Holiday entertaining just got a little more delicious with this easy and elegant Baked Brie en Croute with Honeyed Almonds, Cherries and Thyme.
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If there’s one food I could live off of it would be cheese. . and possibly chocolate but I hit my limit pretty quickly with chocolate. Cheese. . not so much.
Can you think of a more perfect food than cheese? Especially hot, gooey, melty cheese all wrapped up in puff pastry, dripping with honey, nuts and fruit?
That’s what I thought! Between all the holiday entertaining that goes around in the month of the December it’s important to have an easy, elegant yet show stopping appetizer in your back pocket. Friends, I’ve have it for you today.
I doubt none of you are strangers to baked brie en croute aka the fancy way to say baked brie in puff pastry.
There’s no right or wrong way to make a baked brie, you can top it with whatever jam, nuts or herbs you may have laying around but sometimes it’s just to put a little bit of extra effort in.
It’s the holiday season, we can get dressed up. Which is exactly what I’ve done here.
Instead of store bought jam, I went ahead and reduced some frozen cherries – fresh if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on some into a thick compote flavored with a touch of almond extract.
Our cherries and brie get wrapped up in puff pastry, baked until golden brown and then topped with thyme scented honeyed almonds and of course more honey to finish because you can never go wrong with honey and cheese.
Let’s talk about those honeyed almonds for second, okay?
Topping our brie with these nuts just make our appetizer a complete flavor bomb with crunchy, sweet, salty and tart and they couldn’t be easier to put together.
Honey gives those almonds that gorgeous amber color, it’s ideal for browning, glazing and in this case replacing the traditional sweetener used to candy our almonds. A little bit goes a long way in flavor and gives the nuts a beautiful, sticky sheen once they firm up.
I promise you this – as soon as you walk out with this baked brie, there will be oohs and ahhs from the crowd. I know, I’ve baked this up three times already and it’s the perfect way to kick off your holiday season or just a simple dinner party at home.
In fact, that’s exactly the plan we have outlined here for you below! I hope you’ll join in our virtual dinner party and be sure to invite the honey lovers to the table! I’ve also uploaded a shopping list that you can download (just right click the photo to save) for one easy shopping list!