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baked brie recipe

This week celebrates 4 years of Baked Bree. I could not be more proud or feel more a part of something special. When I started Baked Bree, I knew nothing of the food blogging world, I had never heard of Pioneer Woman, and I really thought that a food blog was my own idea. How’s that for living under a rock?

I started Baked Bree at a time when I really needed something to do and focus on. A hobby. I had just shut down my photography business and wanted to focus on my family and being a mom. I decided to chronicle family recipes and keep track of what I cooked online. I thought that maybe my mom and my best friend might take a look at it every once in awhile. I had no idea that it would become what it is today – a business that has allowed me to meet incredible people, see many new places, and do some pretty freakin’ amazing things.

I am so grateful for each and every one of you that comes here to grab a new recipe, cook a meal for someone you love, and participate in the community of gracious and lovely readers.  I read every single comment and try my absolute best to respond to all of them. I love to see pictures of Baked Bree recipes that you are cooking on Instagram, Facebook, and your own blogs. It makes me happier than you could possibly ever know.

So thank you. Thank you for being here for the last 4 years, and I hope to see you for the next 4 and beyond.

I find a certain irony in the fact that I have never posted a recipe for Baked Brie until now. Having people misspell my name for my entire life came in handy when it came time to name my blog. I actually make it frequently, but the simple truth is that baked brie is really hard to take a nice picture of. I feel this is a good way to circle back and celebrate this birthday. In the beginning, I knew nothing. I still don’t know a lot, but one of the things that I am most proud of is that I tried and I didn’t give up. I worked very hard to take better pictures, improve my writing, and be a better blogger.

how to make baked brie

You have to be good at a lot of things when it comes to blogging. You need to be a really good cook, take beautiful pictures, write well, know lots of tech-y website stuff, be a marketer, network, engage, basically wear all. of. the. hats. I am still not at a place where I can say that I am good at all of those things, but what I can say is that I have gotten to a place where I do it my own way and figure it out as I go, and I am totally fine with it. If you are just starting a blog, here are 4 things I wish that I would have known on my first day of running this little space on the Interwebs.

1. It takes a lot of work. As I mentioned, there are a lot of moving pieces. Don’t let it overwhelm you. Keep plugging along. When I first started (and finally figured out who this Pioneer Woman was that I kept hearing about) I would look at other blogs that were super successful and get so discouraged. You cannot compare their middle to your beginning. Everyone in this blogging world started from a single post.

2. Do your own thing. It is very easy to see other’s that are successful and use their formula to try to emulate the same look, feel, or voice. Your actual readership, the ones that come day after day, are coming for YOU. They really don’t care about the brownies or the chicken recipe as much as they want to hear your stories and find out who you are. You are unique and that is what will make your blog special.

3. If you started a blog solely for the purpose of making money, I am sorry to say that you are missing out on the good stuff. Do I make money from this blog? Yes. But would do it every single day even if I didn’t make a dime? Absolutely. I love it so much. I get to use my creative gifts every single day. I have made amazing friends with readers. And other bloggers? OH MY GOD, some of the most loving and supportive people on the planet. Some of the deepest and most meaningful relationships in my life are with people that I have never hugged in real life. And some I have because this community is real, and we are here for each other. It’s amazing.

4. Have fun. Seriously, this blogging thing is a lot of fun. Could I do more to grow my blog and work on new projects, have a million Twitter followers, and all kinds of other stuff? Sure. We all have only so many hours in a day. I love cooking, taking pictures, and writing to you. That is where my priorities are. Don’t let the business-y stuff take you away from the thing that really matters; doing what you love and engaging with people. It is easy to get wrapped up in so much of the little things that it clouds the big picture.

Show up, have fun, and work hard. You’ll do a lotta dishes, but I promise, it is totally worth it.

how to make baked brie

This is my favorite way to make and eat baked brie. I prefer to add condiments to my cheese after I bake it. I heat the cheese in the oven until it is gooey and melty. I toast the almonds in butter (my mom always made them this way, so I do too) and then add honey or jam to the platter. I add some fresh and dried fruits, crackers, and toasted bread. I add some brie to a toasted piece of bread, drizzle some honey, and add almonds. The perfect bite of sharp, sweet, and crunch.

1 wheel brie cheese
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 Tablespoons butter
Jam or honey
Fresh fruit (apples, pears, grapes, and strawberries are the ones I use the most)
Dried fruit (figs, apricots, cranberries)
Toasted bread
Crackers

Score the cheese. Place on a baking sheet and put in a 350 degree oven until the cheese is soft, about 15 to 20 minutes. Melt the butter in a medium sauté pan. Add the almonds and toast until golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to cool. Arrange the fruits, crackers, and bread on a platter. Add the almonds to a bowl and set out honey.

Baked Brie [Baked Bree turns 4!]

Baked Brie [Baked Bree turns 4!]

Ingredients

  • 1 wheel brie cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • Jam or honey
  • Fresh fruit (apples, pears, grapes, and strawberries are the ones I use the most)
  • Dried fruit (figs, apricots, cranberries)
  • Toasted bread
  • Crackers

Instructions

  1. Score the cheese. Place on a baking sheet and put in a 350 degree oven until the cheese is soft, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium sauté pan. Add the almonds and toast until golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to cool.
  3. Arrange the fruits, crackers, and bread on a platter. Add the almonds to a bowl and set out honey.
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42 Responses to Baked Brie [Baked Bree turns 4!]

  1. alison says:

    I think I started following you shortly after Baked Bree started. What a lovely place you’ve created in 4 short years….always with good food and beautiful images. I hope you can celebrate in some way today, all you have done, you definitely deserve it.

    • bakedbree says:

      Aww Alison, thank you. If it wasn’t for this little space, I never would have met you and I am so grateful that I have. You are a true friend. <3

  2. Happy, happy blogbirthday to you and what great words to share as well. I love that you posted baked brie for your celebration. I saw it on Twitter and had a chuckle out loud.

  3. Congrats, Bree! Four years is a huge accomplishment. And I love your words of wisdom on blogging — so. much. truth. I’m so glad I’ve gotten to meet you and get to know you better through this journey known as food blogging. :) Cheers to four more years!

    • bakedbree says:

      Thank you Stephanie! You are one of the ones that I was talking about. I have loved meeting so many amazing people on this journey. And I cant wait to “meet” your little bun!

  4. That looks so yummy. I’ve made it before, and it was such a hit with my group of friends. Must have to try it again. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Rose D. Frenchtown, NJ says:

    Congratulations!!! And a huge thank you for all your fabulous recipes!

  6. Mel says:

    Happy 4 years, Bree! I have long admired you for staying true to yourself in blogging and think you are definitely “one of the best” out there. Plus, I love baked brie so, so much, so this post is completely awesome.

    • bakedbree says:

      Oh Mel, thank you so much. I can’t even tell you how much this means to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And I have to agree, gooey baked cheese is what life is all about.

  7. Happy 4 years! I love this post and the blogging tips. You are one of the loveliest bloggers I’ve had the pleasure of meeting through this journey and I appreciate your point of view so much. And actual baked brie is the BEST!

    • bakedbree says:

      Jeez Lindsay, you just made me get teary. Thank you so much. I so appreciate the kind words, you are lovely. I am so glad to have met you. :)

  8. Happy 4 years Bree! I’ve been happily following your blog for almost 3 years. Love reading your posts and have made many of your recipes. As a new blogger myself, I really appreciate your style of blogging and all of your tips :)

  9. Courtney says:

    Happy, happy 4 years, Bree! I have loved following your journey. The recipes I have made from your site are some of my favorites. So thank you. Thank you for being here!

  10. Happy 4 years! We share the same blog birthday, though mine just turned two! :-) This is a great adventure and I’m so glad your blog is here, it’s one of my favorites!

  11. June G. says:

    Happy Fourth anniversary! I’m so glad I found your blog:)

  12. Sue says:

    Congrats from all of your girlies on the West Coast. We miss you and your family and love staying connected this way. Hugs

  13. Jess says:

    Happy Blogiversary! :)

  14. Sue says:

    Happy birthday and congratulations on your successful blog.
    I only follow 3bloggers, one of which is local to me in South Africa “simply delicious” you and her are my favourite so and I “pin” and use a lot of your recipes.

    Have a wonderful weekend xxx

  15. Sue says:

    Happy Birthday !!! I’ve been following you for so long, and I’m so happy for your success.
    All the best always ,Sue

  16. Stephanie says:

    Congratulations!!

    I came across your blog last year and have been so pleased with every recipe I try to duplicate (my husband is too since I’ve started branching out more with my cooking ;) )
    Thank you for your continued eloquent posts accompanied by lovely pictures!

    Cheers!

  17. Lori W. says:

    Happy Anniversary, Bree! I have been seriously considering starting a blog, and this is a timely post. Thanks for sharing these tips. Would you consider a more in-depth “workshop”? I live locally and would love to talk with you more about it!

    • bakedbree says:

      I would consider going for lunch and talking about it. I am happy to help. :) Send me an email and we can put something on the calendar.

  18. Happy blog birthday and thank you for inspiring my blogging career!

  19. Lorrie says:

    Congratulations on Baked Bree turning 4! Thanks for sharing your mouth watering recipes & your gift of photography! Here’s to many more milestones.

  20. Bree T says:

    Congratulations on four years. I only started following you about a year ago when I was googling possible names for my own food blog. Who would have thought that there could be two Brees in the world who want to write a food blog and pull their ideas from the same mistake with their name? ;)

    Your blog has been a delight to follow; I enjoy your simple, fresh recipes, and more so your lovely outlook. Thank you for your hard work. It really does show through.

  21. Yay congrats on being 4!!!

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