Melty brie cheese, gooey homemade caramel and salted caramel almonds come together for the most amazing appetizer or decadent dessert you’ve ever had! This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting brands that support me!
Cheese. My first true love.
One of Nick’s best friends recently went vegan, which of course, meatatarian Nick harassed him about to no end. But over the last year, we’ve been eating way less meat than we used to. Over the last couple months (after watching the documentary Forks over Knives) I’ve even snuck in a few completely plant-based meals too, which all ended up being big hits!
But. There’s one reason I could never be fully vegan.
Ok, maybe bacon and lobster, too.
But cheese. Oh cheese. How I love you, cheese. Maybe it’s my French roots, or maybe it’s just the fact that it’s so darn delicious, but I could definitely never live without cheese. If I ever became lactose intolerant, I’d probably need to save up money for a stomach transplant, because… cheese.
Brie has always been a favorite. I like it cold, room temperature, baked and melty. I like the rind. I like it all. Love it all. For as long as I can remember, every holiday gathering with my French family has included baked brie. It’s such a tradition that if there ever isn’t a baked brie, it’s sorely missed. We usually just keep it simple and just sprinkle some brown sugar on top. Amazing.
Over the years, I’ve had many variations of baked brie. With cranberries and pistachios on top, with apricot jam, with cinnamon apples, wrapped in puff-pastry. One thing is for sure, brie pairs amazingly well with something sweet.
Blue Diamond sent me some of their Salted Caramel Almonds to try, and while I was savoring their yummy sweet-n-saltiness, I had an epiphany. Salted caramel. On top of brie. I mean, why not? It’s not like caramel is that far off from brown sugar! Just, like, 100 times better. 😀
So I baked a brie. And I made some homemade salted caramel (which I had never done before, but now that I know how easy it is… dangerous). And I drizzled the caramel on top of the brie. And then sprinkled it with Blue Diamond Salted Caramel Almonds. And then I ate nearly the whole wheel and went into a cheese coma.
For the record, I don’t necessarily recommend that last part. But I DEFINITELY recommend all the rest because, OMG– this is amazing.
You could serve this as appetizer, or as dessert. You know us Frenchies love our cheese for dessert. You can serve it with crackers or some fresh fruit. Apples, pears or some crisp nectarines. If you want to die and go to cheese heaven, just make this. Now!
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 tbsp butter
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 small wheel brie cheese
- ¼ cup chopped Blue Diamond Salted Caramel Almonds
- Crackers and sliced fruit, for serving
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Heat sugar over medium heat in a small saucepan, stirring constantly, until sugar clumps up and then melts to a smooth syrup.
- Carefully add butter while stirring constantly (mixture will bubble up). Continue cooking and stirring until butter is melted.
- Slowly pour in heavy cream while constantly stirring. Once cream is stirred in, continue cooking and stirring for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and stir in salt. Let cool until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
- Place brie in a shallow baking dish (or cast iron skillet). Bake 10-15 minutes, checking after 10 minutes, until brie rind is puffed up in the middle. You want the brie to melt fully without busting the rind.
- Remove brie from oven, pour caramel sauce over top, then sprinkle with almonds.
- Serve with crackers and sliced fresh fruit.