The National Honey Board has invited members of the Recipe Redux to create recipes for holidays and entertaining that showcase the versatility of honey. Maple syrup and honey are the two primary sweeteners I use in my recipes. They’re less processed than white sugar and other sweeteners you find in the baking aisle. Honey has a unique flavor that can stand out in a recipe, but it can also add a subtle sweetness that you can’t quite pinpoint.
This recipe for Baked Brie Bites uses honey in three different ways, highlighting how this delicious ingredient can impact several aspects of one appetizer. Traditional baked brie is a popular hors d’oeuvre, but it can end up being a mess on your cheese board. It typically contains puff pastry made with refined flour and a large amount of brie in each serving. My version controls how much brie goes onto each crostini, and the baguette is whole grain. It’s absolutely delicious, and your guests will thank you for making this healthier, easier-to-eat version.
Honey is the perfect ingredient to cut the bitterness of whole wheat flour in the baguette. This bread recipe is entirely whole wheat, and the addition of honey yields a very subtle sweetness. I typically add a little honey when I make whole wheat bread to balance out the flavor of the final product.
The Raspberry Topping
Raspberries are one of my favorite fruits. I do enjoy them plain, but just a little honey brings out their flavor without becoming overpowering. This simple, two-ingredient raspberry jam topping is a great complement to the creamy flavor of the brie.
The Straight Honey
I spread a bit of honey on each piece of crostini under the brie to add a distinct honey flavor to this appetizer. There are 300 different varieties of honey with a range of flavors, so pick one that you love. Check out the National Honey Board’s website honeylocator.com to find some choices where you live. I got some delicious wildflower honey from the bulk section at Whole Foods, and my family loves its mild flavor.
Baked Brie Bites
$.49 per serving
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup honey divided
- 1 cup raspberries
- 8 ounces brie cut into 32 pieces
To make the honey whole wheat baguettes, stir together the flour, yeast, salt, 1 cup water, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey in a large bowl. The dough will be a bit wet and sticky. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise for 12-18 hours at room temperature. The surface will have a few bubbles on it when the dough is done rising. A rise time anywhere between 12 and 18 hours will work fine as long as it’s at a comfortable room temperature of 68 to 72 degrees.
After the dough rises, flour a work surface and quickly form two evenly-sized baguettes with the dough. They should be about 2 inches wide by 8 inches long. Place the baguettes on a floured dish towel that isn’t fuzzy and cover with a second similar dish towel. Let the dough rise for about 2 hours at room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and place a large baking dish in the oven while it preheats (e.g. large cast-iron skillet or ceramic dish). You may need two baking dishes to accommodate the loaves.
Bake the bread in the baking dish for 25-30 minutes on the center oven rack. The bread is done when it is nicely browned and it sounds hollow when you tap it.
Cool on a wire rack, and then slice each loaf into 16 pieces.
To make the raspberry topping, place the raspberries in a small saucepan with 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Uncover and continue to simmer gently for 10 minutes to cook off the liquid and thicken the mixture. It will take on the texture of jam as it cools.
To assemble the appetizer, place the baguette slices on a baking sheet and lightly toast them under the broiler for a minute or two. Remove from the oven.
Add about 1/2 teaspoon of honey to each crostini and top with a piece of brie. Return the baking sheet to the oven and broil for another minute. Watch them carefully. You want the brie to get warm and soften a bit more, but don’t let it turn brown or get so soft that it oozes off the crostini.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and add 1/4 teaspoon of jam to the top of each piece of brie. Serve warm.
Baked Brie Bites Price Breakdown
This recipe costs $7.88, or $.49 per serving (2 pieces). This is a delicious, healthy, affordable appetizer that highlights the versatility of honey.
By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Honey Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I received a gift card to offset the expense of my ingredients.