Holiday Brie


1 cup cranberries; fresh, chopped
1/2 cup pears; peeled, chopped
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon currants
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3 tablespoons cranberry juice cocktail
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
15 ounces brie; round; fully ripened

Combine first 8 ingredients in a heavy saucepan; bring mix to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Uncover and cook an additional 5 minutes or until mix is thickened, stirring frequently. Cool mix to room temperature.

Cut circle in top rind of cheese, leaving an 1/4″ border of rind. Carefully remove center circle of rind from cheese, leaving border intact. Place Brie on an ovenproof serving platter. Spread cranberry mix over top. Bake at 350~ for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

Serve immediately with melba rounds or sliced apples and pears.

30 servings

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