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Tart cranberry over creamy, melty brie, wrapped up in a crusty bread – what’s not to love about this Baked Brie Cranberry Bread Bowl! This pull apart bread recipe will be a hit at any festive party! It’s actually incredibly easy and you will not regret it for a second because it tastes so good!

Top down shot of baked brie cranberry bread bowl.
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Want a super satisfying party snack and appetizer but without lots of fuss? Then look no further than this Baked Brie Cranberry Bread Bowl. It’s the perfect sharing food! Lots of metly brie, balanced with tart cranberry sauce, all wrapped up in a crusty bread bowl – a sure fire hit!

Looking form more yummy appetizer? Why not also try my Cheesy Pesto Breadsticks and my Buffalo Cauliflower Wings!

Why You’ll love This Brie Bread Bowl

  • Brie and cranberry! This mix of creamy brie and tangy cranberries is a match made in food heaven and perfect for the holidays.
  • Great for sharing. This cheesy bread bowl is made for sharing, pull apart bread that you can dunk in a hot and melty dip!
  • An easy appetizer. Only a handful of ingredients needed, minimal prep – this comes together in less than 30 mins.

Ingredients for Cranberry Brie Bowl

  • Boule loaf bread– A round Italian loaf or rustic bread of some sort.
  • Brie– soft brie rind, any brand.
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Olive oil or melted butter– adds a rich buttery layer and moisture to the inside of the bread.
  • Rosemary– you can add fresh hers like rosemary or thyme. If you don’t like their flavor, just pass on that.
  • Walnuts– I used walnuts but you can also use pecans. If you like sweet nuts, you can also used glazed walnuts or pecans.
Top down view of ingredients for baked brie bread board.

How to Make Baked Brie Cranberry Bread Bowl

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Prep the bread: Cut the top off the bread and remove the center, brush the bread with lightly with olive oil or melted butter. Save the top for the next steps.
scoring the bread bowl for cranberry brie bread
  • Assemble the bread bowl: Remove rind from the brie and place in the bread bowl, top with cranberry sauce and fresh herbs.
  • Cover the bread bowl with the bread top you cut off earlier.
  • Cook: Bake the bread bowl for 20 mins or until the cheese has completely melted. Depending on the thickness of your bread, it may take a few minutes more or less.
  • Remove the top bread, add the nuts, garnish, serve and enjoy!

Tips to Make Cranberry Brie Pull Apart Bread

  • Use a preheated oven.
  • You can use whole wheat or a white loaf – whichever suits!
  • You can use the brie as a template to cut around when removing the center of the loaf.
  • Score down the side of the bread bowl. This makes it easier to pull the bread apart.
  • Be sure to remove the rind from the brie. You want it to be nice and melty!
  • You can use store bought cranberry sauce or you can make your own – like this Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe.
  • Allow the bread to cool slightly before serving, but only slightly, you want that cheese nice and melty!
  • Top with crushed walnuts and herbs.
Top down view of baked brie cranberry bread bowl with herbs on the side.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to hollow out a loaf?

Use a standard sized wheel of brie to score the bread then, using a spoon, dig out a hole in the bread. The hole shouldn’t go all the way through, just as deep as the brie wheel is fine. Be sure to lightly brush outside and inside the bread bowl before baking.

Can you make Baked Brie Cranberry Bread Bowl ahead of time?

This dish is best served straight away, that way you get all the melty, oo-ey goo-ey cheese! If you need to keep this bread bowl warm before serving, you can wrap in foil. It’ll stay warm for 30 mins to an hour.

How to store and reheat Brie Bread Bowl?

You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Just pop in the microwave quickly or gently reheat in the oven for a few mins until heated through.

Baked brie cranberry bread bowl with the cheese melting.

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Baked Cranberry Brie Bread Bowl

Tart cranberry over creamy, melty brie, wrapped up in a crusty bread – what's not to love about this Baked Brie Cranberry Bread Bowl!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 large Boule loaf bread, Italian or sour dough
  • 1 21 oz. French Brie Cheese, round, rind removed
  • ½ cup cranberry sauce, homemade or store bought
  • 1 tbsp. lightly flavored olive oil, or melted butter
  • 1 tsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps. walnuts, chopped, optional for garnishing before serving

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  • Trim to remove the rind off the cheese.
  • Cut the top of the round bread (see photos) and place the package of the brie cheese to cut out to remove the center of the bread.
  • Brush the top and inside of the bread with the lightly flavored olive oil.
  • Place the brie cheese in the center of the bread bowl, top with cranberry sauce and fresh herbs. Cut the edges of the bread into slices all the down but without cutting them out. You want them to stay attached.
  • Add the cranberry sauce and fresh herbs on top of the cheese. Top the bowl with the top piece you cut off earlier.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. It may take a few minutes more depending on the size and thickness of your bread.
  • Remove and let the bread cool up for a couple of minutes. Remove the top and serve right away to enjoy it while the cheese is melty.
  • Garnish with chopped walnuts and fresh herbs if you prefer.

Notes

  • Use a preheated oven.
  • You can use whole wheat or a white loaf – whichever suits!
  • You can use the brie as a template to cut around when removing the center of the loaf.
  • Score down the side of the bread bowl. This makes it easier to pull the bread apart.
  • Be sure to remove the rind from the brie. You want it to be nice and melty!
  • You can use store bought cranberry sauce or you can make your own – like this Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe.
  • Allow the bread to cool slightly before serving, but only slightly, you want that cheese nice and melty!
  • Top with crushed walnuts and herbs.

Nutrition

Serving: 6g | Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 0.2mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg
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