Sunday, September 09, 2007

Baked Brie Cheese

So I know I’ve been MIA for some time now. I was having trouble making it to the computer, but I was still cooking loads of fun stuff. This is one of the best things that I came across…

2x250g (or similar size) wheel of brie (or similar cheese)
1 small apple
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 spoon brown sugar
1 spoon melted butter

This is one of those recipes that is not an exact science. You can adjust the ingredients to your liking, but this is a good jumping off point.

Cut the wheels of cheese in half across the middle (like a hamburger bun). Mix together all the other ingredients in a bowl. Open up the cheese, and place a quarter of the apple mixture on top. Place the top back on the cheese (like a sandwich), then put another quarter of the apple mixture on top. Do the same with the other cheese and place them both on baking trays (ones that have sides in case the cheese leaks out), and put them in the oven at 180 for up to 20 minutes, but start checking on it after 5 minutes. The cooking time will vary with the type, size, and starting temperature of the cheese. It’s done when it looks warm and melt-y and beautiful. Serve with little slices of bread to dip into it.

My sister-in-law and her partner were out here visiting, and they taught me how to make this. It is absolutely one of the best things that you can do with a cheese. It’s so good that it’s impossible to stop eating it till it’s all gone. The texture of the almonds and the combination of the slightly sour cranberries and the sweet apples and the melt-y-ness of the cheese, is to die for. This dish is gorgeous. It’s also dead easy and can be done way in advance (just put them together and leave them in the fridge till it’s time to throw them in the oven). This makes it the perfect thing to have for guests.

I will be making this all the time!

Thanks guys!!!!

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