Employ the Baked Brie recipe to get your party started right. With layers of raspberry or apricot jam, spiced honey, or other goodies, topped with
roasted nuts, nothing does it better. It's easy, and a natural with champagne, too.
Brie is a creamy French cheese we love all by itself but baked brie is even better, positively gooey and melty and delicious spread on a cracker or sourdough bread. And yes, you absolutely can eat the rind; it's part of the cheese.
Make Baked Brie the highlight of your next wine and cheese party.
3/4 cup raspberry or apricot jam (not jelly)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 8-inch wheel of Brie, about 2 pounds, in wooden box*
3/4 cup slivered almonds or coarsely chopped pecans
Whisk the jam, honey and brown sugar together and set aside.
Take the brie from its box and remove the wrapping, if any. Return the brie to the box, discarding the lid, and place the box on a baking sheet.
Cut off only the top portion of the rind. Using a spoon and/or butter knife scoop out the center of the brie round to within 3/4 of an inch of the sides and bottom, reserving the scooped out cheese.
Spread half the jam mixture over the bottom of the "hole," replace the scooped-out cheese, and top with the remaining jam mixture. Sprinkle the almonds or pecans over the top. Cover loosely with foil and bake in a preheated 350° oven just until melty, about 30 minutes. Remove the foil for the last 5 minutes of baking.
Transfer the brie, with the box, to a serving platter. Serve with a knife or spreader, fine crackers or thin-sliced baguette, and champagne.
Time Saver Option:
scooping out the center of the brie, leave it whole. Spread the jam
mixture over the top of the round, after removing the top rind, and bake
as above. You'll only need about half the jam mixture.
Baked Brie with Honey Walnuts:
Combine 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, and 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts in a small saucepan and warm. Remove the top rind of the brie round and spread the honey-walnut mixture on top. Continue with the Baked Brie recipe, baking as above.
After slicing the top of the rind off, top the brie with caramelized onions or chopped garlic, thyme and pepper. Bake as above and serve with sliced baguettes.