Baked Brie with Caramelized Pears, Shallots and Thyme

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Brie baked in a round sourdough bread bowl makes this ultimately easy! You could substitute a sweet chutney for the topping for even easier prep. I microwaved the final product for a few minutes to speed up the cooking (couldn't wait for it to be ready!)

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced

  • 2 pears - peeled, cored and sliced

  • cup dry white wine

  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 (8 ounce) round loaf sourdough bread

  • 1 (8 ounce) round Brie cheese

  • ½ cup slivered almonds

  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add shallot; cook and stir for 1 minute to soften. Add thinly sliced pears; cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Pour in white wine, brown sugar, thyme, salt, and pepper; increase heat to medium-high and simmer until the liquid has evaporated, and the pears have lightly caramelized, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

  3. Cut a Brie-sized hole in the top of the sourdough bread to within 1/2-inch of the bottom. Cut the removed bread into pieces for serving, set aside. Score the Brie around it's edge, using a paring knife to cut 1/4-inch deep. Cut in half by looping an 18-inch piece of very thin string, or unflavored dental floss around the scored Brie and pulling the ends in opposite directions.

  4. Place the bottom half of the Brie, cut-side-up, into the sourdough loaf. Top with 1/2 of the pear mixture and sprinkle with 1/2 of the slivered almonds. Place the remaining brie half on top, spread with remaining pear mixture, and sprinkle with remaining slivered almonds. Place on a baking sheet.

  5. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until soft and gooey. Serve with sliced sourdough bread and crackers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

417 Calories
21g Fat
43g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 417
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 650mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 111mg 9%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 221mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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