Mulled Wine & Baked Brie make it all Merry & Bright

| December 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

This weekend is predicted to be cold and rainy…ugh! However, this makes for the perfect time to decorate your house, address holiday cards and wrap presents. At the thought of all this “work,” visions of warm cocktails appeared in my head…and what did I find but Mulled Wineย & Baked Brie recipes bookmarked to try. Now that makes it all Merry & Bright!

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Here is the Mulled Wine recipe I am going to try:


4 cups apple cider

1 bottle cabernet sauvignon

1 tbs honey

3 cinnamon sticks, and 1 to garnish each glass

1 orange, juiced

4 whole cloves

2 oranges, sliced thinly, for garnish


In a large saucepan, mix the cider, wine, honey, orange juice, cinnamon sticks, & cloves. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to simmer for 10 minutes. Scoop out the cloves & cinnamon sticks. Pour into glasses garnished with cinnamon sticks and and orange slices.

(image and recipe found here)


Don’t you think that this Baked Brie recipe with dried cherries and almonds would be the perfect holiday accompaniment to the mulled wine? I do! A girlfriend brought it to “friends giving” a few weeks ago and it was devoured in minutes!

{note- you can get all these ingredients at Trader Joes}


1 (7 to 8-inch) wheel brie cheese

1/4 cup dried cherries

1/4 cup sliced toasted almonds

3 tablespoons brown sugar

2 sheets (12 by 18-inch) puff pastry

2 eggs, beaten


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut the wheel of brie in half horizontally and separate the top half of the wheel from the bottom half. Sprinkle the bottom half of the brie with the dried cherries, toasted almonds, and brown sugar. Replace the top half of the brie and apply pressure to secure the stuffing.

Working on a well-floured surface, roll out the puff pastry so that it will fully cover the brie. Place the brie in the middle of the puff pastry and fold the excess pastry around the wheel. Put the wheel aside. Roll out another piece of puff pastry and cut out a circle the same circumference as the top of the brie.

Using a pastry brush, brush the egg on top of the brie in the puff pastry and place the circle on top. Brush the top of the circle with egg. ย Brush the entire top side of the brie with the egg and place the brie on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until the pastry begins to turn golden brown, then turn the temperature down to 325 degrees F and bake for another 20 minutes.

(image and recipe found here)



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