Blooming Brie Bowl

Blooming Brie Bowl with Caramelized Pears
  1. 2 T. butter
  2. 2 shallots, minced
  3. 2 pears, peeled, cored and diced
  4. 1/3 cup dry white wine
  5. 1 t. brown sugar
  6. 1/2 t. chopped fresh thyme
  7. 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  8. 1 (8 ounce) round loaf sourdough bread
  9. 1 (8 ounce) round Brie cheese, rind removed and cubed
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a skillet, melt 1 T. butter over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the pears and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the wine, brown sugar, thyme, salt and pepper. Increase the heat slightly and simmer the mixture until all of the liquid has evaporated and the pears have caramelized, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Cut top third off loaf of bread; hollow out enough bread from bottom to make room for cheese.
  4. Cube removed bread; set aside.
  5. Using a knife, make 2-inch cuts into loaf around edge of bread at 1-in. intervals. Spread inside of bread with 1 Tbsp. butter. Place ½ of cheese into bottom of bread bowl, top with 1/2 of the pear mixture. Place the remaining brie half on top, spread with the remaining pear mixture and sprinkle with remaining slivered almonds. Replace bread top and place on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake in preheated 350° F. oven for about 30 minutes.
  7. Serve with reserved sourdough bread pieces and crackers.
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