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Brie with Brûléed Pears, Balsamic Honey & Spiced Pecans


  • Author: Carol Green
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x

Description

A round of brie is dressed up with brûléed pears, spiced nuts and drizzled with balsamic honey for an elegant touch. If you don’t have a small torch, the pears can be broiled with the sugar in the oven for a few minutes and transferred to the Brie.


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Ingredients

SPICED NUT INGREDIENTS

1          cup Pecans, rough chopped

½         cup Sliced Almonds

¼         cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds

¼         cup Raw Sunflower Seeds

23       tablespoons Honey

1          tsp. Savory Spice Za-atar Seasoning

1          tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

2          tsp. Sea Salt

BALSAMIC HONEY INGREDIENTS

2    cups Balsamic Vinegar

½   cup Honey

½   tsp. Salt

MAIN DISH INGREDIENTS:

1          8oz Camembert Round

1          ripe Pear

1          Tbsp. Lemon Juice

23       Tbsp. Superfine Granulated Sugar

34       Tbsp. Balsamic Honey

¼         cup Spiced Nuts

            Pinch salt

Special equipment, Brule torch


Instructions

  • Prepare the Spiced Nuts:
  • Preheat oven to 350F, and prepare a large sheet pan with parchment paper
  • Place the nuts and seeds on the sheet, and drizzle with the honey.
  • Place in the oven for a few minutes to melt the honey, remove from the oven and sprinkle over the spices and salt evenly over.
  • Bake for 8 minutes, take out and stir
  • Bake for an addition 5 to 6 minutes until toasted and fragrant.

 

  • Prepare the Balsamic Honey:
  • Place the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and cook until the liquid is evaporated by half, stir in the honey and salt, allow to cool.
  • Transfer to a squeeze bottle or jar.

 

  • Assemble the dish:
  • Scrape off the top ‘bloom’ off the brie and place on a platter.
  • Cut the pear into thin slices, remove the core and dress lightly with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • Fan the pears decoratively across the top of the brie.
  • Sprinkle with a little of the sugar and torch the sugar moving the torch back in forth, working in layers adding more sugar until a caramelized crust is achieved.
  • Sprinkle a generous layer of the spiced nuts, and drizzle liberally with the balsamic drizzle.
  • Serve with crackers or crusty artisanal bread and enjoy!

Notes

Special equipment, Brule torch

  • Category: Appetizer

Keywords: Brie with pear and spiced nuts, holiday brie, appetizer