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Brown Sugar Pecan Maple Baked Brie

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Brown Sugar Pecan Maple Baked Brie

My fellow wine lovers and I in the wine pairing weekend group are featuring rose wines this month hosted by Lori of Dracaena Wines. This rose event was the perfect opportunity to satisfy my recent craving for a baked brie appetizer. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you brie is my favorite cheese. Enter brown sugar maple pecan baked brie. If I do say so myself, this is one of the best appetizers I’ve made and I say that for a few reasons. One…it’s just plain delicious. Two…it’s super easy to make and three…it’s a pretty impressive dish. It looks nice and, well, who doesn’t love gooey cheese?! Plus, it not only pairs nicely with Harvey River Estate 2016 Rose but would work with other wines as well.

If you’re not familiar with Harvey River Estate Wines, they are a collection of wines from the Western Australia region. Grapes are sourced from the Geographe and Margaret River region. Cabernet Sauvignon was blended with small and equal portions of merlot and grenache grapes to produce a light dry and delicate Rose. It’s a clean but not too fruity fragrance with vanilla bean and rhubarb notes, balanced acid leading to a dry finish on the palate. It’s this dry finish that pairs nicely with the sweetness of the baked brie.

It used to be, many years ago, that when you thought of a blush wine, the first that came to mind were White Zinfandel and White Grenache. White Zin, as it’s sometimes affectionately called, is more sweet and fruity than rose. The predominate grape variety is Zinfandel. White Grenache, on the other hand has more citrus notes and tends to be a bit higher in alcohol and lower in acidity. The predominate variety is Grenache. Knowing I’m not a big fan of either of these wines I was hesitant to try a rose. There is no rose grape variety and as I mentioned above, the Harvey River Estate 2016 Rose is a blend of a few varieties. That’s probably why I liked it so much.

Brown Sugar Pecan Maple Baked Brie

 

Brown Sugar Pecan Maple Baked Brie pairs nicely with Harvey River Rose from Australia. A nice Sunday appetizer.

 

Brown Sugar Pecan Maple Baked Brie

Brown Sugar Pecan Maple Baked Brie

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Brown Sugar Pecan Maple Baked Brie pairs nicely with Harvey River Rose from Australia. A nice Sunday appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) round brie cheese
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • Sliced baguette, crostini, apple slices (for serving)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place brie on a small baking sheet lined with parchment, in a brie baker or a small oven proof dish such as a pyrex dish. Bake 15 - 20 minutes until softened. Remove and let cool about 5 minutes.
  3. While the brie cools, heat the brown sugar and maple syrup over low heat in a small saucepan. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in pecans until coated with mixture.
  4. Spoon over the brie and serve immediately.

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Nancy|PullThatCork

Monday 14th of August 2017

I've never made baked brie, I might have to give it a try. I'm all in for melted cheese! It is nice to see Western Australia represented among the rosé for this event!

Lauren Walsh

Monday 14th of August 2017

Looks delicious, and perfect for when friends drop by for a glass of wine. I'm not familiar with Harvey River wines, but I will definitely seek out a bottle of their rosé - it sounds very well-balanced and refreshing. And look at that color!

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Monday 14th of August 2017

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Jill BARTH

Saturday 12th of August 2017

Oh my goodness, how perfect for fall. This looks like heaven. Harvey River will go on my to-drink list.

Thanks for this idea, I've not had a baked brie with this tempting mix. Yum!

Lori

Saturday 12th of August 2017

Oh I am in the Brie Lovers camp with you! I love putting blackberry jam on it, but now... this may replace my favorite way to serve it. Looks sooooo yummy!

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