Friday, October 10, 2014

Baked Brie with Homemade Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Here's an appetizer for a Christmas Party.
It makes a beautiful presentation for a Holiday Party.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
A baking dish to hold the Brie. We have a ceramic Brie Cheese Baking dish. You can use a pie plate.

1 - 8oz. round of Brie Cheese, room temperature.
1/3 C Spiced Cranberry Sauce, recipe to follow.
2 TBS Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Orange Zest
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 C Roasted, chopped Hazelnuts.
Fresh Rosemary Sprigs for garnish.
An assortment of crackers

Remove a thin layer of the rind on the top of the cheese.
Remove a small amount of the cheese to create a shallow hollow in the top, to hold a bit of the cranberry sauce.
Place the cheese in the baking dish.

If using a canned Cranberry Sauce:
1/3 C Cranberry Sauce
Brown Sugar
Orange Zest
Mix well.
Or you can make the homemade Spiced Cranberry Sauce at the end of this recipe. I use the homemade recipe.

Top the Brie with Spiced Cranberry Sauce and sprinkle it with the Hazelnuts.
Bake for 8 to 12 minutes.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh Rosemary.
Serve warm on a variety of crackers.

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Homemade Spiced Cranberry Sauce:

1 - 12oz. bag of Whole Fresh Cranberries, rinse and drain.
1/2 C Honey
1 TBS Brown Sugar
1 - 2" Cinnamon Stick
4 Green Cardamom Pods
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground Cloves
3/4 C Water
1 TBS Orange Zest
2 TBS finely chopped Candied Ginger
1 TBS Grand Marnier

In a  medium Saucepan on medium - low heat:
Brown Sugar
Cinnamon Stick
Cardamom Pods
3/4 C Water
Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Orange Zest
Grand Marnier
Stir well.
Remove the Cardamom Pods and the Cinnamon Stick.
Transfer to a bowl and cool completely.
Refrigerate covered until ready to use.

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