Baked Brie with Cherries, Pistachios and Caramelized Honey

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Baked Brie with Cherries, Pistachios and Caramelized Honey

Last week I was in New York for three short nights and I can tell you from my experience, Spring has not sprung. Being greeted by twenty-one-degree temperatures, AND after a red-eye flight is kind of a brutal (but I had a pretzel later so all was ok). Luckily Spring is near. I’m not a groundhog or anything but I’m staying positive for all of you east coasters.

I’m sure many of you still dealing with Winter’s lingering attitude can’t wait for brunches. Is there anything better than sitting outside, eating with friends while the warmish April sun looks on? I guess when I think of weekend brunching, I think of Spring. It’s that time when we’re just itching to do everything outside, which includes eating. Cocktails and appetizers and pancakes mixed with lunch food. I probably love the mix of foods most about brunch. It’s not just breakfast, but a healthy mix.

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I baked some cheese for when you’re ready to do this occasion of brunching. I’m hoping you’ll be able to do it soon. (If not, don’t worry because baked cheese also eases sorrows. Trust me.)

Baked Brie with Cherries, Pistachios and Caramelized Honey // www.acozykitchen.com

Baked Brie with Cherries, Pistachios and Caramelized Honey // www.acozykitchen.com

This is the kind of appetizer that goes well with a variety of vessels. In my opinion, the more the merrier. I’m talking a variety of crackers (I loved the sesame ones pictured in the far back), seeded crackers and sturdy fruit like apples. This cheese dish deserves a spread, you know. I’m talking different plates, pretty flowers, some fun music.

Baked Brie with Cherries, Pistachios and Caramelized Honey // www.acozykitchen.com

My favorite thing about this recipe (besides the cheese, duh) is the caramelized honey. I didn’t even know I could caramelize honey until I googled around the internets and saw other people doing it too. It’s simple, really, and the honey takes on a bit of a nuttier note and aroma. The pistachios, sour cherries and honey are classic Middle Eastern combinations that I think goes pretty well with a creamy brie cheese.

I found my sour cherry jam at a Middle Eastern market; if you can’t find it, feel free to substitute black cherry jam or even fig jam. Oh figs! Brunch wonders. I love them.

Baked Brie with Cherries, Pistachios and Caramelized Honey // www.acozykitchen.com

Baked Brie with Cherries, Pistachios and Caramelized Honey

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Ingredients

  • 7 oz. Président Brie
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sour cherry jam
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios, plus a few more for topping
  • 1 large egg, beaten in a small bowl (egg wash)

Caramelized honey:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Salt

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set it aside.
  • Slice the wheel of brie cheese in half, horizontally. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the chopped dried cherries and sour cherry jam. Set aside.
  • Lightly flour your surface with flour and roll out the thawed puff pastry to a 12" by 12" square. Using a 10" plate as a guide, trim the pastry into a 10" circle. Take the brie out of the fridge and place the bottom half of the brie in the center of the dough. Spread the cherry filling evenly on top of the half of the brie and sprinkle with pistachios.
  • Top with the other brie cheese half.
  • Fold the pastry over the brie, pressing to seal. Flip the brie over and brush it all over with egg wash.
  • Transfer to the oven to bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown. Allow the baked brie to cool for 10 minutes (in this time the baked brie will also deflate - that's ok!).
  • While the brie is cooling, let's make the caramelized honey. To a small saucepan, set over medium heat, mix together the honey, water, splash of lemon juice and pinch of salt. Allow to simmer for 1 to 2 minutes, until honey has thickened and turns a darker hue of brown. Turn off heat and pour over baked brie. Garnish with more chopped pistachios; serve with slices of apple and/or a variety of crackers.
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  • Reply Dana April 15, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Oh my goodness! This looks heavenly. And what a perfect combination of ingredients! Those are some of my favorite flavours you’ve put together in that bundle!

  • Reply Chrissy April 5, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Heaven in my mouth!

  • Reply bev @ bevcooks April 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Seeeeeriously.

  • Reply Nizzi April 4, 2014 at 6:43 am

    I love this recipe!! I used to do something similar with phyllo dough, but I can’t wait to see how puff pastry turns out. And that carmalized honey looks to die for!

  • Reply Belinda April 3, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Is it bad that I’m contemplating making this because I know my husband wont eat it so I’ll have it all to myself? I even bought some cherry brandy jam at the markets on the weekend that I think would be perfect.

    It’s kind-of autumn here in Brisbane, Australia (says she sitting in shorts and singlet) but I think this recipe will be perfect for when the days finally cool down a little.

  • Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    There’s nothing better than baked brie, love this!

  • Reply Mimi April 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    wow! nice combination. i wonder if amarena cherries would work in place of the dried cherries and the jam…

  • Reply Lil April 3, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    This looks delicious! I would love to try it, but what is the honey/water ratio. I don’t think I see it in the recipe. Thanks!

  • Reply Meg @ The Housewife In Training Files April 3, 2014 at 10:50 am

    What a gorgeous brunch recipe! There are few things that I like better than melted brie with a sweet/savory flavor!
    PS…how much honey is needed?

    Thanks for the recipe!

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