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Low FODMAP “Kahlua” Pecan Brown Sugar Baked Brie

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Our Low FODMAP “Kahlua” Pecan Brown Sugar Baked Brie is the perfect party appetizer. Sweet, savory, creamy and crunchy. Best served to a crowd of adults as it features our Low FODMAP Coffee Liqueur, which you do have to make first.

Low FODMAP Kahlua Pecan Brown Sugar Baked Brie on a platter
This baked brie is a crowd pleaser.

We call the recipe “Kahlua” so folks know what to expect, but in practicality we should call it Low FODMAP Coffee Liqueur Baked Brie, but that doesn’t sound as enticing. You get the gist!

The reason why we did not use Kahlua is because it is based upon rum, which is high FODMAP. More on this below.

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Creamy cheese, crunchy nuts and a coffee liqueur sauce.

Plan Ahead

You do have to make the Low FODMAP Coffee Liqueur first, so read the recipe through, and that one as well, to plan ahead. Once the liqueur is made, this recipe is quite quick and easy. And pretty spectacular.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Cheese Low FODMAP?

It is! There is a lot of confusion around the low FODMAP diet. Many people think it is dairy-free, but it is not. It is greatly reduced in lactose – and here is the good news – hard cheeses and many other dairy products do have low FODMAP serving sizes.
 
Please read our in-depth article, Is Cheese Low FODMAP? In that article we teach you how to tell if any cheese is low FODMAP!

Why Are the Servings So Small?

The small serving sizes are due to the cheese. Brie, being a softer cheese, does not have as high a serving size as cheddar, Parmesan, feta or Swiss, as example. Always eat to your tolerance. If you tolerate lactose well, you can increase your serving size.
 

Is Brie Expensive?

Brie can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. For a dish like this you can buy a lesser expensive brie, such as President brand, which can be found in well-stocked U.S. supermarkets. Look for a similar cheese in your region.

Is Kahlua Low FODMAP?

Kahlua is based on rum and rum is high FODMAP. This is why we created our Low FODMAP Coffee Liqueur and do not recommend that you make this dish with actual Kahlua.

Are Pecans Low FODMAP?

Pecans have low FODMAP serving sizes, which are reflected in the serving sizes of this recipe. See more info on pecans below.

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Go on – DIG IN!

Making Our Baked Brie

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a half-sheet pan with aluminum foil.

Place Low FODMAP Coffee Liqueur and brown sugar in saucepan.

coffee liqueur and sugar in pot

Whisk to combine, bring to a simmer over medium heat and boil for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the mixture is syrupy in texture.

coffee liqueur and sugar boiling in pot

Stir in nuts and allow to cool slightly to thicken further while cheese is baking.

Place cheese on prepared pan. Use a small sharp knife to score a circle in the top of the cheese about 1-inch (2.5 cm) in from the edge (see image below).

brie on pan, scored on top

Bake cheese for 12 to 15 minutes or until the cheese feels a bit soft when pressed with a finger – it should not be melted. Transfer cheese onto a rimmed serving platter. Use the tip of a small knife to lift up the edge of the cut-out circle in the middle of the cheese and discard (or save for another time). This exposes the warm, baked middle of the cheese.

removing top of brie

Scrape the warm topping on top of the cheese and allow to drip down the sides. Serve immediately with low FODMAP crackers or baguette.

closeup of Low FODMAP Kahlua Pecan Brown Sugar Baked Brie on a platter
You can chop the nuts, if you like.

FODMAP Information

Our recipes are based on Monash University and FODMAP Friendly science.

  • Cheese: Many cheeses have low FODMAP serving sizes. The low FODMAP diet is not a dairy-free diet. Hard cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano have been lab tested by Monash University and are low FODMAP in 40 g amounts.
  • Pecans: Monash and FODMAP Friendly have both labs tested pecans. Monash says that a low FODMAP serving size is 10 pecan halves or 20g. The small print tells us that they are not High FODMAP until they reach a 100 g serving size, or about 40 halves. You might notice that on the FODMAP Friendly app the image is for pecans in the shell. We have asked FODMAP Friendly for clarification and they told us that the ¼ cup (30 g) low FODMAP serving size is for nuts OUT of the shell and is approximately 15 pecan halves.
  • Sugar: Monash University and FODMAP Friendly have both labs tested white, granulated sugar. Monash states that a Green Light low FODMAP serving size of white sugar is ¼ cup (50 g). FODMAP Friendly simply states that they have tested 1 tablespoon and that it is low FODMAP. Regular granulated white sugar is sucrose, which is a disaccharide made up of equal parts glucose and fructose. Sucrose is broken down and absorbed efficiently in the small intestine. 
  • Vodka: Both Monash University and FODMAP Friendly have lab tested vodka. Monash University reports that it is low FODMAP Green Light at a 30 ml serving size. FODMAP Friendly gives it a “Pass” at 1 shot or 30 ml.

Please always refer to the Monash University & FODMAP Friendly smartphone apps for the most up-to-date lab tested information. As always, your tolerance is what counts; please eat accordingly. The ultimate goal of the low FODMAP diet is to eat as broadly as possible, without triggering symptoms, for the healthiest microbiome.

Low FODMAP Kahlua Pecan Brown Sugar Baked Brie on a platter
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Low FODMAP Kahlua Pecan Brown Sugar Baked Brie

Our Low FODMAP Kahlua Pecan Brown Sugar Baked Brie is the perfect party appetizer. Sweet, savory, creamy and crunchy. Best served to a crowd of adults as it features our Low FODMAP Coffee Liqueur, which you do have to make first. We call the recipe “Kahlua” so folks know what to expect, but in practicality we should call it Low FODMAP Coffee Liqueur Baked Brie, but that doesn’t sound as enticing. You get the gist!

Low FODMAP Serving Size Info: Makes 22 servings; if you tolerate lactose well you can try more

Makes: 22 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Dédé Wilson

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a half-sheet pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Place Low FODMAP Coffee Liqueur and brown sugar in saucepan and whisk to combine, bring to a simmer over medium heat and boil for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the mixture is syrupy in texture. Stir in nuts and allow to cool slightly to thicken further while cheese is baking.
  3. Place cheese on prepared pan. Use a small sharp knife to score a circle in the top of the cheese about 1-inch in from the edge (see image).
  4. Bake cheese for 12 to 15 minutes or until the cheese feels a bit soft when pressed with a finger – it should not be melted. Transfer cheese onto a rimmed serving platter. Use the tip of a small knife to lift up the edge of the cut-out circle in the middle of the cheese and discard (or save for another time). This exposes the warm, baked middle of the cheese.
  5. Scrape the warm topping on top of the cheese and allow to drip down the sides. Serve immediately with low FODMAP crackers or baguette.

Notes:

FODMAP Information

Our recipes are based on Monash University and FODMAP Friendly science.

Cheese: Many cheeses have low FODMAP serving sizes. The low FODMAP diet is not a dairy-free diet. Hard cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano have been lab tested by Monash University and are low FODMAP in 40 g amounts.
Pecans: Monash and FODMAP Friendly have both labs tested pecans. Monash says that a low FODMAP serving size is 10 pecan halves or 20g. The small print tells us that they are not High FODMAP until they reach a 100 g serving size, or about 40 halves. You might notice that on the FODMAP Friendly app the image is for pecans in the shell. We have asked FODMAP Friendly for clarification and they told us that the ¼ cup (30 g) low FODMAP serving size is for nuts OUT of the shell and is approximately 15 pecan halves.
Sugar: Monash University and FODMAP Friendly have both labs tested white, granulated sugar. Monash states that a Green Light low FODMAP serving size of white sugar is ¼ cup (50 g). FODMAP Friendly simply states that they have tested 1 tablespoon and that it is low FODMAP. Regular granulated white sugar is sucrose, which is a disaccharide made up of equal parts glucose and fructose. Sucrose is broken down and absorbed efficiently in the small intestine.
Vodka: Both Monash University and FODMAP Friendly have lab tested vodka. Monash University reports that it is low FODMAP Green Light at a 30 ml serving size. FODMAP Friendly gives it a “Pass” at 1 shot or 30 ml.

Please always refer to the Monash University & FODMAP Friendly smartphone apps for the most up-to-date lab tested information. As always, your tolerance is what counts; please eat accordingly. The ultimate goal of the low FODMAP diet is to eat as broadly as possible, without triggering symptoms, for the healthiest microbiome.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.