Buttery, cheesy, with a hint of sweetness. You’ll want to make this baked brie with jam pull apart bread ASAP! The perfect appetizer for any event made in under 30 minutes with simple, yet quality ingredients.
Toasty sourdough bread is delicious on it’s own but it’s even better paired with an ooey gooey cheese like brie. The melt in your mouth cheese and slightly sweet jam combo never lasts long at any event. Which, is why a brie pull apart bread recipe deserves a spot at the center of your appetizer table or holiday party.
When entertaining a crowd, you can never go wrong with a cheesy appetizer. While brie is amazing, you could also try a fig and goat cheese appetizer or choose gruyere for mini croque monsiuers, all easy yet impressive appetizers the whole family will love.
Pull apart bread is buttery, cheesy and a little sweet and so much fun to eat. Just dig in and pull out a cube of bread covered in cheese and jam. A little messy, but no one ever complains.
While it might be messy to eat, clean up is a breeze. You literally only need a knife and a bowl to melt butter, could it get any easier? Not to mention it only takes 20 minutes to bake.
This is nothing like my loaf pull apart bread, great to go with chili, or blueberry pull apart bread for breakfast, both of which are made with a biscuit dough and have a completely different texture. A brie pull apart is a stand alone appetizer.
Which bread goes best with brie?
It’s best to serve brie with a crusty bread that won’t interfere with the cheese. Sourdough is always a great option and you can normally find it in small round loaves which is perfect for this type of recipe. Classic baguettes or French bread also work well for dipping in warm brie but you’ll want a round or oval loaf for a pull apart bread.
What’s special about cheesy pull-apart bread?
- An incredibly easy recipe that is guaranteed to impress your guests
- Made with ooey gooey cheese… who doesn’t like cheese??
- It’s a cost effective but restaurant quality appetizer
- You barely need any dishes to prepare so clean up is a breeze
- It’s slightly different than the classic cheesy garlic bread
Ingredients you’ll need for cheesy bread
- Bread – A loaf of sourdough bread compliments brie cheese so well. It also holds up nicely while baking. If you don’t like sourdough, French bread would be a great alternative. If you can’t find a round loaf, this will work with an oval shaped loaf also.
- Butter – You’ll need 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter for this recipe.
- Brie – You don’t need to remove the white rind that coats the brie. Just cut it, rind and all into cubes.
- Jam – Raspberry jam adds a sweet and slight tartness to the bread. Almost any jam will work, use your favorite apricot or strawberry. You can also use leftover cranberry sauce, or you can leave out the jam altogether and keep it savory.
- Herbs – Fresh rosemary is my go-to herb for this recipe. It compliments the cheese and jam.
- Brown Sugar – Not only does the brown sugar add a hint of sweetness, it also caramelizes while baking, giving the loaf a slightly brittle top.
- Pecans – Chopped pecans add some crunchy texture.
Easy steps for making baked brie with jam pull apart bread
Step 1: Get ready
Preheat the oven to 350º. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a 9 x 13 baking pan.
Step 2: Slice
Slice the bread with 1-2 inch vertical slices. Be careful not to cut all the way through the bread, next cut horizontal slices. The goal here is to score the bread into square shapes that are still attached.
Step 3: Butter that bread
Add fresh rosemary to melted butter then spread it into the cracks of the bread.
Step 4: Cut the cheese
Cut brie into one inch cubes and stuff it into the crevices, leaving about a quarter of the cheese for the top layer.
Step 5: Jam out
Spoon jam into the cracks of the bread on top of the cheese. Then, place remaining brie pieces on top.
Step 6: More butter and bake
Combine the rest of the butter with brown sugar and pecans in a small bowl and spread it over the loaf. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the bread is golden brown.
Just lift it out of the pan with the parchment paper and place on a serving tray.
Pro tip: The easiest way to cut the bread is with a serrated knife. A serrated knife glides through the bread without crushing it while a regular knife will squash the bread.
Everyone just grabs a piece while the cheese is warm and gooey. If it gets cold, you can just pop it back in the oven to warm up the cheese.
Pull apart bread FAQs
Can I use different jam?
You don’t have to use raspberry jam or any jam for this cheesy bread. In fact, feel free to use peach jam, strawberry jam, or even bacon jam for this recipe. If you’re looking for a strictly savory recipe, omit the jam and add some garlic powder or Italian seasoning.
Do you bake brie covered or uncovered?
Since the majority of the cheese is stuffed inside the bread, you should bake this recipe uncovered. That way, the inside of the loaf can get hot enough to melt the cheese.
Should Brie be served warm or cold?
This recipe should be served warm! When placing brie on a charcuterie board or cheese plate, it can be served cold. But, for pull-apart cheese bread, you’ll want to make sure it’s fresh out of the oven before serving.
How to store pull apart bread
Although this recipe is best fresh, you can let this homemade bread cool to room temperature then wrap in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. The bread will stay good in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven or even the air fryer before serving again.
More easy appetizers you’ll love
- These French onion puff pastries are a family favorite.
- If you’re looking for something with a kick, try a buffalo chicken dip.
- Pomegranate Crostini is an ideal appetizer for a cocktail party or Christmas dinner.
- Another cheesy favorite is a smokey pimento cheese dip perfect for game days.
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Baked Brie with Jam Pull Apart Bread
- 1 pound round sourdough loaf of bread
- ¼ cup butter melted
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped
- 16 ounces brie
- ½ cup red raspberry jam
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- ¼ cup pecans chopped
- Preheat oven to 350º. Butter or spray a large 9 x 13 inch casserole dish
- Slice the bread in 1-2 inch horizontal slices then slice it vertically being careful not to cut all the way through the loaf
- Add fresh rosemary to the melted butter and Brush the mixture into the cracks of the bread
- Cut the brie into 1 inch pieces and push about ¾’s of them down into the cracks of the bread. Spoon the jam into the cracks of the bread on top of the cheese. Push the remaining brie on top of the jam
- Combine 2 tablespoons of melted butter with brown sugar and pecans and sprinkle it over the loaf
- Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes until the brie has melted and the brown sugar has caramelized.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- A serrated knife is the easiest way to cut the loaf.
- You can use any type of jam or try cranberry sauce.
- Serve warm, if the cheese cools, place it back in the oven for a few minutes.
- Serve this right out of the parchment paper that it bakes on.