Maple Brie with Bourbon Cherries and Almonds

cuisine American
difficulty Moderate
season Summer
serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

9.5 ounce wheel of double cream brie 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup 1 cup fresh cherries, pits removed 1/4 cup Kentucky bourbon 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract 3 tablespoons hot water 1/2 cup almonds, toasted Maldon sea salt flakes 1 baguette, sliced Olive oil

Directions

  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2.  Up to one hour before needed, cut the pitted cherries in half. Combine the cherries with the bourbon, almond extract, and hot water. Reserve.
  3.  Brush one side of each bread slice with the olive oil and toast in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the bread is lightly toasted and golden brown on top.
  4.  Place the wheel of brie into a snug fitting oven safe dish such as a STAUB 6" GRATIN and put the almonds around the outer edge of the brie.
  5.  Pile the cherries in the center of the brie and drizzle the maple syrup evenly over and around the brie, cherries, and almonds.
  6.  Place the dish in the oven and bake for 5 to 7 minutes until the brie is oozing but not melting (alternatively, use a cast iron dish and place directly on the grill).
  7.  Remove the brie from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and a pinch of the sea salt flakes.
  8.  Serve immediately with the toasted baguette slices. 

Kitchen Notes

The brie cooks faster when left at room temperature for an hour before placing in the oven or on the grill. Any variety of cherry is delicious, but a combination of dark jewel toned cherries and their rose & apricot cousins is even more visually enticing.