Baked Brie with Maple Caramelized Apples and Spiced Praline Bacon

Ingredients

  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • sea salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2Golden Delicious apples – peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (8 ounce) round Brie cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary(Optional)
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

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  • Step 2

    Lay bacon on the prepared baking sheet. Mix pecans, brown sugar, chili powder, and sea salt together in a bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the bacon.

  • Step 3

    Bake in the preheated oven until crisp, and browned, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool. Chop bacon into rough pieces.

  • Step 4

    Melt butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples and 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Saute, stirring only every 60 to 90 seconds, until apples are tender and brown, about 8 minutes. Mix in remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup and cinnamon. Transfer to a bowl.

  • Step 5

    Cut a round of parchment paper slightly larger than the round of Brie cheese. Place the Brie cheese on the parchment paper; place onto a baking sheet. Top with the cooked apples to make a big mound.

  • Step 6

    Bake in the hot oven for 5 minutes. Add bacon-praline mixture on top of the Brie. Continue baking until top is bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to a serving platter using a large spatula. Sprinkle with sea salt and rosemary.

  • Cook's Note:

    The cooked apples can be made a day ahead and stored covered in the refrigerator.

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