This elegant appetizer is easy to prepare and perfect for serving last-minute guests during the festive season


  • 1 (16 oz) brie wheel

  • 1 cup pecan halves, lightly toasted

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted

  • 1 1/2 cups maple syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place the brie on the prepared baking sheet and bake until soft, 25 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small pot, warm the pecans, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and maple syrup over medium heat, mixing until warmed through and the maple syrup evenly coats everything.

  4. Transfer the baked brie to a serving dish just large enough to hold it snugly without crowding and pour the maple syrup mixture overtop. Serve immediately while still hot alongside toasted baguette and a small spoon or knife for spreading.

Serves 6–8; Prep time: 20 minutes; Cook time: 25 minutes


Eatertainment (1)Excerpted from Eatertainment-1: Recipes and Ideas for Effortless Entertaining by Sebastien Centner and Sheila Centner. Copyright © 2022 Sebastien Centner and Sheila Centner. Book design by Jennifer Griffiths. Photography by Bruce Gibson. Published by Appetite by Random House, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.