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Bite-Sized Baked Brie With Honey

Bite-Sized Baked Brie With Honey and Rosemary

Growing up, we spent the holidays at our aunt’s house in Pennsylvania. On Christmas Eve, we always went to her neighbors’ house for a party. While the other kids played hide-and-seek and made forts, I would park myself by the baked brie and go to town. It still lives on in my mind as a magical, warm holiday treat. So, this week, we’re finishing up our month of party appetizers with this bite-sized baked brie from Michelle of Hummingbird High. With only a handful of ingredients, these cheesy starters are perfect for winter entertaining…

Bite-Sized Baked Brie With Honey and Rosemary
by Michelle Lopez of Hummingbird High

I used to watch my mom throw whirlwind dinner parties every Friday evening. There would be lots of conversation, laughter and, of course, wine and good food. I always thought I’d end up having those same kinds of parties when I grew up.

Almost twenty years later, however, I’ve yet to throw a party as classy and successful as my mom’s. The handful I’ve hosted always seem to end up with me yelling conversations from the kitchen as I frantically try to cook the ambitious recipe I’ve committed to. What a stark contrast from my calm, polished mother who never appeared to have any disasters in the kitchen! Instead, there she always was, with a plate of great appetizers and a bottle of wine to refill everyone’s glasses.

To this day, I still don’t know how she did it, but I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way to make entertaining easier. One of my secrets is this recipe for bite-sized baked brie drizzled with honey and fresh rosemary. Everybody loves a warm, buttery, cheesy pastry and this recipe certainly delivers. The best part is that despite looking like you slaved away in the kitchen for hours, it comes together in only 20 minutes or so. It’s the perfect starter to whet everyone’s appetites, all the while giving you enough breathing room in the kitchen — and more time to enjoy that glass of wine.

Bite-Sized Baked Brie With Honey and Rosemary

Recipe: Bite-Sized Baked Brie With Honey and Rosemary

You’ll need:

1 pound of puff pastry (one package of two sheets, frozen), thawed enough to be malleable but still cold
4 oz brie with the rinds removed, cold
4 oz (1/4 cup) dark honey, plus more for drizzling
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1 large egg, gently whisked
Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375F. Prepare two 9 x 13-inch baking sheets by lining each with parchment paper.

On a gently floured surface, roll out 1/2 pound (1 sheet) of puff pastry; be sure to keep the other sheet in the fridge so it stays chilled. Working quickly, use a 2 1/2- to 3-inch round cookie cutter or an upside down glass to stamp out as many circles as you can. You should end up with six or seven circles at this point.

Place about one small tablespoon of brie in the center of half of the circles you made. If your brie doesn’t fit in the circle, you can use your hands to roll the cheese into a ball, then press down on it to create a disc that will fit nicely in the circle. Add a dollop of honey (around 1/2 teaspoon or so) on top of the brie. Tear a couple rosemary leaves off from your sprig and sprinkle them on top of the brie and honey.

Take the remaining puff pastry circles and place one over each circle prepared with brie and rosemary. Use a fork to press the edges of the two puff pastry circles together to create a little patty held together by crimps from the fork. Don’t be shy: the more definitive your crimps are at this stage, the prettier your end result will be, even if it looks like the crimps are tearing the pastry apart.

If your fork starts to get stuck to the pastry, dip it in a small bowl of flour to prevent it from sticking. Prick the top of each circle lightly with a fork and transfer all the circles to a prepared baking sheet. Chill the baking sheet in the freezer while you roll out the second pastry sheet and repeat the steps above.

Once you’ve finished your second tray of pastries, transfer it to the freezer to chill. Working quickly, remove the first tray and use a pastry brush to brush the whisked egg over the top of each circle. Sprinkle with sea salt. Transfer the tray to your preheated oven to bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.

Remove from oven and allow the pastries to cool slightly on a warm rack before drizzling with honey and serving immediately. Repeat with the second tray of pastries. These bites are best served warm, about 10 to 15 minutes or so out the oven.

Bite-Sized Baked Brie With Honey and Rosemary

Thank you so much, Michelle!

P.S. More recipes, including favorite pumpkin treats and how to create the perfect cheese plate.

(Recipe and photos by Michelle Lopez. This series is edited by Stella Blackmon.)

  1. I’ve done a similar appetizer with lavender honey – it’s just amazing when you break into the brie and the honey just oozes out.

  2. Mmm, delicious! Love, love, love brie. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe! :)

  3. Marie says...

    Well, when a French girl drools at the idea of your Brie recipe, clearly you’re doing something right ;) but I would never remove the rinds! They’re what make the cheese alive (right, and now I sound like a LOTR elf or something).

    • I agree!

  4. Anna says...

    ” While the other kids played hide-and-seek and made forts, I would park myself by the baked brie and go to town. ” This and your New Year’s resolution to stop eating cheese for every meal basically summs up my relationship with cheese. Actually made that my own resolution, but raised a white flag the very next day. Would love to hear how your’s is holding up. xo

  5. I love brie and plan to ease myself in to the world of entertaining with an appetizer and cocktail party this Christmas. Maybe these will feature amongst my bite-sized nibbles, https://champagneinateacup.wordpress.com/

  6. These are incredible beautiful, my Thanksgiving sides tend to look a little less perfect, but as long as they taste good! Love the recipe though!! I just made and posted (and cannot stop eating) my favorite recipe for delicious and easy candied pecans with egg whites! If anyone’s looking for a great hostess gift!

    http://www.touchofcurl.com/blog/2015/11/25/cinnamon-sugar-candied-nuts

    • M says...

      Agree, they remind me of Tiropita- so delicious!

  7. This looks so delicious!

    Joanna, I made a less than a minute video that shows how I prepared a cheese plate for my boys’ comunion party last month. It was delicious and it included brie with honey! I should have invited you! haha!

    This is the link http://youtu.be/AOUdX5lllUk and this is the link to the blog post http://eclecticalu.blogspot.com.ar/2015/11/cheese-plate-praise-video.html
    Thank you so much!

    Whenever you feel like going to Buenos Aires, let me know and I can always get brie for you (and me) I love it too!

    Alina

  8. nohatnogloves says...

    Like the sound of the pasties…but not the rushing whilst making it. Perhaps not for me. However…on holiday in Rhodes this year, I ate one of the most delicious things ever in my whole (fairly long) life. A traditional cheese, served whole, lashings of Rhodian honey and loads of flaked, baked almonds. I think the cheese was called Myzithra. Cannot be sure, was in a trance. If you ever get the chance, do it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      whoa, this sounds totally incredible.

  9. I have yet to learn the art of entertaining! Maybe with this recipe I can actually fake it till I make it! It sure is a lot better than my go to hosting snack – cheddar cheese and Ritz crackers hahaha!

  10. Michele says...

    My 4yr old: that fish looks delicious!
    Me: it’s cheese.
    My 4yr old: that’s disgusting!

    I guess he’s more a fort maker. :) thanks, this looks yummy to me.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha what a cutie.

  11. rach says...

    this sounds fantastic!!! Brie is my absolute favorite! I couldn’t eat it this time last year, because I was early in my pregnancy and was still learning all the things you ” can’t eat”. Even my Auntie in law bought a huge wheel of brie for our Christmas party in early Dec last year just for me! And I hadn’t told anyone I was expecting yet! She kept asking me throughout the party, ” Have you had brie yet?! I bought it just for you!” haha oh man. I avoided the cheese spread at that party, and my Auntie ;)
    Merry Christmas and Happy Thanksgiving! Brie bites are a must have for tomorrow I’m thinking! Gotta make up for last year!! <3
    Rachel