Baked Brie with Caramelised Pears, Shallots and Thyme

Baked Brie with Caramelised Pears, Shallots and Thyme


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About this recipe: This moreish party nibble is impressively presented. Be sure to use a hearty, good-quality crusty loaf of bread for this recipe.


Serves: 10 

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 pears - peeled, cored and sliced
  • 5 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon light brown soft sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (250g) round loaf crusty bread
  • 1 (200g) wheel Brie
  • 75g flaked almonds

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4.
  2. Melt butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add shallot; cook and stir for 1 minute to soften. Add thinly sliced pears; cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Pour in white wine, brown sugar, thyme, salt and pepper; increase heat to medium-high and simmer until the liquid has evaporated and the pears have lightly caramelised, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Cut a Brie-sized hole in the top of the crusty bread to within 1cm of the bottom. Cut the removed bread into pieces for serving; set aside. Score the Brie around it's edge, using a paring knife to cut .5cm deep. Cut in half by looping a strand of very thin string or dental floss around the scored Brie and pulling the ends in opposite directions.
  4. Place the bottom half of the Brie, cut-side-up, into the loaf. Top with 1/2 of the pear mixture and sprinkle with 1/2 of the almonds. Place the remaining brie half on top, cut-side-down, spread with remaining pear mixture, and sprinkle with remaining almonds. Place on a baking tray.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until soft and gooey. Serve with sliced bread and crackers.

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Did a trial run of this and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe - 15 Dec 2011

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