Baked Brie: Great Ideas for the Ultimate Holiday Treat

We don’t mean to toot our own horn, but we feel we must tell you: Murray’s Brie Baker is going to be your favorite part of the upcoming holiday season. Follow our easy recipe suggestions and you’ll have an impressive appetizer or dessert in just 15 minutes!

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Here are some classic combinations for the holidays:

simple__brie_baker23Simple:Keep it simple and top your baked brie with fig spread, honey, or strawberry jam. Really, anything spreadable will work!

savory__brie_baker26Savory: A mixture of ¼ cup chopped roasted tomatoes, ¼ cup chopped artichokes, and 2 tablespoons chopped pitted olives. Combine with 1 tablespoon capers and a pinch of fresh black pepper.

sweet__brie_baker47Sweet: A mixture of ¼ cop chopped pecans and ¼ cup chopped dried apricots. Combine with 1/3 cup fig spread, ¼ cup dried cherries, and a pinch of ground cinnamon

Here’s what to do:

  1. Place an 8 oz. Mini Brie or Camembert in a Murray’s Brie Baker.
  2. Pick your flavor combination and mix up your topping.
  3. Spread the mixture over the cheese.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Become known to all as the Host/Hostess with the Most/Mostess.

brie_encroute_fig_jamOther Baked Brie ideas:

  • Go for simple sweetness with fig spread (included in Baked Brie Set).
  • Wrap the brie in puff pastry and add any topping.
  • Go for a savory appetizer and top with roasted mushrooms, olives, thyme, and parsley.
  • Check out 23 other great Baked Brie ideas here!

Rob Kaufelt: New York’s Reigning Dairy King

While we might be “ancient,” New York Magazine still thinks we’re doing something right! In their annual Food & Drink Issue, NY Mag calls out Murray’s—specifically our Cavemaster Reserve cheeses Torus and Greensward—and declares our owner Rob Kaufelt “New York’s reigning dairy king.” We humbly accept, and look forward many more years of slinging cheese in NYC!

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Cheese Might Turn Out to be a Very Healthy Thing Indeed

Cheese, similar to other fermented foods, is teeming with millions of micro-biological bodies (many of which are considered probiotic, and good for digestive health). While the research is young, many in the food science community believe that these microbes, most often found in unpasteurized cheeses, produce many of the positive benefits of other probiotic food like yogurt and kombucha. In the story from NPR below, we hear about the developments in the understanding of cheese microbes and hear from one of our favorite cheese makers, Jamie Montgomery, who makes the ever-popular Montgomery’s Cheddar.

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23 Ideas for Spicing Up Your Baked Brie

Whether wrapped in buttery puff-pastry or prepared in a traditional ceramic brie baker, melty baked Brie makes for easy and impressive entertaining. We often eat these gooey creations with sweeter toppings, like fig spread or cherries. But baked Brie is incredibly versatile, and savory creations shouldn’t be forgotten, especially as a holiday season appetizer. We love this BuzzFeed list of 23 inspiring recipes for baked Brie—they highlight a wide variety of flavors and toppings. Here are two that we really love, and you can check out the whole list here.

Roasted garlic and honey pairs savory and sweet beautifully!

enhanced-buzz-4161-1386995050-10Mushrooms and thyme bring out Brie’s naturally earthy flavors.

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Via BuzzFeed

A New Kickstarter for Aging Cheese at Home With The Cheese Grotto

The  “Cheese Grotto” is one of the coolest things that we have seen on Kickstarter in a long time. We often encounter the difficulties proper cheese storage at home, and the Grotto hopes to help us cheese lovers keep our curd in the best possible condition. For the more adventurous, the Cheese Grotto can also be used for bringing your cheese to the perfect ripeness. Check out the video below, and throw them some love on Kickstarter!