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Blueberry-Date Baked Brie
Baked brie is delicious, warming and decadent for a special treat. This is a great dish for entertaining, or to share with a loved one with a bottle of champagne. It comes together in less than 15 minutes, making it a great dish when you want to throw something together that’s decadent, sweet and savory. The brie becomes spreadable when put in the oven, making it pair well with crostini, a heavy cracker or toasty bread. It’s sweet but not too sweet, rich, buttery, and earthy. It’s easy to make, delicious, and healthier than other popular versions of baked brie. Check out what sets this recipe apart.
A Healthier Version of a Decadent Dish
We’ve made some healthy swaps in this recipe, making it a healthier indulgence you can enjoy and feel good about.
The blueberry sauce works perfectly with the soft brie. Blueberries are one of the best fruits to use in savory recipes due to their tart-sweet factor. The thyme adds a herbal element to this dish, bridging the sweet and savory elements together. Then, we add flaxseed to the sauce.
Flaxseeds are a naturally thickening agent, and are loaded with nutrients like Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Once you add the water and let it sit, the texture becomes even thicker, making it the perfect substitute for something like cornstarch used as a thickening agent in many recipes.
Why Date Syrup?
We also use date syrup instead of honey or sugar for more antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus. There are an incredible amount of health benefits in this magical ingredient. Once you add the date syrup, the sauce becomes naturally sweet. The date syrup also has a thicker texture, making it the best way to sweeten this sauce with a jammy texture. Want to try Date Lady brand date syrup? Use code “meg15” at checkout to get 15% your entire order!
- 1 wedge or round of brie cheese
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 6 thyme sprigs, chopped and divided
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 3 chopped pitted dates
- 4 tablespoons date syrup
- 2 teaspoons flaxseeds
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- Remove brie from the refrigerator and let rest about 30 minutes on the counter.
- Mix the ground flaxseed with 1 tablespoon water and let it sit for a few minutes. This will allow the flaxseed to thicken.
- Meanwhile, make the blueberry sauce. In a saucepan, heat up the blueberries with the chopped pitted dates, balsamic vinegar and 4 sprigs of the thyme. Add the date syrup and the thickened flaxseed. Let it simmer for 5-10 minutes until thick and jammy in texture. Turn off the heat and let the sauce sit.
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Prepare a cast iron skillet or pie plate. Slice the top rind off of the brie using a sharp knife, and place the brie in the skillet or pie plate.
- Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes until melty and warm.
- Wait about 5 minutes before serving.
- Garnish with 2 sprigs of thyme.
- Serve with toasty bread or crackers.