Baked Berry Brie
Are you looking for the perfect appetizer for this weekend? The melted cheese is so cozy while the berries evoke feelings of SPRING! This is the only baked brie that I've ever made that I LOVE that doesn't involve a dough on the outside of it. It's just that good on it's own! Brie is definitely one of the best cheeses out there. I'd estimate that a third of the weight that I gained while studying abroad in Rome was a result of brie consumption and I don't regret a single bite. Basically, you can't ever go wrong with brie but this recipe takes it to the next level!
1 cup candied pecans
2 cups blackberries
1 T fresh lemon juice
1 T honey
1 t vanilla extract
1 wheel of Brie at room temperature
A few blackberries for garnish
A few thyme sprigs for garnish
Crackers (These cranberry crackers compliment the cheese perfectly)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine the blackberries, lemon juice, honey and vanilla in a medium saucepan and place over low heat. Stir the ingredients frequently.
Once you see that liquid has released from the berries and entered the pan, turn it up to medium heat. Stir this mixture periodically.
While the berries juice is reducing, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the wheel of brie on it. Cut out a circle of the rind on the top of the brie and throw it away. Make sure that you leave the bottom and all sides of the brie in tact. Bake the brie for 15 minutes (or until it is melty)
Once the liquid has turned syrupy (and drips off of a spoon slower than regular liquid), remove it from the heat.
Top the brie with the berry compote and then garnish it with the thyme and whole berries that you set aside.
Serve this hot!
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