Baked Brie Cranberry in Bread Bowl

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For your Thanksgiving, Christmas and any holiday parties, try this elegant easy 3 ingredient baked brie cranberry in a pull-apart bread bowl for dipping! 

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Baked Brie Cranberry in Bread Bowl

We’re all gearing up for Thanksgiving next week and there will be an overabundance of cranberry sauce prepared, eaten and (let’s face it,) left over! This is a 3-ingredient recipe for baked brie cranberry that makes it so easy to use up any extra cranberry sauce you make or have left over. It literally only needs cranberry sauce, a round bread boule and a wheel of cheese. 

If you’ve ever baked brie in the oven before, you know what a crowd pleaser it is! Top it off with any jam and nuts and it makes for a fancy, beautiful and absolutely delicious appetizer! The best part is that your guests can pull apart the bread bowl, and dip it right into the brie and cranberry! It’s absolutely perfect for entertaining. 

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Baked brie cranberry in bread bowl after baked. Slice of bread being pulled away

How to Make Baked Brie Cranberry Bread Bowl

First, it’s important to get a round bread boule that is bigger than a standard brie wheel. You can usually find this in the bakery section of most grocery stores. You want to find one that is both wide and deep enough to fit the cheese. I haven’t had a hard time finding it in stores ever.

Then you want to slice off the top portion leaving just enough to fit the width of the brie or slightly wider. It doesn’t have to be perfect the first time around. You can slice it until you have a surface wide enough. I find that a long serrated knife gets the job done quickly.

Collage of bread boule before and after slicing the top part

Now, place the cheese wheel on top of the flat bread surface (as a measuring guide) and use a smaller knife to cut around the perimeter of the cheese. Start hallowing out the bread and go as deep as the depth of the brie cheese you have. You can use your hands or a spoon to dig out the bread. There’s no need to hollow out all the bread; just enough to fit the cheese snugly in the bread.

Don’t throw away the bread that you remove though. You can toast it and serve on the side with this baked brie cranberry appetizer or save it for later to use with soup.

Collage of bread boule with brie on top of one to measure the circumference for cutting and with a spoon hallowing the bread on the second image

When the bread is hallowed on the inside, slice around the bread about 1 – 1 1/2 inches part. Be sure not to go all the way through to the bottom though. This creates the tear-apart bread that will be used for dipping.

Then place the brie inside the bread boule. The the tedious part of the recipe is all done. You’re pretty much done with the labor intensive part. But hey, we haven’t actually cooked anything yet, so it’s not so bad, right?!

Collage of two images. Left image shows bread hallowed out. Right image shows the bread cut into slices all around with brie inserted in the middle

Next, spray the bread boule with cooking spray. You can do this before or after placing the cheese inside. And then add about half a cup of cranberry sauce – enough to cover the entire surface of the brie cheese. You can also sprinkle on some fresh thyme at this point, or wait until it’s baked before adding them.

Collage of two images, left image showing the brie wheel inside the bread boule and right image showing the cranberry sauce getting spooned over the brie cheese

When it comes out of the oven, you basically get a baked brie cranberry stuffed bread bowl with built-in dippers! You’ll know it’s done because the bread will get golden brown and slightly crunchy, and the brie cheese will get nice and melty. The melty salty brie with the sweet tart cranberry sauce is a match made in heaven – it’s a bomb flavor combination that screams holidays! You’ll see – this is such a crowd pleaser for holiday events and gatherings!

Brie with cranberry in bread bowl before baking

What Cranberry Sauce is Best to Use?

When it comes to the cranberry sauce, you can do homemade or canned. I used my cranberry orange sauce but it also works really well with this cranberry relish, which is baked in the oven and gets pretty thick, like jam. If you don’t want to bother buying or making cranberry sauce, you can even do this with cranberry jam, or another jam flavor you like. 

Tips to Make Baked Brie Cranberry Bread Bowl

  • Buy high quality crusty bread boule, which is basically a round loaf of bread. This is important because the crusty bread will be able to hold up the heavy wheel of cheese and cranberry sauce without breaking apart. The bread can be freshly baked or day-old bread; either one works fine.
  • Use good quality triple cream brie. Double cream is cool, but triple?! Self explanatory hahahaha
  • Cut the rind off the cheese all round, just enough to see the cheese, without cutting off any of the cheese. This is important to make sure that the cheese oozes out after baking in the oven.
  • Serve immediately! The beauty of this tear-apart bread with baked brie cranberry is the melty cheese that oozes out as you tear out the cut pieces of bread. If you’re taking this to a friend’s house, I would recommend baking it for 15 minutes, and then finishing off the final 10 minutes when you arrive to the party.

Baked brie cranberry with two bread pieces removed showing the

This recipe is one of those reliable crowd-pleasers that only takes a few minutes to prepare and only needs three ingredients. It’s a wonderful appetizer to wet everyone’s appetite before a big meal. 

If you make this feel good Baked Brie Cranberry Bread Bowl recipe, please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I would love to hear about your experience making it. And if you snapped some shots of it, share it with me on Instagram so I can repost on my stories!

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Baked brie cranberry in bread bowl after baked. Slice of bread being pulled away
Baked Brie Cranberry in Bread Bowl
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

For your Thanksgiving, Christmas and any holiday parties, try this elegant easy 3 ingredient baked brie cranberry in a pull-apart bread bowl for dipping! 

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Appetizers, christmas, crowd, entertaining, Holidays, parties, Snacks, thanksgiving
Servings: 8
Calories: 122 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 bread boule round loaf of rustic bread
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 wheel of brie about 12 ounces, top of rind removed
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice off the top quarter of the bread. Place the wheel of brie on top of the bread and use a knife to trace a circle around it. Scoop out the inner circle of the bread.
  3. Place the bread on the parchment paper. Spray the cooking spray on the inside of the bread. Cut slices all around the edges of the bread, about 1-2 inches apart. Be careful not to cut all the way down. This will create the removable slices for eating after it’s baked.
  4. Place the brie in the emptied out bread crevice. Add ½ cup of cranberry sauce and sprinkle with thyme, and bake in the oven until the bread is toasted, about 25 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately while cheese is melty.

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Recipe Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge. When ready to eat, just microwave or toast the portion to be eaten.

Make Ahead Tips: It's best if you have cranberry sauce leftover to use in this recipe. It allows the cranberry sauce to settle and thicken, ensuring it remains put in the middle of the bread bowl on top of the cheese. 

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However if you can't find triple cream brie cheese, any other would be fine. It just wouldn't be as melty as the triple cream. Also, if you don't have any leftover cranberry sauce, you can substitute for jam of choice.

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label is based on a generic bread boule and store-bought brie and canned cranberry sauce from a nutrition label database.  The figured may vary depending on the bread, cheese and cranberry sauce you use.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Brie Cranberry in Bread Bowl
Amount Per Serving
Calories 122 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 183mg 8%
Potassium 58mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 6g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 5.2%
Vitamin C 3.8%
Calcium 5.9%
Iron 2.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Comments

  • Reply
    Laura Forbes
    November 25, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Love it! Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing. Only small thing.. Please don’t say it’s healthish.. It’s everything but a healthy dish. Still tastes great!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      November 25, 2018 at 9:52 pm

      Oops! Totally copy/pasted that from a previous blog post by accident, and totally agree lol!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    November 19, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Love it

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