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Feb 24, 2021

Brie Brûlée

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
I love a sweet and savory combination so the smooth creamy soft-ripened cheese with it’s  buttery flavor makes the perfect contrast to the caramelized sugar.

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This isn’t your typical baked Brie recipe!! While I love a baked Brie wrapped in crescent rolls or puff pastry with jam or honey, this recipe is even easier to make and only requires two ingredients. It comes together in under 10 minutes making it the perfect appetizer for last minute guests. The Brie is topped with turbinado sugar and then is either torched or broiled until the sugar has caramelized – using the same method one might use on creme brûlée.

Brie Brûlée

Why you should make Brie Brûlée

I love a sweet and savory combination so the smooth creamy soft-ripened cheese with it’s  buttery flavor makes the perfect contrast to the caramelized sugar. Make sure you pick a Brie that comes in a wood box – this helps the Brie keep its shape when cooked. If you can’t find one that comes with a box then broil it in a shallow baking dish.

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Brie – Brie is washed rind cow’s milk cheese; it’s a crowd-pleaser cheese. You can add it to a cheese board and it’s approachable. Everyone knows where they stand on it (though not all Brie is created equal). When buying your cheese for this recipe look for a double cream Brie. Triple cream will be a bit too gooey to hold the caramelized top. If you don’t eat it all in one sitting, store it in plastic wrap and refrigerate then re-torch the top.
  • Turbinado sugar – Also known as sugar in the raw, it’s minimally processed, evident in the larger granules. It comes from the first pressing of sugar cane and thus retains that natural, richer flavor. Because of the bigger granules of sugar it’s often used for finishing desserts. I like using it in this recipe because it adds a bit more flavor though it can easily be swapped out with granulated sugar. Brown sugar has too much moisture to be a suitable substitute.

Steps to make Brie Brûlée

Step 1

Preheat the oven to broil on high. Trim the top bit off the brie to open it up and expose the cheese.

Step 2

Broil on high until the cheese is slightly gooey.

Step 3

Sprinkle the cheese over the top.

Step 4

Either torch the top of the Brie with a kitchen torch or return it to the oven on broil until the sugar caramelizes.

Step 5

Serve and enjoy!

Why you should buy a kitchen torch

I am a big fan of the kitchen torch – for one, I love making creme brûlée and torched desserts like brûlée peaches, baked Alaska or meringue pie. It also comes in handy when I am styling food to get a slight char on something or melt an ingredient just right.  I’d recommend this Kitchen torch from Amazon. I’ve tried a few and this one has some good power behind it. Just make sure you’re working on a non-flammable surface when using it.

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Brie Brûlée

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-ounce) wheel triple cream Brie, in a wood box
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar (or super-fine sugar)
  • Kitchen torch (optional)

Instructions:

  • Heat oven to broil on high. Trim the top ⅛” off the top of the Brie to remove the top rind.
  • Broil about one minute until the cheese is just gooey. Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the top of the Brie. Either continue to broil until the top has caramelized or use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar.
  • Serve with toasted bread, crackers and slices of fruit.

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