I wanted to share with you all a super easy recipe that I pulled together for my recent birthday celebration, and really was a result of many happy accidents. I had initially wanted to make this baked brie recipe from Martha Stewart, to complement the cheese plate of the many differing cheeses people brought. However, I wasn’t able to make it as planned, for a number of reasons, that almost derailed the dish, but in the end made it super delicious and one of those happy accidents from adventures in baking!
The first happy accident / almost tragedy was that my friend was tasked with purchasing pecans for this brie, which were the first ideal. However, maybe given our differing mother tongues, my friend came back with a huge bag of blanched whole almonds. I decided to caramelize them, but without internet I had zero clue as to how to actually do this! So I tossed them in a frying pan with some pure maple syrup, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon, and tossed them around for a few minutes. They tasted delicious, though as I let them cool they got stuck to the pan, so my friends and I had to spend a few minutes hacking at the sauce with knifes to free them from their sugary prison!
The other slight mishap was that, due to a lack of understanding of how to time all the various things we were making (I’m not the best party planner!) I made the glaze, and let it cool too much. Therefore I had to heat it up again, which caused it to congeal once we poured it on the baked brie. This didn’t mean it tasted any less delicious, but it did mean that we had to seriously hack at the glaze (a theme for this brie!) to get it off the cutting board and into our mouths. 🙂 But, in the end, it was worth it, because baked brie covered in a maple syrup glaze with candied-ish almonds is delicious.
So! Let my happy accidents help you in creating your own baked brie, and enjoy!
Baked Brie with Candied Almonds and a Maple Brown Sugar Glaze
For the candied almonds
A handful of almonds
Pure maple syrup
2 tbsp light brown sugar
1 tbsp granulated white sugar
Dash of cinnamon
Toss a handful of almonds (however many that you think that you will need to cover the top of the brie) into a frying pan or sauce pan. Cover the almonds with enough pure maple syrup to coat them, and then sprinkle in both sugars and the dash of cinnamon. Using a wooden spoon, constantly stir the almonds until they are coated thoroughly, and covered in the glaze mixture. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
For the baked brie
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit / 178 degrees celsius.
Place the brie on a cookie sheet and place into the oven, until the brie is soft to the touch, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on whatever dish you prefer to serve it on – I chose a circular cutting board. Allow to cool while making the glaze.
For the glaze
3 tbsp light brown sugar
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
In a small saucepan, add both the brown sugar and the maple syrup. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly until the glaze is thickened and starts to simmer. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
Once the brie is on its serving board and slightly cooled, pour the slightly cooled glaze over the top and however decoratively you want on the board as well. Place a mound of the candied almonds on top, and also artfully around the brie itself. Serve with sliced French bread or crackers, and enjoy!