this post!

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    Phoebe Lapine — December 4, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    Baked brie is my favorite!! Sounds perfect with the fig spread : )

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    Christie — December 4, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    The brie is fantastic, but Whole Foods has a Cowgirl Creamery cheese that blows the brie away, and is so good with the cherry rainbow crisps and the sour cherry preserves. Yum yum!!

    I also like their Wensleydale without fruit.

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    Courtney — December 9, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    Ooooh so yummy! I wish my hubby liked cheese like I do – he only eats mozzarella and American, weirdo !

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    Smithf271 — March 28, 2014 @ 8:57 pm

    Very nice!

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