Recipe from Baked Dessert Cafe & Gallery
Holiday party menus are not complete without an offering of cheese, and what could be better than an appetizer of warm, melty, baked Brie? Brie can be found in most every grocery store and is relatively inexpensive. It’s rich and creamy texture can be prepared simply, with both sweet and savory toppings, and makes for an elegant presentation despite the fact that it’s super-easy to prepare. I love this recipe, and you will, too. Pair the dish with crackers and/or veggies for a spectacular start to your celebrations.
12 oz frozen, pitted cherries (about 2½ cups)
2 cups sugar
1½ tsp vanilla extract
½ cup bourbon
1 Tbsp lemon juice
½ package powdered fruit pectin
6-12 oz wheel of Brie
In a medium sauce pot, add the fruit and turn on the heat to high. Cover and cook for several minutes, until about thawed. If you’re using fresh cherries, skip this step.
Add the sugar and lemon juice and turn up the heat; bring to a hard boil and cook for a few minutes. Add the pectin and stir; bring back to a boil and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Skim the foam off the top while the jam is boiling.
Turn off the heat and add the vanilla extract and bourbon. Stir to combine. Pour into sterilized jars and seal. Let cool before placing in the refrigerator. Keeps for several weeks to a month in the refrigerator.
Preparing the Brie
Preheat oven to 375°. Place cheese, with the rind intact, on a baking sheet lined with parchment or in a baking dish or ramekin. Bake cheese for 15 minutes or until it feels very soft when you push gently on the top.
Remove from oven and transfer to a serving dish, if desired. Top generously with Tart Cherry Bourbon Jam and serve warm.
BAKED DESSERT CAFE & GALLERY
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