Black Currant and Walnut Stuffed Baked Brie

There’s a restaurant in San Diego that I was going to all the time over the spring and summer for their baked brie.

I literally had to wean myself off it and take a brie break. I love brie so much and tried to break up with the restaurant version.

I was doing okay until this way too easy, at-home baked brie recipe made its way into my life.

I simply sliced a round wheel of brie horizontally, added walnuts and Hero Black Currant Fruit Spread. Hero Fruit Spread is very popular in Europe and chef preferred and while Americans like the sound of “preserves”, “fruit spreads” actually describe jams with higher fruit content. You can also try their Black Cherry, Red Currant, or Bitter Orange varieties. Anytime I can add fruit to my diet by way of brie I’m super happy.

I’ve learned that black currants have a key growing region in Poland. Currants are not grown commercially in the US. They have a tart flavor profile and chewy texture with a robust flavor burst in each berry.

Hero is a ‘romance brand’ with Swiss heritage, known for their quality, and time honored approach to selection and slow fermentation. There are no preservatives. You can buy Hero Fruit Spreads at ShopRite, King Kullen, Stop&Shop, Kings, ACME, Balduccis, Walmart, and more.

I baked the brie because there’s nothing like warm, melty brie for me, but you don’t have to and can serve it right away. Talk about super easy holiday entertaining.

If you’re making this for the holidays to serve a large group and come across one of those very large wheels of brie that are often available prior to the holidays, I recommend adding about 1/2-cup each of the fruit spread and walnuts.

The walnuts add crunch while the black currants add chewiness, tartness, and robust flavor that perfectly compliments the brie.

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Black Currant and Walnut Stuffed Baked Brie

Easy holiday entertaining is yours with this recipe. Slice a round wheel of brie horizontally, add walnuts, and black currant fruit spread. You can bake it or serve it right away. The walnuts add crunch while the black currants add chewiness, tartness, and robust flavor that perfectly compliments the brie.

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Ingredients:

  • one 8-ounce round wheel brie
  • about 1/4 cup Hero Black Currant Fruit Spread, plus more for garnishing if desired
  • about 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, plus more for garnishing

Directions:

  1. Slice the round of brie with one straight, horizontal cut to create two round halves.
  2. Evenly spread Hero Black Currant Fruit Spread on the bottom half of the brie round.
  3. Evenly sprinkle the chopped walnuts on top of the Hero Black Currant Fruit Spread.
  4. Place the top layer of brie on top of the walnuts, creating a ‘sandwich’.
  5. Optionally garnish with an extra dollop of fruit spread and walnuts on top and serve immediately with crackers, bread, crudites, etc. Or, if you prefer to bake the brie, place it in a small, oven-safe baking dish and bake at 350F for about 15 minutes, or until cheese has softened.

Recipe lightly adapted from Hero Fruit Spread, reprinted with permission

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