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Monday, January 29, 2018

Maple Cranberry Baked Brie

Gooey melty cheese is perfect for toasted bits of baguette. This maple cranberry baked brie is sweet and salty, tarty and gooey. It is perfect for a holiday or just because!



     Sometimes life just calls for melty cheese.  Whether you are trying to round off the edges of a particularly rough week or celebrating something fun, gooey cheese is bound to help!


       I couldn't resist grabbing a round of brie at the store recently.  Then the wheels got to turning.  Lately I've been using brie sliced and melted like in a grilled cheese or on that brie and pear flatbread that was such a hit with all of us.

     It had been quite a while since I just baked the brie and dug in with slices of crusty baguette. Since we were having a cozy Sunday at home, I thought it would be fun to just go for it.



      It never takes much convincing for my guys to eat cheese, so I knew they'd be on board. But what to top it with?

       Had I been on my own, maple and pecans were calling my name. But my husband won't eat nuts and I wanted to know I'd have help eating it. I was tempted to work up an apple cinnamon topping.



       Finally I settled on cranberries. I always buy some extra bags of fresh berries around the holidays and chuck them in the freezer to use later. This seemed like the perfect time to use one.

     If you don't have access to fresh or frozen berries, you could use a can of whole berry sauce. Just warm it up and doctor it up a bit and you'll be in business.

      This flavor combo was a hit with us. The sweet tart cranberry sauce played perfectly with the creamy tang of the cheese. I threw a few whole pecans on because I still had them on my brain and that way my husband could easily avoid them.



      You will likely have some extra cranberry sauce left when you're done. You could use it for tangy pulled chicken sandwiches like we did. It would also be great with yogurt and granola. Or serve it alongside your pork roast or chicken dinner. Who said you can only have it at Thanksgiving?


Yield: 8 servings

Maple Cranberry Baked Brie

Gooey melty cheese is perfect for toasted bits of baguette. This maple cranberry baked brie is sweet and salty, tarty and gooey. It is perfect for a holiday or just because!
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 35 mins

ingredients:

Maple Cranberry Sauce:
  • 12 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
For brie:
  • 1 8oz round of brie
  • 1 cup of maple cranberry sauce
  • 1 baguette, thinly sliced and toasted
  • optional: toasted pecans

instructions

For the sauce:
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a sauce pan. 
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes or until thickened. 
  3. Set aside to cool. 
To assemble:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. 
  2. Place the brie on an oven safe dish. 
  3. Bake for about 15 minutes or until soft and gooey. 
  4. Top with about a cup of warm maple cranberry sauce. 
  5. Add pecans if desired and serve with toasted baguette slices. 
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Shared at Meal Plan Monday

18 comments:

  1. That looks so tasty. I’ve never made cranberry sauce. That’s pretty silly since your recipe looks so easy and good.

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    1. It is so easy to make and so much better than the stuff in the can! Plus then you can customize it.

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  2. I'm drooling on the computer screen!! You know I love some Brie and never even thought about cranberry...such a yummy sounding pairing!! Have a marvelous Monday!

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    1. It is a perfect sweet, tart, cheesy pile of goodness <3 Thanks, Andrea!

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  3. This looks so tasty! Almost like comfort food! Melty cheese, sweet cranberries and toasted baguette is a perfect snack to gorge on!

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    1. Melty cheese is definitely comfort food to me <3 Thank you!

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  4. Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy Link Party! Pinned!!

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  5. Now you're speaking my language! YUM! My kids don't like sweet things with brie, I think they're crazy.
    Pinned to my appetizer board.

    Thanks for linking up to the Friday Frenzy--we appreciate you!

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    1. Oh man, they are crazy! More for you and me!! Thank you <3

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  6. I think I would find it extremely hard not to eat this entire thing by myself!

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    1. It's hard to stop, so invite a friend before you make it! ;-)

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  7. You are absolutely right - sometimes life does call for melty cheese! This baked brie sounds so delicious. Thank you.

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    1. It's just a fact and it's best if we don't fight it! Thank you!

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  8. This looks so so yummy! I froze a few bags of marked down cranberries at the end of the holidays as well - a perfect use for them! Thanks for linking up to the Friday Frenzy!

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    1. I only have one bag left! Now I have to really use them juciciously ;-) This was definitely a worthy cause though! Thank you!

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  9. Carlee - This sounds sooo good! I did a baked brie for a holiday gathering a while back, and it was a hit. I will have to remember to do that again and dress it up with your Maple Cranberry Sauce!

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    1. I hope you love it! Though it is hard to go wrong with melty cheese!

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