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Now that the holidays are knocking at our door you’ll no doubt begin to spend more time with family and friends.  Whether you’re having people over or thinking about bringing something to the party this holiday brie is sure to impress and satisfy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 round of Brie cheese
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam
  • 1-2 tbsp saffron simple syrup**
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1-2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
  • sleeve of ritz crackers

**Saffron Simple Syrup

  • pinch of saffron threads (~1/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

First make the saffron simple syrup. Take a pinch of saffron threads and place into a small shallow bowl (I used a dipping bowl). Add 1tbsp boiling water and allow it to seep for at least 20 minutes.

In a small saucepan add the saffron water, 1/2 cup water, and 1/2 cup of sugar. Whisk until the sugar has dissolved and bring to a boil. Boil for 3-4 minutes then reduce the heat to low. This will thicken the mixture into a simple syrup.

When it coats the back of a spoon, it’s ready to be removed from the heat.  Place into a small tupperware and allow to cool. In the same saucepan, add the apricot jam and 1-2 tbsp of the saffron simple syrup. Mix until combined and heat until the jam is warmed through.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the brie in the center of the sheet. Top with the jam and bake for 5-7 minutes. Remove from the oven, place on a serving platter, top with the chopped walnuts and pomegranate seeds, and spread the crackers in the same direction around the brie to make a wreath. Serve immediately.

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Warming the brie brings out the flavor of the cheese, but if you want to have something easier for guest to serve themselves you can slice the brie up and serve on individual crackers.

Enjoy!

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