Baked Brie Recipe

Does picking up the wrong habit dooms our life or there is hope for a change? Let’s bake a brie and see which path leads to our fate!

The kitchen can be a really dangerous place. Not only because there are sharp objects, slippery floor or burning surfaces that could cause harm to our fragile body but because it’s a place for infinite joy and thus, also suffering for some.

Is eating a pleasure or a habit?

Eating is essential part of providing energy and nutrients to the cells of our body. If we think about it, it’s rather boring and monotonous process and most likely very few of us would choose to do something similar pastime if it weren’t a somewhat pleasureful activity.

In fact, eating from the preparation of food through digesting and getting rid of the unnecessary bits can be so loathsome that the primitive part of our brain (that is responsible for such monotonous tasks as breathing, pumping blood and generally keeping us alive) had to come up with several tactics to make each and every process not only bearable but enjoyable on the daily basis.

In some of us, the brain did such a fine job touting about the pleasures of eating, that it took over the life, and eating became the sole purpose of existence. It may seem like an excessive uncontrolled and thus harmful way of living, but it gave our species the evolutionary edge to survive when food wasn’t in the plenty.

Why doesn’t food taste the same?

Millions of neurons are responsible for carrying various signals to our brain that are translated in a split-second, starting hormone production that induce joy and pleasure to keep us chewing on our task.

Releasing the joy hormones is our brain’s main method of letting us know what kind of food the highest potential has to keep us supplied with energy without the need of refueling again. Prioritizing food in an environment where there were no fast-food stalls at every corner -or means to preserve food- meant life or death not just for the individuals but for the species as a whole.

Sure, we need salad, celery, and broccoli for their nutrients that our body hasn’t learned to supply for itself because most likely there were plenty of such stuff lying around in the paradise, but first we needed to survive the day running from sharp teethed predators and for that food high in carbs and fat was needed.

What habits are used for?

Our brain thought it to be a good idea to associate the flavors of such food that provides the most energy for survival with pleasure, hence all the food that is high in fat and sugar gives us the tingle.

But if pure pleasure wouldn’t be enough to hook us into eating, our brain has other tactics to keep us in the loop such as habits.

Habits are designed to save our brain energy, so it doesn’t need to think twice about things we already familiar with. The main logic is that if we have done something once and we are still alive or provided some sort of positive results then that thing should be working, hence it is worth to be repeated.

This is how our ancestors found out which berries to eat, which mushrooms opened heaven’s door and how to make rain by dancing around the fire.

Are habits dangerous?

Although habits helped us a lot in the challenging environment of old, it can be a burden in our modern environment where high energy food can be stuffed within an arm’s reach.

In such a minefield sneaking out for a bite before bed can cause long lasting consequences on our waistline and never-ending suffering on our mental health.

Due to their nature, once habits are established -and they can be established by doing them only once- they are burnt into our long memory and can never be erased. They will reside in a special compartment in our brain, waiting for the right trigger to be activated and executed.

So, if sneaking out for a scoop of ice cream before bed seems like a good idea, just think about it whether we want to do that for the rest of our life and only then do it.

What’s the habit in brie?

Although habits can’t be eliminated lucky for us, they can be broken or reprogrammed. It isn’t as easy as picking them up the first time.

Much like we can always used smoked bacon on our cottage cheese pasta in place of sugar, we can simply stick garlic slices into our baked brie instead of pouring jam or honey on top. We never do it though or at least not willingly.

Once we pick a side, our fate is most likely sealed as it’s generally unimaginable to try any other option. As it is with many things though the limits only exist in our mind, and once we allow our protective layer to be pierced with new ideas -like brie with garlic- amazing things will come to life.

Ingredients

Sweet

  • 1 Round brie (8 oz / 200g)
  • Toppings: (pick only one)
    • 2 tablespoons Honey
    • 2 tablespoons Jam
    • 2 tablespoons Roasted nuts and honey

Savory

  • 1 Round brie (8 oz / 200g)
  • Toppings: (pick only one)
    • 3 cloves Garlic (sliced into 9 sticks)
    • 2 tablespoons Caramelized onion

Overkill

  • 1 Round brie (8 oz / 200g)
  • 1 Puff pastry
  • 1 Egg yolk (for egg wash)
  • Toppings:(pick only one)
    • 2 tablespoons Honey
    • 2 tablespoons Jam
    • 2 tablespoons Roasted nuts and honey
    • 2 tablespoons Caramelized onion
    • 3 cloves Garlic cut into 9 slices

How to make Baked brie

Sweet

  1. Remove the brie from its box and unwrap it. Some brie come in a double wrapping of paper and plastic. Remove the plastic packaging, keep the paper on. If there is no paper packaging with our brie, just use a parchment paper to wrap it on one side of the brie.
  2. Put the brie and paper wrapping back into its wooden box, so the paper seals the bottom. Remove excess paper if desired. If we have a dish that is slightly bigger than the brie use simply that without wrapping it with paper.
  3. Place the cheese with its box onto a baking tray and put it onto the middle rack of a 350°F/180°C oven until the cheese inside melts and jiggles when the tray is moved for about 15 minutes.
  4. Pour the honey or other sweet syrup on top and serve hot.

Enjoy!

Savory

  1. Remove the brie from its box and unwrap it. Some brie come in a double wrapping of paper and plastic. Remove the plastic packaging, keep the paper on. If there is no paper packaging with our brie, just use a parchment paper to wrap it on one side of the brie.
  2. Put the brie and paper wrapping back into its wooden box, so the paper seals the bottom. Remove excess paper if desired. If we have a dish that is slightly bigger than the brie use simply that without wrapping it with paper.
  3. Pierce holes on top of the brie and slice up the garlic gloves into sticks.Baked brie recipe - SunCakeMom
  4. Stick the garlic into the holes.Baked brie recipe - SunCakeMom
  5. Place the cheese with its box onto a baking tray.Baked brie recipe - SunCakeMom
  6. Put it onto the middle rack of a 350°F/180°C oven until the cheese inside melts and it jiggles when the tray is moved for about 15 minutes. Serve hot!Baked brie recipe - SunCakeMom

Overkill

  1. Roll the puff pastry to 11″ x 11″ / 30cm x 30cm square.
  2. Place the brie in the middle. Add one of the toppings.
  3. Wrap it up with the puff pastry.
  4. Brush it with egg wash.
  5. Put it into the middle rack of a 400°F / 200°C preheated oven. Bake until the pastry is golden brown, 25 – 40 minutes. Let it cool for a 5 – 10 minutes so the cheese won’t leak all over the table.

Enjoy!

 

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Baked Brie Recipe

Does picking up the wrong habit dooms our life or there is hope for a change? Let's bake a brie and see which path leads to our fate!
Course Appetizer, Low Carb Meal
Cuisine Gluten free, Keto, Low carb recipe, Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 257kcal
Author SunCakeMom

Ingredients

Sweet
  • 1 Round brie 8 oz / 200g
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
Savory
  • 1 Round brie 8 oz / 200g
  • 3 cloves Garlic sliced into 9 sticks

Instructions

Sweet

  • Remove the brie from its box and unwrap it. Some brie come in a double wrapping of paper and plastic. Remove the plastic packaging, keep the paper on. If there is no paper packaging with our brie, just use a parchment paper to wrap it on one side of the brie.
  • Put the brie and paper wrapping back into its wooden box, so the paper seals the bottom. Remove excess paper if desired. If we have a dish that is slightly bigger than the brie use simply that without wrapping it with paper.
  • Place the cheese with its box onto a baking tray and put it onto the middle rack of a 350°F/180°C oven until the cheese inside melts and jiggles when the tray is moved for about 15 minutes.
  • Pour the honey or other sweet syrup on top and serve hot.
  • Enjoy!

Savory

  • Remove the brie from its box and unwrap it. Some brie come in a double wrapping of paper and plastic. Remove the plastic packaging, keep the paper on. If there is no paper packaging with our brie, just use a parchment paper to wrap it on one side of the brie.
    Baked brie recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Put the brie and paper wrapping back into its wooden box, so the paper seals the bottom. Remove excess paper if desired. If we have a dish that is slightly bigger than the brie use simply that without wrapping it with paper.
    Baked brie recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Pierce holes on top of the brie and slice up the garlic gloves into sticks.
    Baked brie recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Stick the garlic into the holes.
    Baked brie recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Place the cheese with its box onto a baking tray.
    Baked brie recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Put it onto the middle rack of a 350°F/180°C oven until the cheese inside melts and it jiggles when the tray is moved for about 15 minutes. Serve hot!
    Baked brie recipe - SunCakeMom

Notes

Enjoy!

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 257kcal (13%) | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 16g (32%) | Fat: 21g (32%) | Saturated Fat: 13g (81%) | Cholesterol: 76mg (25%) | Sodium: 476mg (21%) | Potassium: 127mg (4%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 1g (1%) | Vitamin A: 448IU (9%) | Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) | Calcium: 145mg (15%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

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