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Brown Butter Fig & Pear Baked Brie

This creamy Brown Butter Fig & Pear Baked Brie is both elegant and comforting, and is sure to be the hit of any holiday or cold weather party! Figs, pears, pecans, and a little sweetness bring out the best in your favorite soft cheese.

Serves 4     adjust servings

Preparation 5m Cook Time 25m Total Time

Ingredients

  • 1 wheel brie cheese
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 large figs, quartered
  • 1 pear, chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • Baguette slices and/or crackers, for serving

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place unwrapped brie round in a 5-inch cast iron skillet or brie baker. Place on a baking sheet and set aside.

Set a heavy-bottomed pan over medium-low heat. Add the butter and allow it to melt. Gently swirl the butter as it goes through two stages - popping & crackling as the water boils out, and the browning of the butter solids. As the solids begin to brown, use a spoon to peek through the foam for the light brown flecks inside - it will start to smell nutty and delicious. The whole process from solid stick to brown butter will take about 10 minutes.

Quickly add figs, chopped pear, and brown sugar. Stir until sugar is melted and well combined. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, then add vanilla and pecans. Stir until well coated, then remove from heat.

Pour mixture over the brie. Bake for 10-15 minutes until brie is warm and softened. Serve with baguette slices and/or crackers.

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