Brie Blossom

One of my favorite taste medleys is the creaminess of brie next to the crispness of apples. Even though most people think a brie wrapped in phyllo or puff pastry is a great holiday appetizer, I think it takes the richness of the cheese too far. For a few years I played around with how best  to pare the apple and the brie together and finally came up with a brie blossom. With only four ingredients and a sharp paring knife, you can create this great cheese presentation.

Although this is a simple presentation, details do count. Select apples that have a bright red skin- the contrast works best against the white of the brie. You need a  1 1/2" cookie cutter or a saucer with a  1 1/2" ridge. And you need a sharp knife- first to cut the apples and then to cut the cheese. I use a commercially available product called Natureseal- it is a powdered all natural product of citric acid to keep the apples from turning brown. You can get a similar result by  slicing apples and soaking  them in a water mixture with 2 Tbsp of Lemon juice. Let them sit for 5 minutes and the towel dry.

1 medium brie
2 Whole apples
1 tsp. nature seal (or 2 Tbsp lemon juice)
3 Cup cold water
Strawberries or grapes for center (optional)

  1. Unwrap brie and place on cutting board. With a 1 ½" round cookie cutter, score a circle in the center of the brie.With a sharp knife, cut the center out.Cut the small inside circle into 6-8 wedges. Set aside. Cut the remaining outer circle of the brie into thin wedges no more than " thick at the outside edge.
  2. Cut two apples in quarters and remove the core and seeds.  Slice the apples into very thin wedges( the thinner the better).
  3. Combine the nature seal (or lemon juice) and water in a small bowl. Drop the apples in the water and soak for 5 minutes. Remove the slices and dry on  paper towel.
  4. Place the outer ring of the brie on a platter and gently pull it apart leaving space for the apple slices. Wedge a slice of apple in between each piece of brie. As you go around the brie you will need to remove 8 cheese slices to make room for the apple. Do not discard ( or sample- my biggest challenge).
  5. In the center, replace the small circle of cheese and wedge the apples in the spaces between the slices. Add the extra wedges to the center and arrange to look like a flower. Tuck any extra apple slices in the center to form a center with height. Garnish with a strawberry or  small cluster of grapes (optional).
Posted on December 6, 2012 .