Cheese lovers everywhere unite! This blackberry walnut baked brie in puff pastry is a wonderful appetizer, full of bold flavors and a smooth creamy texture.
In all honesty, if I could have just one food type to live on the rest of my life, it would be dairy. Dear Lord, please don’t ever let me become lactose intolerant. I couldn’t handle it.
I love all cheeses. Stinky cheeses, mild cheeses, soft cheeses, and crumbly hard cheeses. I still eat string cheese like a second grader on a field trip. But, I didn’t really discover the more extravagant cheese varieties until I was into my twenties when my obsession got a little more serious…and expensive.
If you are a cheese enthusiast, you have to get this Beecher’s Cheese Assortment. My favorite cheese in this assortment is No Woman. It’s a hard Jamaican Pepper cheese with bold flavor. It runs about $20 a pound, so I don’t get it regularly, but I’ve found it at my local supermarket in two-ounce packages, which makes it seem less expensive.
Anyways, a while back I mentioned to Chris that I really wanted some baked brie. He proceeded to stare at me with confusion. He had no idea what baked brie was! WHAT?! I made it my top priority that week to get a round of brie and blow his mind… in the kitchen.
I’m also a big blackberry fan. When I was a young child, we lived in Washington and in our backyard we had blackberry bushes that stood probably twenty feet tall. During the summer months, my mom would go out with five-gallon buckets and pick blackberries for hours and hours, and then she would make the most delicious pies and jams. Now, at least where I live, you have to pay about three to four dollars for a tiny container with probably 15-20 blackberries. It baffles me and makes me realize that we had a gold mine in our backyard. Ha!
I combined sweet and tart seedless blackberry jam with rich, nutty toasted walnuts and buttery smooth brie to create this mouthwatering, flavor-packed snack. Because it’s January and I couldn’t find any fresh blackberries, I didn’t include any. But, feel free to add some whole, fresh blackberries on top of this to make that much more amazing.
Let me know what you thought of this fun and elegant appetizer in the comments below, and be sure to share this recipe with your friends on social media! I appreciate it greatly!