baked brie on plate
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Baked Brie With Honey and Pears

A show-stopping appetizer perfect for entertaining.

Brie cheese is synonymous with entertaining – specifically, baked brie cheese is synonymous with holiday entertaining. No need to cut off the rind (it holds all the deliciousness together!), and it only needs 15 to 20 minutes to bake. Brie has a natural affinity for all types of nuts, and a touch of something sweet – honey, maple syrup or red pepper jelly – is a perfect complement to the buttery, earthy flavour of brie cheese.

Diced crisp Bosc pear, toasted hazelnuts, honey, orange zest and fresh thyme is the ideal topper for the melty goodness of a show-stopping baked brie cheese. Serve flanked by more sliced pears as well as crackers and toasted baguette slices.

A dish of brie on a marble surface with a whole pear and a knife

Baked Brie With Honey Pear Topper

This warm baked brie is topped with a sweet, honey-pear-and-hazelnut topping.
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 450 g round Brie cheese

Honey Pear Topper

  • cup peeled hazelnuts chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 Bosc pear (or pear of choice) diced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • pinch each salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • 1 sprig thyme

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line casserole dish or small skillet with parchment paper. Add brie and bake until melted, 15 to 20 minutes.

Honey Pear Topper

  • Toast hazelnuts in skillet over medium heat, stirring, until golden, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add pear, honey, salt, pepper, orange zest and thyme. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Serve warm brie topped with pear mixture and sprinkled with hazelnuts.
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