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One thing often leads to another. This summer, my sister and brother-in-law gave me a Brie Baker for my birthday. I love gifts that I can use in the kitchen. I’d never heard of a Brie Baker, so I was eager to try it out. This Brie Baker, handcrafted pottery, was made in Ludington, Michigan. A small ceramic cheese knife came with it. But wait, there’s more. It came with this note:  

Brie Baker  

Cover Brie Round with pesto, mango or pear chutney. Bake at 350° for about 10 minutes. (Microwave for a minute or two). Cover Brie with cranberry sauce, a little bit of triple sec. Sprinkle with brown sugar, and bake for about 10 minutes. (Microwave, also). Sprinkle a little Jack Daniels on Brie; add a little bit of brown sugar and some sliced almonds. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Serve on bread, pear, or apple slices.  

Birthday Gift Brie Baker

My New Brie Baker

What a nice touch to include some ideas for baking brie! I decided to top my brie with Lavender Mixed Berry Chutney made by Pelindaba. Pelindaba is a lavender farm on San Juan Island.   

Demo Garden at Pelindaba

Demonstration Garden at Pelindaba

The name of this farm Pelindaba is the Zulu word for “Place of Great Gatherings”. Stephen Robbins, the owner of Pelindaba, has committed to keeping his 20 acre  valley property as open space for “great gatherings of crops & great gatherings of people”. To learn more about his philosophy, click here.  

Brie and Chutney

Brie and Chutney Pair Up

My birthday led  to a Brie Baker, the Brie Baker led  to this flavorful chutney made by the folks at Pelindaba, and the recipe that came with the gift led  to  Baked Brie with Lavender Mixed Berry Chutney. When I opened the oven door to take out the cheese, the fragrance nearly knocked me over – sweet lavender and summer berries filled the air.  

Baked Brie with Lavender Mixed Berry Chutney

Baked Brie with Lavender Mixed Berry Chutney

When I put the knife into the warm cheese, it was creamy and warm. Then I spread the cheese covered chutney on a cracker and popped it into my mouth. All I can say is it was fantastic!  

Now my hope is this blog post leads you to experience Baked Brie. I would love to know what you topped yours with. Next time I want to try the Jack Daniels with brown sugar!   


    Brie with Lavender Mixed Berry Chutney    

        1 8-ounce round of brie cheese  

       ¼ cup Lavender Mixed Berry Chutney  

       ½ tablespoon sliced almonds  

  1. Place brie on baker (removing rind from top and bottom of wheel is optional)
  2. Spread the chutney over the top of the cheese
  3. Sprinkle almonds over chutney
  4. Bake in 350° oven for 10 minutes

Serve with crackers, bread and/or slices of apples, pears or nectarines

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