Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
This will surely impress Mom this Sunday! A sweet and savory snack or great during Brunch, the creamy baby brie and sweet chocolate will create a one of a kind special day!
- 1⁄2 cup red wine
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons chopped bittersweet chocolate
- 1 loaf French bread, sliced into 40 slices
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 1 (13 1/4 ounce) packagealouette baby brie cheese, Original
- 4 tablespoons almonds, finely chopped
- 1⁄4 teaspoon allspice
- 2 ripe pears, peeled and finely diced
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Combine wine and sugar in a non-reactive saucepan and reduce over medium heat for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly. Stir in the chocolate to blend and set aside.
- Brush bread slices with olive oil and broil until golden brown on both sides. Cool.
- Cut wheel of Alouette Baby Brie into 4 quarters. Cut each quarter into 10 slices. Lay slices on a chilled plate.
- In a small skillet, over medium heat, toss the chopped almonds until golden brown.
- Remove from heat, add allspice and blend. Set aside to cool.
- Peel and finely dice pears.
- Place the French bread slices on a cookie sheet. Spread a ½ teaspoon of the chocolate wine sauce on each slice.
- Divide the minced pear equally among the slices.
- Lay a slice of Alouette Baby Brie on top of each “crouton” and sprinkle with toasted almonds.
- Heat in oven for 5 minutes.
Delicious and different. I found it more savory than sweet, but it may depend on how much of the chocolate wine sauce you drizzle on the bread. I cheated and used packaged toasted sliced almonds and just sprinkled them with cinnamon and nutmeg. Also sprinkled some of the spice directly onto the diced pears. While I used a nice red wine for the sauce, I think grape juice would be a fine substitute (and cheaper, too). My grocery store had a package of 8 small brie wedges and each wedge made 6 perfect-sized slices. This was simple to prepare and much of it can be done ahead.
I made this for a party and it was a hit! Though I did some things a bit differently and still YUMMY!!! For the chocolate I used bittersweet chocolate chips...which worked great! I could only find the spreadable brie cheese. I used over ripe pears from Mexico. And I used slivered almonds to toast. I did not feel the need to warm these in the oven for 5 minutes either! My Mom especially was just in heaven...couldn't stop eating these! Oh- and I dusted a very light bit of all-spice over the finished product, which made them look prettier (as in your picture)! I would consider this a time consuming appetizer to put together, but it was worth it! Some of my guests thought this tasted more like a dessert, I think they fair perfect as an appetizer! Thanks for sharing!