I used to live in a downtown college area near tons of bars within walking distance. I loved it because I was able to convince my friends to go out near my apartment and I would walk to meet everyone. One place that we frequented was a wine bar that also served small bites and appetizers. One item on their menu that I love is Bake Brie served in a sourdough bread bowl. This is not like brie en croute, a popular party appetizer in which a wheel of brie is wrapped in puff pastry, baked, and topped with jam. While that is quite tasty, this Baked Brie is something special. I’ve never had anything like it outside of the wine bar.
I recently moved to a different city and am now in walking distance of places like Target, grocery stores, and REI. I loved my single life, living alone downtown, but I love my new life even more. It’s funny how tastes change along with us. Maybe not funny, maybe it makes perfect sense. I much prefer the places in walking distance to me now and I like walking with my granny cartto do my grocery shopping or make a quick stop at Target. (Yeah right! Is there such a thing as a quick Target stop?) I’ve lost my interest in walking to the downtown bars. Truth be told, I lost that interest almost a year before moving. Now, there is nowhere I’d rather be on a Saturday night than in my living room with my manfriend and his daughters.
One thing that I’m confident will never change is my love of cheese. My craving for garlicky melted brie with toasted sourdough will surely never dissipate. So now I satisfy that craving the homemade way. Enjoy with a glass, or two, of your favorite wine and the company of your favorite person. You won’t want to share, but there will be plenty. Trust me, I’ve had to share my Brie on many occasions. This recipe takes about 30 minutes to bake, so you’ll have to plan for it a bit, but it is super simple and worth the wait.
- 1 sourdough bread bowl
- 1 (8 ounce) wedge of Brie (I prefer triple cream, but any will do)
- 1 small fresh garlic clove or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 small pinch (1/8 teaspoon) kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream (if using single or double cream Brie)
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Cut a small slice off the top of the sourdough bread bowl and scoop out the bread, leaving a 1/2 inch thick wall to create a bowl. Cut the removed bread into chunks and set aside.
- Coarsely chop the Brie (I like to remove most of the outer white rind, but this is not necessary). Place the chopped Brie into the bread bowl.
- Finely mince or grate the garlic, and place on top of the Brie. Or sprinkle the garlic powder on top of the Brie.
- Add the butter on top of the Brie.
- Cover the bread bowl with foil, place it on a baking sheet, and place in the oven until the Brie is melted, about 30 minutes.
- When the Brie is melted, remove the foil, turn the oven up to broil, add the extra bread to the baking sheet, and broil until the bread is toasted, about 5 minutes. You can drizzle the bread with oil to make it more golden brown.*
- Serve with the toasted bread pieces and sliced green apples.
*If you're using single or double cream Brie, stir in a bit of heavy cream just before broiling to make it even more creamy and luscious. This step is optional and indulgent.
Fresh garlic makes this Baked Brie very garlicky. If you do not prefer so much garlic flavor, simply use garlic powder in place of the fresh garlic.
My favorite part is actually the very end, when there is no more Brie to scoop out, slice the bread bowl and eat the Brie-soaked bread!