Buttery, creamy brie…you are one of my favorite cheeses. You taste wonderful baked between layers of puff pastry. You are remarkable melted in a grilled cheese sandwich full of fig. And oh yeah! You are the best appetizer because your mild flavor profile pairs easily with sweet and savory preserves.
Today, I choose blackberries! Tart and acidic, blackberries become quite pleasant when mashed with honey and sprinkled with thyme leaves. I will serve you over baked brie and with a side of warm artisan rolls.
- 1 wheel of brie
- 4 oz fresh blackberries
- 2 tbsp organic honey
- leaves from 1 sprig of thyme
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare the brie by slicing off the rind top to expose the cheese. Place the wheel, cut side up, in a baking dish, and bake for 5-7 minutes. Watch carefully to ensure the cheese does not melt, but only softens slightly.
- Meanwhile, add the blackberries and honey to a bowl and mash with a fork. Leave some larger pieces for texture. The rest will turn into a syrup.
- Spoon the sweetened blackberries over the warm brie and sprinkle with thyme before serving.
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Photos courtesy of Jessica Downey Photo