A holiday classic that can’t be beat… steaming molten Baked Brie with Cashews and Bourbon Brown Sugar Glaze served with baguette slices.
Every holiday season I fall head over heals (again) for this oozing hot liquified cheese appetizer.
Baked brie can be prepared in many different ways. Some like it cut and baked on toast, or a whole wheel of brie wrapped in puffed pastry is another common rendition.
However, a naked baked brie topped with boozy sticky sweet cashews is a personal favorite I like to surprise my holiday guests with each year.
You can bake a whole wheel of brie without additional ingredients necessary, by simply severing the top rind all the way around the edges. The bottom and sides hold the brie, like its own little built-in serving dish, while the top piece acts as a lid while baking.
Then gently lift the lid off and you have hot spreadable brie that is great on bread, crackers, or even with veggies!
I like to bake the brie on a Swiss Diamond Nonstick Crepe Pan for several reasons.
One, the healthy and completely nonstick surface makes cleanup super easy. Two, the shape of the pan means I can adding toppings and baguette slices right on the pan and serve it straight from the oven to the table. And finally, serving the baked brie on the pan means it stays melted longer, so my guests have plenty of time of snacks and chat.
While the brie is in the oven, whip up an easy topping of Cashews with Bourbon Brown Sugar Glaze (AKA bourbon caramel) to spoon over the top.
Combine bourbon and brown sugar in a small Swiss Diamond Nonstick Sauté Pan. Allow them to simmer, then add in cashew halves and simmer a little longer for the caramel sauce to thicken. Add a touch of cream at the end, and you have a decadent nutty glaze that pairs perfectly with the rich salty cheese.
You’ll be amazed at how easily the pan washes clean. Even with caramel in it!
While the Baked Brie with Cashews and Bourbon Brown Sugar Glaze is hot and runny, place fresh baguette slices around the brie and serve it straight off the crepe pan, so it stays warm longer.
This heavenly appetizer is always a welcomed addition to any party. In fact, it’s nearly always the first thing to disappear!
No one can resist Baked Brie with Cashews and Bourbon Brown Sugar Glaze.
I dare you to try…
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