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The holidays are coming up so quickly so I thought I’d share my go-to recipe for holiday entertaining, baked brie with balsamic fig preserves. Simple and oh-so-delicious!
A Peek Into My World
So, last week was my 5 year wedding anniversary and I shared the first meal I ever cooked for David when we were dating, mushroom risotto. I also told you he had a surprise date night planned for me. The surprise was awesome! He signed us up for a cooking class at SurlaTable! I have been after that man for years to tag along with me to one of those classes.
This particular class focused on Cooking with Wine. We made steak au poivre with roasted potatoes, a roasted beet salad, and vanilla ice cream with fresh figs poached in a red wine sauce. OH MY GOODNESS. I have poached pears many, many times. Figs? Nope, not once. These were AMAZING!! And, as icing on the top, we also had an indulgent chocolate creme de pot.
The class was so fun and much better than the typical dinner and a movie date. Definitely, a night catered to me, lol. My husband was a terrific sport too. He even learned how to separate egg yolks! He doesn’t have to do much in the kitchen at home. The majority of his cooking is done outside on the grill. Which I so appreciate in the summer. Who wants to heat up their house to cook in August? Not me.
I Finally Bought an Instant Pot
One of the perks of taking a class at SurlaTable is that you get a discount coupon to shop after class. Can you guess what I did? Yep, I shopped. I finally purchased an Instant Pot to see what all the fuss is about. I made a few things to play around with it and help figure out the settings. So far I’ve made several soups, risotto, short ribs, and a cheesecake. Yep, a cheesecake. The Instant Pot is definitely handy to have around.
I think I prefer my dutch oven for soups, but for the short ribs and risotto, I really enjoyed the Instant Pot. Much easier. I like to make large amounts of soup at once and freeze it for later. Especially during the fall and winter. It makes for easy dinners and lunches. And if you are sick, bam. Comforting, homemade soup is only a few minutes away. The Instant Pot doesn’t allow me to make large batches. It does, however, allow me to make smaller batches much quicker. That is a plus in my book any day.
Can you believe there are less than 15 weeks before Christmas? I certainly can’t! Where did the year go? For my entertaining, I like to keep things simple. Complicated things keep you in the kitchen and away from your guests. A few of my favorite things to make is baked brie with pita chips, nut and fruit boards, and charcuterie boards. Today, I am sharing my current favorite baked brie recipe, baked brie with balsamic fig preserves. It is so delicious. The tang from the balsamic and sweetness of the figs pair perfectly with the warm creamy brie. Add cinnamon pita chips (gluten free of course) and you have an impressive (but simple) appetizer. We all love simple, right?
How to Make Baked Brie with Balsamic Fig Preserves
The fig preserves can be made ahead of time. I always make a big batch when figs are in season and store the preserves in my freezer until I need them. Remembering to pull them out of the freezer the day before is truly the hardest part of the recipe. For me at least. If you do not already have these jams/preserves made I’ll walk you through the process really quick.
To begin making these, set your figs on the counter and forget about them for a couple days. HAHA! No really, let them ripen and start to soften. Notice I said start. Once the figs have begun getting soft, wash them and put them in a stockpot. Add 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar to the stock pot as well. Muddle all ingredients together. A potato smasher actually works great for this! Cook covered over medium-low heat and allow fruit to fully break down. This will take about an hour. Be sure to stir occasionally.
Once the balsamic fig jam has cooked for an hour or so and the fruit has fully broken down, turn the burner off and remove stock pot from heat. Add 1 tbsp of black chia seeds and stir. Allow the jam to thicken and cool. Once cooled, add to ball jam jar. Refrigerate and/or freeze your jars. Jam with keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. In the freezer, the jam should easily last 6 months. I recommend keeping one in your fridge and storing the rest in the freezer until they are needed. That way none of this delicious jam goes to waste.
How to Bake Brie
Take the brie out of the refrigerator and set it on the counter. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment and place the brie in the center. Bake for 8-10 minutes. To avoid over-baking and melting the cheese, I recommend checking it at 8 minutes. If it is not soft to touch let it bake a little longer in small time increments. The goal is to get the inside ooey gooey and melty but keep the outside structure intact. The result is AMAZING!!
I like to serve this with pita bread. This gluten-free pita bread recipe is great! Or you can find a gluten-free pita at the store. Either works just depends on how much time you have. I like to coat my pita with a mixture of melted butter, cinnamon, and vanilla bean paste. It makes a subtly sweet treat to hold the baked brie.
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8 oz jars
- 1 pint fresh figs
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp black chia seeds
- 1 wheel brie
- 2-3 pieces pita bread optional serving vessel, cut into points
- Wash figs
- Add figs, honey, sugar, and balsamic vinegar to stock pot
- Cook covered on medium low for about an hour (until all the fruit has broken down)
- Stir occasionally
- Remove preserves from heat
- Add chia seeds
- Allow preserves to cool and thicken
- Add preserves to jars and refrigerate or freeze
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
- Place Brie on baking sheet lined with parchment
- Allow to come to room temp while oven is preheating
- When oven is ready, bake the brie for 8-10 minutes
- Check the brie at 8 minutes. If more time is needed add 2 more minutes and check again
- Top brie with preserves and serve
- I prefer my preserves to be a little warm so I warm them a little in a small stockpot prior to topping the brie
- Serve with grapes, gluten free pita chips, or anything else you would like
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Line a baking dish/sheet with parchment paper
- Bake Brie for 8-10 minutes (be sure not to overcook, we want the shape to remain intact)
- Meanwhile, warm the preserves
- Remove brie from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes
- Top with preserves
candyOctober 11, 2017
Making baked brie really isn’t that difficult and makes for a great dish and presentation. I put a top on mine so when it is cut open all comes out. People love it.
Harmony, Momma To GoOctober 11, 2017
I have made this, I love fig, this is such an easy and crowd pleasing app! Def good for this time of year, indoor parties. feels like fall.
Corey | The Nostalgia DiariesOctober 11, 2017
Oh my gosh, this looks incredible! And that combination of the fig and brie? Perfect!
Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendorOctober 11, 2017
That was such a sweet date your husband planned for you both. The memories I know you created are priceless. And this baked brie looks so yummy.
AndreaOctober 11, 2017
I love baked brie, it is too good and perfect for the holidays. I really like the salty sweet combo. I normally go for goat milk brie since I can digest goat milk.
Annie @ Annie's NomsOctober 12, 2017
Happy belated anniversary! Sounds like you had a wonderful surprise date night too! This baked brie looks sooo wonderful; I’ve never tried fig preserves before, but I do love figs, so I can only imagine how divine the combo of brie, balsamic and figs together is – yum!
Deborah RegenOctober 12, 2017
How yummy! Yay for parchment paper. What an elegant appetizer for house guests. Will bookmark this one.
KirstyOctober 12, 2017
My mouth started drooling as soon as it saw the word brie- might need to give this a try over the weekend!
Nayantara HegdeOctober 13, 2017
This looks so delicious. I love Brie and I think Brie and figs would be such a fantastic combination. This looks perfect for a pre dinner snack for a party.
Kelly HutchinsonOctober 14, 2017
Baked brie is one of my favorite things to eat. I have never tried it with figs, but it sounds delicious!
YolandaOctober 14, 2017
I love that you make your own pita chips with this. Baked brie is always good but the fig preserves definitely take it up a notch. Looks amazing!!
kathryn claytonDecember 8, 2017
Love the combination of warm runny brie and figs, a wonderful appetizer for this time of year, a crowd pleaser for sure.
Melissa | It's a Mom Life After AllDecember 8, 2017
Looks yummy. We love preserves and try to find new ones to try.
SaraDecember 8, 2017
This is beautiful, can’t wait to try it for my next party!
Tracy | Baking MischiefDecember 8, 2017
Happy belated anniversary! That sounds like such a fun way to spend it. And this looks like an amazing appetizer, especially for this time of year!
SoniyaDecember 8, 2017
Firstly Happy anniversary!! The baked brie looks so scumpticous..I have never had it with figs.. can’t wait to try it!
ElaineDecember 8, 2017
I always try to preserve as much of figs as I can. And not only figs. but the funny part is that I always forget to get them out on time LOL Thanks for sharing your beautiful experiences, Leslie.
EmilyDecember 9, 2017
The figs sound really really delicious!
Paula @ I'm Busy Being AwesomeDecember 10, 2017
This looks incredible! I made baked brie with apricot spread for Thanksgiving. I love this addition of balsamic fig preserves. Thanks for the inspiration:)
Leslie MorrisonDecember 11, 2017
ooh, I’ve never tried brie with apricots. That sounds yummy!
SusannahDecember 11, 2017
We love brie! I should definitely try this!
LeeDecember 13, 2017
I love baked Brie! Also I actually make my own fig jam! Love that you made your own bread instead of wrapping the Brie in a pastry.