Gourmet shops sell these Brie with Caramelized Pecans, delicious appetizer wheels of brie, for very high prices, even though they are fairly simple to make. You can make them very colorful for the holidays by adding candied green and red cherries at the very last moment after pouring the caramel onto the cheese.
- 2/3 Cup brown sugar
- 1/3 Cup water
- 1/2 Cup heavy cream
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 Cup spiced pecans
- 1 8-inch wheel ripe brie cheese; top rind cut off evenly
- Combine the brown sugar and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil. Continue to cook over medium heat until the mixture reaches soft-ball stage (240 degrees F.) Test with a candy thermometer about 4 minutes from the time the mixture begins to boil.
- Let the mixture cool slightly and stir in the cream. Continue to boil another 5 minutes or until the mixture is slightly thickened and glossy. Remove from heat and stir in the butter. Fold in the pecans.
- Pour the caramel mixture evenly over the top of the cheese, letting a little of it run down the sides.
- Make sure the pecans are neatly piled on top of the cheese, and have not fallen over the sides.
Serve with French Bread, crackers or apple wedges.