Thursday, August 27, 2009

Figs & Toasted Almonds Brie

So, I was walking through the grocery store on Monday and I realized I often buy the same old thing when I decided I would begin a new resolution - at least one new food or recipe a week. As a way to keep me somewhat accountable I figured I would post the outcome and invite others into the variety...

This week it happened to come through the delightful fresh figs I saw on display at Whole Foods and I must say they were even more delightful to eat...

1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
6 fresh figs, stemmed and quartered
1 (14 ounce) round 4 1/4-inch diameter round Brie cheese
1/2 cup toasted almonds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 C).

2. Heat brown sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Add figs and vanilla, and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in almonds. Place brie wheel in a baking dish, and pour fig mixture over the top.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until softened but not melted. Serve with water crackers.

I doubled the mixture for an even more dessert-like recipe. It turned out really well but I found that 12 minutes in the oven was a bit long as the brie became too runny. This dish would work well as an appetizer or dessert.

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