Baked Brie with Maple Caramelized Apples and Spiced Praline Bacon


This is a party in your mouth. Creamy, smoky, spicy, sweet, this recipe makes for a dramatic appetizer that will wow at your Thanksgiving cocktail hour! The recipe also works with a 16-ounce round of Brie if you're feeding a big crowd. Serve with a baguette or your favorite crackers.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
33 mins
8 servings


  • 3 slices bacon

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • sea salt to taste

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 Golden Delicious apples - peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices

  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 (8 ounce) round Brie cheese

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  2. Lay bacon on the prepared baking sheet. Mix pecans, brown sugar, chili powder, and sea salt together in a bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the bacon.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until crisp, and browned, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool. Chop bacon into rough pieces.

  4. Melt butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples and 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Saute, stirring only every 60 to 90 seconds, until apples are tender and brown, about 8 minutes. Mix in remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup and cinnamon. Transfer to a bowl.

  5. Cut a round of parchment paper slightly larger than the round of Brie cheese. Place the Brie cheese on the parchment paper; place onto a baking sheet. Top with the cooked apples to make a big mound.

  6. Bake in the hot oven for 5 minutes. Add bacon-praline mixture on top of the Brie. Continue baking until top is bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to a serving platter using a large spatula. Sprinkle with sea salt and rosemary.

Cook's Note:

The cooked apples can be made a day ahead and stored covered in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

193 Calories
14g Fat
12g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 193
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 302mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 121mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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