Brie Croissant is quick and easy to make. Filled with swiss cheese, brie, ham and cranberry sauce then brushed with a sweet and savory honey glaze and oven baked they are seriously irresistible. Serve them for breakfast, brunch or lunch. This baked brie croissant will literally make your cheese dreams come true 🥰!
🤍 Recipe Highlights
I have summarised everything that you will come to know and love (LOVE ❤) about the recipe in the points below:
- Leftover ham: have ham and are looking for ideas on what to do with it to keep it interesting? This is the perfect recipe to use the leftover ham to fill the croissants with.
- Uses for brie cheese: whilst baked brie is the most popular and common way to serve this cheese, along with a Grazing Platter or cheese board, brie croissants offer an alternative yet similarly delicious way to enjoy it.
- Easy recipe: anyone of all cooking skill levels can whip up this recipe. It is a simple combination like creating a sandwich and giving it a quick bake in the oven.
- Sweet and savory: this recipe offers an array of both sweet and savory flavours. It can be nice to switch it up every now and then and not opt for simply one or the other.
- Crowd pleasing: taking breakfast or brunch up a notch is easy when you have something as decadent as a croissant on the menu. Add some brie cheese and cranberry sauce and it is a home run!
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the croissant baked brie recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card for specific ingredient measurements as well as detailed instructions.
As you can see the recipe calls for:
- Butter: we melt this and use it to make a honey butter glaze for the tops of the croissants.
- Garlic powder: simple and convenient, we add this to the glaze to get the savory side of the flavors.
- Onion powder: complimentary to the above and a handy staple to have in your pantry.
- Sesame seeds: these are optional and I won't be offended if you don't use them. Yet they add a delightful texture to the top of the croissants.
- Honey: sweet and sticky, this ingredient is used to bring the balance to the savory combination in the glaze.
- Mustard: this allows us to use mustard to compliment the ham but no so much as a spread on the croissant itself. Rather, it too goes into the glaze we brush on to the croissants.
- Poppy seeds: reminiscent of a bagel topping we combine these with the sesame seeds to get the texture on top. The honey and mustard combo helps them stick.
- Swiss cheese: remember how I said this recipe would make your cheese dreams come true? That is because we have 2 different types of cheese in the recipe. Whilst brie is the highlight, the swiss helps to bring the cheese pull and additional flavour.
- Brie cheese: thick, rich and indulgent this popular cheese is loved by many.
- Cranberry sauce: store bought cranberry sauce is perfect. If you can't find it with the jams, have a look in the supermarket aisle where the mustards and vinegars are.
- Ham: easy to get your hands on and a great sandwich filling this rounds out the insides of the croissants.
- Croissants: fresh, flaky and buttery these make a non everyday indulgent bakery treat. You might be able to get them from your local grocery store but if not head to the bakery.
Top Tip: I like to provide you with a number of substitutions and variations giving you an array of options when making my recipes. If in doubt of any of the above ingredients, or wanting alternatives, read this section (further below) before jumping into the instructions on how to make the recipe which are coming next 😉👌.
Here are the step by step instructions to make the recipe. We start by preparing the croissants.
- Slice the croissants (Photo 1)
- Add the swiss cheese (Photo 2)
- Add the ham (Photo 3)
- Then add the brie and cranberry sauce (Photo 4)
👩🍳 How to Make Brie Croissant
We start by preparing the croissants. To do this use a knife and chopping board and slice them in half lengthways.
Next place 2 cut slices of swiss cheese on to the base of each croissant.
Then put 2 ham slices on top of the cheese.
Next butter the brie with cranberry sauce and place the covered brie slices on top of the ham.
- Close croissants (Photo 5)
- Transfer them to a baking tray (Photo 6)
- Melt butter (Photo 7)
- Add remaining ingredients (Photo 8)
Once you have added the brie to the croissants, place the top of each one on top to close the croissants.
Then transfer each of them to a silicon mat above a baking rack and tray.
🥐 Ham and Brie Croissant
Next we make the glaze. Add the butter to a heatproof jug and microwave it in 20 second increments till melted.
Then remove the jug from the microwave and add the honey, mustard, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic powder and onion powder. Give them a stir to combine. Then microwave the combined glaze for 20 seconds.
Take a pastry brush and coat each croissant with the glaze like you see in the photo below.
- Brush the glaze over each croissant (Photo 9)
Once you have glazed each of the croissants, you can put the baking tray into the oven (middle shelf) and allow them to bake for 10 minutes.
During this time the cheese will melt and you can prepare some fresh herbs (if you wish to) as a means to garnish the dish.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
One of these and you will be good to go!
You can pair it with a glass of oj, cup of tea or coffee and the meal of the day is sorted.
If you want some greens on the plate, arugula or spinach leaves will work.
Chives, like those shown in the photo above work well as a garnish, simply chop with kitchen scissors and sprinkle over the top.
Then get ready for the best bit....the cheese pull!!
If course when you come to eat yours you might want to choose a slightly different approach and than that my friend is A ok 😉👌
👍 How to Guide
How to Store
Store leftover croissants on a plate with cling wrap and place in the fridge. They can be kept for 2 days and can be consumed cold or hot.
Note: if you want to eat the leftovers cold, take them out of the fridge and let them sit till the are at room temperature. Otherwise they will be too firm to eat.
How to Reheat
Place leftover croissants onto a silicon mat and reheat in the oven for about 4-5 minutes.
You can also use the microwave on high which will take only 2 minutes, however, the pastry won't be crispy and flaky, it will simply be warmed through.
How to Freeze
This recipe is best cooked and consumed without freezing leftovers.
As a means to be organised however, you can purchase the croissants and freeze them then remove and thaw when you are ready to make the recipe.
Note: some store bought croissants have been frozen and the packet will indicate not to refreeze them because of this. So double check the fine print if you are looking to freeze them as you are likely to find some fresh that have not been frozen.
😉 Substitutions and Variations
Here are my sub ins and outs that you might be thinking about as you read the post and I will tell you if I think they will work or why they won't:
- You can also use this combination to fill mini croissants if you wish too.
- You can use raspberry or blackberry jam in place of the cranberry sauce.
- A good alternative for the ham is sliced prosciutto or leftover turkey.
- If you want to add a pop of colour, you can (after baking) open them and stuff some fresh spinach or rocket (arugula) leaves inside. These don't bake well though (much better fresh!).
- Add some thinly sliced red apple if you want even more inside!
💡 Tasty Tips
Here are my top tips and tricks that I want to share with you so that you master the recipe from the get go:
- When slicing the croissants, move the knife down lower to the chopping board. This is so that you cut through the whole thing and not only the puffy bits on top 😁👍.
- If you look at the ingredients photo above in the post, you will see how I slice the swiss and brie cheese for the croissants. Both are flat rectangular slices as opposed to wedges if you were making a cheese platter.
- It is easier to butter the brie with the cranberry sauce (spread like jam) before you put the sliced cheese onto the croissant rather than after (gets a little messy).
- A pastry brush is best to use to brush the glaze onto the croissants. If you don't have one you can use a teaspoon to drizzle and the back of it to spread.
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
How to have croissants for breakfast?
Croissants make an excellent bakery style breakfast! Simply slice, filled with ham and cheese then bake for 10 minutes until the cheese melts. Or toast, fill with your favorite berries and drizzle a little vanilla custard over the top.
Do you leave rind on baked brie?
When slicing the brie, keep the rind on. This helps the melted cheese to stay together.
How do you cut brie for a sandwich or croissant?
Remove the brie from the fridge and discard the packaging. Then use a knife and chopping board to make vertical cuts through the wheel so that you have thick pieces of the cheese. These can then be buttered with cranberry sauce and placed inside the bread or croissant.
😍 More Easy Breakfast Recipes
If you are not a sleep-er-in-a-ra then you might jump out of bed and get your day started. If you are you might want a little motivation to get your jump on.
Here are some ideas to help:
- Raspberry Pancakes
- Mini Pancakes
- Lemon Pancakes
- Zucchini Frittata
- Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Muffins
- Bacon and Egg Slice
- Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- Raspberry Oatmeal Muffins
It is time to get our brie on my friend and bake it. You can also find all of my breakfast recipes in the one spot.
- 4 large croissants Note 1
- 2 slices swiss cheese each cut into 4 smaller pieces
- 200 grams/7 oz ham thinly sliced
- 200 grams/7 oz wheel brie cheese Note 3
- ⅓ cup cranberry sauce Note 2
- 40 grams/3 tbs butter unsalted
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- chives freshly chopped
- Preheat the oven: preheat the oven to 180°C / 350-375°F / Gas Mark 4-5.
- Prepare the croissants: use a knife and chopping board to cut each of the croissants in half lengthways.
- Swiss cheese: layer the base of each croissant with 2 slices of cut swiss cheese.
- Ham: place 2 slices of cut ham on top of the swiss cheese.
- Cranberry and brie: butter the sliced brie pieces with the cranberry sauce and then place these on top of the sliced ham.
- Close: place the top of each croissant onto the base of the croissant.
- Baking tray: transfer each brie croissant to a silicon mat above an oven rack and tray.
- Glaze: melt the butter in a heatproof jug. Then add the honey, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, poppy seeds and sesame seeds. Whisk to combine. Then microwave for 20 seconds. Use a pastry brush to brush the honey glaze over the top of each filled croissant.
- Oven bake: place the baking tray into the oven on the middle shelf. Bake the croissants for 10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the croissants have turned light golden brown.
- Serve: use oven mits to remove the baking tray from the oven and place it onto a heat proof surface. Then use kitchen tongs to transfer the croissants to a serving plate. Sprinkle freshly chopped chives over the top for garnish.
- Note 1 - Croissants: either your local grocery store or bakery will have these. If you want to freeze them and prepare them later, check the packet's fine print. Some will state that they have been frozen already in which case, check another packet as most stores have a couple of different brands and sizes.
- Note 2 - Cranberry sauce: if you can't find this with the jam at the supermarket look for it with the mustards and mint sauces.
- Note 3 - Brie cheese: a 200 gram which is 7 oz wheel will be enough for 4 croissants. A wheel is easier to cut into 'slices' than a wedge is.