Posted Nov 18, 2011 in Food | 0 Comments

ModernHostess: Adventures with Baked Brie

Mmmm baked brie. I’ve enjoyed it many times at dinner parties and restaurants. However, I must admit I have never attempted to make it on my own, despite my obsession with all things cheese. So I decided it would be the perfect appetizer to serve at my cocktail party this weekend.

Baked brie looks pretty impressive, but it’s a cinch to make. Some recipes involve puff pastry (and those are absolutely delicious), but I prefer to keep things simple (and a little lighter) by  omitting that ingredient and serving the brie with some fresh, crusty bread (I recommend baguette or ciabatta).

In terms of topping, I’m definitely a sweet and salty person, so I decided to go with a fruit compote (fancy word for jam). Instead of making one from scratch, I used a very delicious store-bought peach compote. The sweet, juicy taste of the jam was the perfect complement to the salty, creamy brie. I topped it with some almonds for a little extra buttery crunch.

Try this ooey-gooey delicious baked brie the next time you’re entertaining guests or yourself. Brie, baguette and a glass of wine… is there anything better? Enjoy!!

Baked Brie
- 1 Wheel brie or camembert cheese
- Jam (or fruit compote)
- Nuts (e.g. walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts) if desired

- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Slice top rind off brie and cover entire exposed soft cheese with jam. Sprinkle with nuts.
- Place brie on a foil-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Serve with chunks of toasted crusty bread.

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