I have to admit that I cannot take credit for this recipe. I recently became a Pampered Chef Consultant and did a cooking demo of this recipe for my first two shows. It was so good that I had to share it!
I love brie and always feel it makes an impressive and delicious appetizer. The cheese is pretty to look at and I love the combination of flavors and textures. When it melts it is rich, gooey decadence and easy to slather on crackers or bread. There was not one bit left after everyone tried it and got rave reviews!
I started selling Pampered Chef products because I have loved them for over 20 years. I personally know that their kitchen gadgets, cookware, knives and serving pieces make a difference in my prep time and cooking. The items are so practical and smart (hello, garlic press!) and it is my hope to share them with others. I was not sure if I would share the Pampered Chef items on this blog as I started it out many years ago as a way to share my recipes and still want it to be about the food. I then thought that if I can help my readers by suggesting products that I love and use everyday it may help them too, and no one has to buy a thing if they are not interested. So, after much back and forth, I decided that I will list the Pampered Chef tools I used to create each recipe and if there is anyone interested in any of them please let me know 🙂
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 5 – 8 servings
½ cup chopped apples
¼ cup of sliced almonds (optional)
½ cup dried cranberries, i.e. Crasins
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
pinch of salt
1 round brie (8 oz.)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Add the apples, cranberries, almonds, brown sugar and a pinch of salt to a bowl. Melt the butter in the microwave in a glass or silicone bowl for about 20 seconds. Add the melted butter to the apple mixture and stir so that all the ingredients are coated in the butter and well combined.
Cut brie in half through the center of the circle so that there is an equal top and bottom (the shape of a hamburger bun).
Place the bottom half of the brie rind side down on a baking sheet or platter that can go into the oven. Scoop half of the apple mixture onto the brie. Add the second piece of brie to the top with the rind facing up and add the rest of the apple mixture.
Cook for 15 minutes until cheese is very soft. Serve with crackers, crostini or sliced French bread.
Suggested Pampered Chef Tools:
- Close and Cut with Chef knife
- Flexible cutting mat
- Santuko knife or utility knife
- Glass mixing bowl set
- Entertaining Platter
- Apple wedger
- Measuring spoon set
- Measuring cup set