Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, & Maple Syrup

Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup

Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, & Maple Syrup ~ this dish gathers together so many fall favorites…with gooey molten cheese and maple syrup, caramelized apples and crunchy roasted pecans, it’s no wonder people just want to hang out by this appetizer all night.

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It’s hard to beat baked Brie.  Or toasted pecans, warm maple syrup, and crunchy SweeTango apples.  And when you put them all together into one show stopper of an appetizer, all bets are off…

Sweetango apples for Baked Brie with Maple, Apples, and Pecans ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

I love a crisp, crunchy apple, for me, that’s what it’s all about ~ if an apple is too soft or too sweet, I’m just not into it.  I look forward to that first bite into a perfect fall apple all year long, and SweeTangos are right up my alley.  If you want to get scientific about it, Sweetango apples (like Honeycrisps) actually have larger cells than other varieties ~ and that means a better crunch.  When you sink your teeth into one, those big juicy cells explode in your mouth.  The flavor is a combo of sweet and tangy (hence the name.)  SweeTangos actually hold the Guinness world record for loudest crunch, coming in at 79.1 decibels!

Maple Baked Brie with Apples and Pecans is a warm, hearty appetizer with that 'wow' factor. ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

For this appetizer you’ll need a SweeTango apple, a 16 ounce wheel of Brie, a bag of pecan halves, and some good maple syrup.  You’ll also need a broad, shallow ovenproof dish that you can also serve out of.  Make sure there’s a little space all around for the extra apples, pecans, and maple syrup to collect.  A pie plate works well.

TIP: Most large supermarkets sell wheels of Brie in the cheese section, and the good news is that they last a long time in your refrigerator, so you can stock up on a few and be ready to set out a killer appetizer at a moment’s notice.

Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup is a crowd pleasing appetizer for the holidays! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Layer the toasted pecans around the outer edge of the cheese.

Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup combines the best flavors of the season into one amazing appetizer! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Load up the caramelized apples in the center, and drizzle with maple syrup.

Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup is a hot appetizer that will draw crowds! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

It goes into the oven for about 40 minutes and comes out absolutely irresistible.  The pecans are toasty, the apples are tender but still firm, the maple syrup is bubbling and the cheese is molten.  Yum!

Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup combines the best flavors of the season into one blockbuster of an appetizer! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Baked Brie with Maple Apples and Pecans

Baked Brie with Maple Apples and Pecans

Ingredients

  • about 45 pecan halves
  • 1 SweeTango apple, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 16 ounce wheel of Brie cheese
  • pure maple syrup (about 1 cup)

Instructions

  1. set oven to 350F
  2. Spread out the pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes, stirring once or twice, until fragrant. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the brown sugar, stir until dissolved. Add the apples and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Put the wheel of Brie in the center of your baking dish. Chop a few of the pecans for garnish, and arrange the others around the outer edge of the cheese, in 2 layers. Spoon the apples into the center, and arrange a few around the perimeter of the cheese. Top the apples with the chopped pecans.
  5. Heat the maple syrup in a small sauce pan until boiling and boil for 5 minutes.
  6. Drizzle the maple syrup over the apples, it will spill down the cheese and onto the sides.
  7. Cover loosely with foil and bake for about 30 minutes, or until everything is hot and the cheese is molten.
  8. Serve immediately with crackers or bread.
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notes:

  • The exact baking time will depend on whether your Brie is cold or at room temperature to begin with.  You can poke the cheese to test it, it will feel soft when it’s done.
  • You could also use candied or spiced pecans for this recipe.

 

 

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45 Comments

  • Reply
    Sheila
    September 9, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Is this recipe served with crackers or does it stand on its own.

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 9, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      You would need to serve it with crackers, or a thinly sliced baguette, Sheila. I prefer the bread because it’s sturdier and holds up better.

  • Reply
    Bonnie
    September 9, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Silly question… what happens to the rind when Brie is baked. Is the rind just hardened cheese?

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 9, 2017 at 10:56 am

      The baking process is really brief, Bonnie, and it doesn’t get hard at all, it’s basically the same texture, just warmer.

  • Reply
    April Kelley
    September 9, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Hi! Could I put crushed pecan, rather than the whole pieces? Would they burn in the oven?

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 9, 2017 at 9:46 am

      I think they might burn in the oven, April, what you could do is toast them in a skillet first, then sprinkle on after baking.

  • Reply
    Maura
    December 16, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Hi Sue, I desperately need your advice! My dear husband went grocery shopping for this recipe and proudly brought home 2 (8 oz. each) wheels of Brie! I didn’t have the heart to tell him that two 8 oz. wheels do NOT equal one 16 oz. wheel. Do I need to adjust the cooking time? Thanks for your advice and great recipes!

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    BarbiZ
    December 13, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Question, why heat the maple syrup, to pour over, when it’s going to be baked?

    Thank you.

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Yes Barbi!

  • Reply
    Susan
    November 1, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Oh my, baked Brie is one of my all-time favorite appetizers. I’ve never strayed from my old ‘tried and true’ recipe but love the fall flavors in this one. This would be perfect for Thanksgiving, me thinks!

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    Cookin Canuck
    October 29, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Baked Brie is the way to my heart, and when it’s given the salty-sweet treatment, I’m even more smitten. So yeah, love this one!

  • Reply
    Jules @ WolfItDown
    October 29, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Ahhhh this looks TOO good! :D
    I love all the things in this dish, and I can just imagine getting a fork and tuck into it :D Perfect dish for Autumn as well :) Hope you are having a magnificent weekend dear :) x

  • Reply
    Gina @Running to the Kitchen
    October 29, 2016 at 10:00 am

    I’m drooling all over the place. This looks sooooo good!!

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    October 28, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    I think I’m prepared to skip dinner and just live on this baked Brie… what could be better?!

  • Reply
    Bam's Kitchen
    October 28, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Perfect little appetizer for the fall. The big Michigan vs Michigan state football game rivalry is on tomorrow and this is the perfect little appetizer to scoop and cheer at the same time. I will have to keep my eyes open for the sweet tango apples as we love them super crisp. Wishing you a super weekend. Sharing, of course!

  • Reply
    Liz
    October 28, 2016 at 7:08 am

    My dinner club is meeting the week before Thanksgiving! I thihk I just found my appetizer!!! YUM!

  • Reply
    Matt @RealFoodByDad
    October 27, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Perfect for fall parties!

  • Reply
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    October 27, 2016 at 10:18 am

    One of my favorites!! This looks like heaven!

  • Reply
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips
    October 27, 2016 at 7:39 am

    There really is nothing better than apples and Brie. Maple syrup is the perfect touch!

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    October 27, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Luscious and heavenly, Sue.

  • Reply
    Holly N @ Spend With Pennies
    October 27, 2016 at 6:04 am

    This looks both delicious and beautiful! I could exist solely on cheese… and I love the fall flavors in this dish!

  • Reply
    Guy23
    October 26, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    No fair! I thought SweeTangos were my personal secret! I looked in vain for a replacement for fresh, crisp ManIntosh apples ever since I moved West. Then I found these and I like them even better. I have them in yogurt, on oatmeal, with cheese, and just by themselves.

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 27, 2016 at 5:31 am

      They’re really the best just as is, I agree :)

  • Reply
    Evi
    October 26, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Oh! This looks like a fabulous way to eat brie!!

  • Reply
    Gerlinde @Sunnycovechef
    October 26, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Whenever I go to a party, something like your baked Brie is what a choose first. Yours looks yummy.

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 26, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      I know what you mean, I make a beeline for hot cheese!

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    October 26, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    What a delightful fall appetizer. Actually I could make dinner out of it with no problem, Will definitely be pinning this for holiday get togethers!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      I like the way you think!

  • Reply
    Vicki Bensinger
    October 26, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    One of my all time favorites to snack on at parties is baked brie. I don’t know why I never make it myself though. This is beautiful and sounds fantastic with those fall flavors. This would be perfect for Thanksgiving or those holiday parties!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 26, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks Vicki <3

  • Reply
    Tina
    October 26, 2016 at 10:22 am

    could Camembert be used in place of Brie?

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 26, 2016 at 11:58 am

      It would be fabulous, Tina, I tend to like Camembert even better than Brie, but the larger wheels are harder to find.

  • Reply
    Summer
    October 26, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Absolutely delish! Love it?

  • Reply
    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    October 26, 2016 at 10:10 am

    I love baked brie so much and wish I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This one is a show stopper and I will be trying it for sure over the holidays!

  • Reply
    Ashley - Forking Up
    October 26, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I need some versions of baked brie that aren’t covered in a thick layer of carb-y pastry. This looks soooo goooood thank you!

  • Reply
    Debi at Life Currents
    October 26, 2016 at 8:26 am

    This sounds wonderful! And such a beautiful presentation with the pecans all in a row like that. Great recipe for the holiday months!

  • Reply
    Heidy L, McCallum
    October 26, 2016 at 8:11 am

    That is such a cute and delicious looking idea! I always see pear and this apple addition really stood out to me. Brie Cheese is a longtime favorite, but it has to be quality cheese.Yours looks amazing. I definitely feel this recipe making an appearance and soon at our home for the Holidays.

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      Sue
      October 26, 2016 at 8:14 am

      Thanks Heidy ~ pears are more common, but they don’t have the burst of flavor that the apples, have, so I think I prefer them. And you’re so right, a good Brie makes all the difference :)

  • Reply
    Platter Talk
    October 26, 2016 at 8:10 am

    What an ultra deluxe way to serve brie! Beautifully done.

  • Reply
    John/Kitchen Riffs
    October 26, 2016 at 7:54 am

    It’s been ages since I’ve had (or made!) baked brie. And it’s such good stuff! Pairs perfectly with apples and pecans. Or pears, for that matter. :-) This looks great — thanks.

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 26, 2016 at 8:07 am

      I know, I tend to forget about it, but it’s insanely easy, and like I said, the wheels keep forever in the refrigerator, so it’s pretty perfect for the holidays.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    October 26, 2016 at 6:42 am

    I agree with Jennifer – this is a great combination of flavors and textures and it is so pretty too! You are a master at putting together wonderful flavors that look and sound perfect together. I’m keeping this recipe handy because I know it will be a treat during the holidays!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 26, 2016 at 7:22 am

      Thanks Tricia!

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    October 26, 2016 at 5:50 am

    I’m not sure there is anything nicer than warm Brie cheese. Except maybe warm Brie cheese with apples, pecans and maple syrup :) Perfection!

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