Brie with Warm Berry Compote

Hey guess what?!  Another recipe perfect for Thanksgiving!  And you know what, this recipe may be the EASIEST one yet!  No really!  And it looks gorgeous and super fancy!  Were talking, the ever popular, the always perfect, baked brie!

Holiday Brie

This time I’m going a little simpler and lighter with no crust.  You know, I love a brie en croute (which is super fancy for “in pastry crust”) but for Thanksgiving, when you have, oh maybe one or two other things on your plate.  This brie is perfect and easy!

This appetizer is a great offering if you’re attending a party as well.

For this recipe I actually went with cranberries and raspberries, simply because of the time of year!  But honestly, any berries work at all.  Heck almost any fruit.  Honey glazed apples or pears?  Also perfect!  So you can pick whatever fruit you have in the house, leftover in the freezer, or on sale at the store.  The only fruits that wont work would be citrus because they’re too juicy and not enough substance.

brie with berry compote

Here’s the basic recipe

Baked Brie with Berry Compote
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of fruit- washed, chopped and removed of any skin or stems (unless you're using berries)
  • ¼ cup liquid- water is fine, but wine would be divine (rhyme?)
  • 2 Tbls sweetner- my go to is honey, but sugar works as well.
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a sauce pan and heat on medium until liquid starts to bubble.
  2. Berries will break down very quickly
  3. Cook on medium until desired consistency, it's hard for me to give you an exact time, since it really depends on the fruit, how ripe and how much liquid it has.
  4. Make sure to taste to adjust sweetness levels.
  5. If for some reason you find it too sweet, a bit of lemon juice helps.
  6. If your fruit is really ripe, hold off adding sugar until the end and taste before you do, you may not need it at all!
Notes
Be cautious if you want to use an artificial sweetener, cook down the recipe and sweeten just before serving to ensure right amount. Also, with artificial, always error on the side of less sweet, even a drop too much could start tasting, well, artificial!

The compote can be made well ahead of time.  Once ready to serve.  Plate the brie and warm in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds.  You want it to be very soft in the center, so it’ll ooze when it’s cut open!  If it’s really cold from your fridge, you may need another 20 or so seconds.  Warm up compote separately, and drizzle/pour over the top.  Serve with crackers or crusty bread!

brie with warm berry compote

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