Monday, May 17, 2010

Brown Sugar Dijon Brie

This is a great summertime party food.  Give this a try at your next get-together.

1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup apricot preserves
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 (4") round (8 oz) Brie cheese with rind, room temperature
1 loaf (16 oz) French baguette
olive oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Coarsely chop the almonds with the Food Chopper.  In a small batter bowl, combine the Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and apricot preserves using small scraper.

Cut Brie in half horizontally.  Place one half of Brie, cut side up, onto center of large round stone.  Spread half of the apricot mixture evenly over bottom half of Brie using the small spreader.  Top with half of the almonds and remaining half of Brie, cut side up.  Spread remaining apricot mixture over Brie; sprinkle with remaining almonds.  

Using a bread knife, cut baguette on a bias into 24 (1/4" thick) slices.  Arrange baguette slices around Brie; spray with olive oil lightly.  Bake 8 - 10 minutes or until baguette slices are golden brown and Brie begins to soften.  Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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