One of my favorite things to eat is baked brie. Imagine it’s a cold, gray winter day. You’ve just settled down with that book you started three times, and today, TODAY you’re going to at least get past chapter two.
You’ve made a lovely pot of tea and you’ve called Buttercup the cat up into your lap. Just as you get cozily settled, you realize that, indeed, something is missing...a little smackeroo of something tasty.
But you want something better than some bland crackers and that leftover soup just simply won’t do. Well, my dear friend, have I got the perfect treat for you! It’s everything you could want: tasty, cozy, and easy to prepare.
It’s just so good.
Sweet, creamy and salty…all in one splendid bite.
It’s also the perfect appetizer for a crowd- just add extra crackers or homemade sourdough pita bread!
Other Ideas for Brie or Baked Brie
- I like to eat it in the summer, melted as a grilled brie cheese with fresh basil and tomatoes from the garden, drizzled with a balsamic reduction.
- I like to eat it in on a lovely Autumn picnic, gooey atop a buttery crostini, piled up with caramelized onions, apricot jam and crispy bacon.
Our Best Tips for Buying Brie
- Many people don’t like Brie because they’ve only had old Brie, which can become strong and taste distinctly of bandaids…
- By the freshest Brie you can find which means choosing the wheel with the furthest away date.
- Costco has good prices on domestic and imported Brie.
Baked Brie and Fig Compote
- 1 brie wheel, *see note below
- 1 cup dried figs- we love sumatra chopped
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup orange juice, apple juice or wine
- 1/2 cup water if needed
- Crackers or Sourdough Bread
- Preheat oven to 375
- Chop figs, add to a sauce pan along with liquid, salt and spices. Simmer until soft and cooked down. Add water and cook down until you've reached the desired consistency.
- Bake brie until soft and gooey, about 20 minutes.
- Top the brie with figs.
- Serve hot with crackers, pita, or toasted bread. Enjoy!!