Festive Seasons

Baked Brie

Start a get-together with this baked brie, where red cranberries provide a pop of yuletide color.(DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Rachel Johnson)

Serves: 4–6 | Prep time: 30 minutes

1 (6-inch) wheel triple-crème brie

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

2 medium apples, sliced

½ cup fresh cranberries*

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons real maple syrup

Fresh thyme for garnish (optional)

Crackers or baguette slices for serving

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Using a serrated knife, cut top rind (about ¼ inch) off brie; discard.

3. Set an oven-proof skillet (cast iron works well) over medium-high heat. Melt butter; sauté apples until slightly soft (about 5 minutes). Add cranberries; cook another 2 minutes. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice and salt.

4. Move apple and cranberry mixture to edge of the pan. Nestle brie into middle of fruit mixture; bake 12 to 15 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly.

5. Drizzle with maple syrup; sprinkle with thyme. Serve immediately with crackers or baguettes.

*If fresh cranberries aren’t in season, use frozen and thaw before use. If frozen aren’t available, dried can be used but reduce maple syrup to 1 tablespoon.