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Warm baked Brie

Recipe by:Chef/co-owner Gayle Pirie
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco


  • Poached cranberry compote
    1 cup dried cranberries
    1 1/2 cups cold water
    3 tbsp. distilled white wine vinegar
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1 bay leaf
    1 cinnamon stick
  • Baked Brie
    2 to 3 oz. of your favorite Brie, sliced into wedges, about 2 cm thick
    2 tsp. heavy cream
    2 tbsp. raw pecans
    Pinch of salt (optional)
    8 hand-torn, bite-sized pieces of whole wheat sourdough bread
    3 tbsp. olive oil
    1 tbsp. poached cranberry compote (recipe provided) or dried cranberries
    4 leaves radicchio
    Ripe apple or pear, cut into slices


For compote: Combine ingredients in a small pot over medium-low heat. Simmer for 20 minutes or until cranberries are plumped, stirring as needed. (Cranberries will absorb moisture.)  Allow to cool, then refrigerate. Makes 1 1/2 cups. Compote will keep for one month.

For Brie: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place cheese in a small iron cazuela or other shallow baking dish. Add cream, pecans and salt, if using. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden. Flip pecans halfway through, if necessary, to avoid burning. While cheese is baking, sauté bread pieces in olive oil over medium heat until golden, about 5 minutes, turning constantly to brown. Serve immediately with cranberry compote, radicchio and fruit slices.

Serves 2

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