How to Serve Double Cream Brie

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What do you get when you take already-decadent brie cheese and add an extra dose of cream? Double-cream brie, which contains up to 60 percent to 75 percent butterfat, in accordance to French labeling laws. The results are often described as "buttery" -- a smooth, spreadable texture and a rich mouthfeel are characteristic of this style of cheese. Serve it for an indulgent appetizer or dessert.

Tip

  • Cheese novices often wonder whether or not they should eat the rind of brie and similar soft-rind cheeses. The milky-white rind of a double-cream brie is entirely edible, but if you prefer, it's OK to leave it on your plate.

A Simple Cheese Plate

A wedge of double-cream brie can be served on its own with crackers or bread to spread it on -- or as part of a cheese plate, perhaps with a firm or semi-firm cheese and a blue to provide contrasting flavors and textures. Accompany your wheel of cheese with fresh or dried fruit and/or nuts. Try fresh apple slices, clusters of grapes, a dab of your favorite chutney, a handful of fresh raspberries, a scatter of dried cranberries or a selection of dried dates.

Tip

  • Allow double-cream brie to come to room temperature before serving as part of a cheese plate.

Brie en Croute

Wrap a round of double-cream brie in puff pastry and bake until golden; in French, this is known as brie en croute. The brie inside becomes extra-soft but will not melt entirely.

Brie en croute doesn't necessarily need further adornment, but you can also top the wheel of cheese with a little something extra before wrapping it up in the pastry. This filling can be either savory or sweet. Sweet options include:

  • Fruit preserves
  • Chutney
  • Fresh berries
  • Sauteed apple or pear slices
  • Cranberry sauce

Tip

  • Add nuts to sweet fillings for a little crunch.

Savory options include:

  • Sauteed mushrooms and garlic
  • Pesto
  • Slivered or chopped sun-dried tomatoes and thyme
  • Red pepper relish
  • Artichoke paste

Tip

  • Wrap the brie in thin slices of prosciutto before adding the outer pastry layer.

Once your brie is out of the oven, serve with crackers or slices of baguette and a knife for spreading.

Accompanying Drinks

Serve Champagne, prosecco, cava or another sparkling wine with your brie, either baked or unbaked. The creaminess of double-creams stands up well to mildly acidic wines both red and white. Double-cream bries also pair well with the fruit-flavored beers of Belgium.

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