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Baked brie with jam or fruit is popular for good reason

  • Joe Keller/America's Test Kitchen/AP



Friday, November 16, 2018

Warmed brie becomes rich and gooey, and pairing it with sweet fruit brings out the savory notes in the cheese.

For sweet and creamy flavor in every bite, we trimmed off the rind (which doesn’t melt that well) and sliced the cheese into cubes. This allowed our honey-apricot mixture to be evenly distributed throughout the dish, not just spooned on top.

Baking the cheese in a cast-iron skillet — which holds heat so well — keeps the cheese in the ideal luscious, fluid state. We finished the dish with an extra drizzle of honey and some minced chives to reinforce the sweet-savory flavor profile.

BAKED BRIE WITH HONEYED APRICOTS

¼ cup chopped dried apricots

¼ cup honey

1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

2 (8-ounce) wheels firm brie cheese, rind removed, cheese cut into 1-inch pieces

1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 F. Microwave apricots, 2 tablespoons honey, rosemary, salt, and pepper in medium bowl until apricots are softened and mixture is fragrant, about 1 minute, stirring halfway through. Add Brie and toss to combine.

Transfer mixture to 10-inch cast-iron skillet and bake until cheese is melted, 10 to 15 minutes. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons honey and sprinkle with chives. Serve.