Gooey Baked Brie with Apricot Jam and Pistachios is so beautiful and delicious it’s the perfect appetizer to satisfy a hungry crowd!
My sister in law went to a baby shower recently and raved about a Brie in Puff Pastry with Apricot Jam that she claimed was to die for. The conversation went something like this…
Me: How was the shower?
J: Oh my God they served this Brie with Apricot…
She’s about a 103 pounds on a bad day so if she thinks Baked Brie and Apricot is delicious then MY slightly more than 103 pound body is going to love it as well.
I got onto Pinterest and searched for this much coveted recipe and lo and behold it’s a quite popular Brie recipe. Maybe my sister in law is on to something…
So for book club this month (we read The Secret Chord if you’re wondering) I decided to make a version of the brie with apricots. I’m not a fan of brie wrapped in puff pastry. I think the puff pastry just gets in the way of all that gooey gooey brie cheese. It’s also added calories that my waist doesn’t need… So I just skipped the crust and popped the brie in the oven as is.
To really impress my lovely book club friends I decided to add crunchy pistachios to the jam. Do you know where the best place to buy pistachios is in Shanghai? MINISO. It’s a Japanese chain store similar to Muji that sells crap you don’t need but you buy anyways. Well they also sell some food including American Pistachios and are only 15RMB ($2) for 100g. The pistachios have the perfect crunch to make Baked Brie with Apricot Jam and Pistachios. And take the extra minute to toast the pistachios to really bring out it’s flavor- but careful not to burn it. They really only take a minute or two to toast up.
Here’s a funny piece of info for you. When I cut open the cheese my mouth dropped. It had green spots inside of it and I immediately freaked out because I thought the brie had gone bad. But I just bought it. So I was really mad thinking where I bought it from sold me a rotted piece of cheese. After taking a deep breath and realizing this is unlikely since the cheese is from Fields (highly reputable online grocer in Shanghai), I checked the package and hold up!
It was Brie Au Bleu.
I don’t speak French, but it hit me… the cheese wasn’t rotted… No.
It was Brie with Blue Cheese.
I wasn’t sure how it was going to work but I took it to book club anyways and warned everyone it had blue cheese in it. And can I tell you something? The Baked Brie Au Bleu with Apricot Jam and Pistachios was spectacular! The flavor of the blue cheese with the creaminess of the brie, sweetness of the apricot jam and crunch of the pistachios was a heavenly marriage of flavors! So if you happen to accidentally buy a Brie Au Bleu instead of Brie, don’t freak out. This appetizer will still taste incredible~ I promise!
Yields 2 Baked Brie with Apricot Jam and Pistachios
Gooey Baked Brie with Apricot Jam and Pistachios is so beautiful and delicious it's the perfect appetizer to satisfy a hungry crowd!
5 minPrep Time
15 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 1/2 cup Apricot Jam
- 1/2 cup Toasted Pistachios
- 2 Brie Cheese
- Fresh Baguette, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Place the Brie on the center of a baking sheet. Bake at 375F for 10-15 minutes. The brie is read when the center is soft.
- Meanwhile, toast the pistachios in a pan over medium high heat for 2 minutes. Be careful not to burn them.
- Add the apricot jam to the Pistachios and stir well.
- Heat through, reduce to very low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Jam should be thick.
- Remove the Brie and place on a serving plate or slate tray. Pour the pistachio Apricot Jam over the Brie. Serve warm with a fresh baguette.
This recipe makes enough for 2 Baked Brie with Apricot and Pistachios. You can easily half the recipe to only make 1 brie.