As promised, here is my second brown sugar recipe of the week.
We attended our first holiday party last night (that wasn’t at our house) and I took one of my favorite holiday appetizers, Brown Sugar Brie. You could really make this appetizer anytime but I always seem to make it at the holidays.
It is simple and delicious.
The recipe was given to me years ago by an aesthetician I use to go to. It really is more a list of ingredients than a recipe. Sorry, but there are no measurements. I know that freaks some of you out but I promise it will be o.k.
The reason there are no measurements is because it really depends on the size of brie you purchase.
I purchased my brie at Costco and it was about 6-7 inches across.
Brie is a nice soft cheese and comes with a rind on it. The rind is eatable but I prefer not to eat it myself.
Don’t let me freak you out here yet again, but the rind is actually mold. It is formed from penicillim candidum. It is harmless unless you are very allergic to mold.
The first step of the recipe is to remove the top part the rind and some of the cheese from the middle of the brie, leaving about a 1/2 inch border. With a spoon, dig out the cheese from this area to about 1/2 – 3/4 inch deep.
This area will hold the brown sugar so if you want more brown sugar then cut the area deeper.
Fill the cavity with brown sugar and pat down (it lets you get more brown sugar in!)
Cover the brown sugar area with chopped pecans. Pat down. Place a few whole pecans in the middle for garnish. Make it pretty!
Bake in your oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. The brie will slightly inflate when the cheese is melted. To make sure it is melted and spreadable cut into the brie and the cheese will ooze out.
I love something sweet with my brie and brown sugar is the perfect compliment.
I like to serve it with bread but it is also great on crackers. Do you have a favorite holiday appetizer?
Brown Sugar Brie
Cut out the middle of the brie with a knife leaving about a 1/2 inch rim around the brie. Cut down into the brie about 1/2-3/4 inch and remove the cheese.
Fill the cavity with as much brown sugar as it will hold and then cover the top with chopped pecans. Place on a piece of foil on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 until the brie melts. About 15-20 minutes. It will swell a bit when the cheese is melted and the cheese will ooze out of it when cut into. Serve with bread or crackers.