Baked brie - it has got to be one of the easiest, most simple dishes to serve as an appetizer and one of the biggest crowd pleasers. How can you contend with warm soft cheesy goodness? Oh yeah, by slathering it in honey and almonds, and serving it alongside some perfectly toasted, ever-so-crusty bread.
***Some baked brie recipes include wrapping the brie round in pasty or filo dough. I think that this is a mistake because: 1) it takes away from the delicious and carefully balanced flavor that brie has to offer, and 2) you miss out on the best part - the crustiness of the bread mixed with the warm gooey goodness of the baked brie!***
Step 1: Ingredients
- Brie (hopefully something mildly French - the one pictured below is made in the USA, but has a French title, works for me!)
- Fresh crusty bread (Italian loaf or French baguette)
- Honey (optional but tasty)
- Almonds (optional but tasty)
- Jam (optional but tasty)
Also make sure you use a younger, firmer (cheaper -- yay!) brie, not an expensive and super runny aged brie. The longer brie ages the more ammonia-y the rind gets, and no amount of honey is going to make that taste good. And scraping rind off of melty brie just isn't any fun at all.
Also: try this with cranberry sauce! Yum!
Step 2: Set oven to 350
Why is it that the dial on just about every oven in the places where I've lived have the numbers rubbed off?
Step 3: Place the brie on a cookie sheet
Step 4: Bake for 10-12 minutes
Crusty bread with warm buttery brie = delicious.
Limp soggy bread with warm buttery brie = hard to swallow.
Step 5: When it looks like this, it's done
If it looks like it does in the photo below, it's ready to come out. Don't be afraid of a molten or almost liquid center - it will harden as the brie cools down.
If it doesn't have any of the nice brown bits on the top, you can throw it under the broiler for 30 seconds. Keep a close watch on it though - you don't want it to burn.
Step 6: Plate, cover with toppings and enjoy
Top the brie with honey, almonds, jam, or your own favorite toppings and serve quickly. Think sweet & savory flavors.
It will be so good that your guests won't be able to help themselves from digging in while it's piping hot!