While you could bake a whole wheel of Brie until it’s gooey, and then top it with the jam, I find making individual baked brie crostini easier to serve — and easier for my guests to eat!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Lay the bread slices on a tray or baking sheet.
Spread each slice with a spoonful of Brie, a slice of pear, and a dollop of cranberry jam. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese is soft.
If a piece of cheese smells strongly of ammonia, don't buy it. This is typically a sign of spoilage.
Allow cheese to come to room temperature before serving. This will accentuate the flavors and aromas.
Rich white wines and full-bodied reds go well with most cheeses and cheese-based dishes. Some specific recommendations: chardonnay or pinot blanc with goat cheese; dry chenin blanc with earthy cheeses; rosé or sercial madeira with melted-cheese appetizers; port with blue cheese (especially stilton); amontillado sherry or syrah/shiraz with strong cheeses; olooros or palo cortado sherry with creamy cheeses; merlot or carménère with mild cheeses; cabernet sauvignon, malbec, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, or petite sirah with cheddar- or gouda-type cheeses; nero d'avola with full-flavored Spanish or Italian cheeses; sangiovese with dishes using parmigiano-reggiano and similar cheeses.
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