Grilled Brie with Figs & Thyme Honey

Grilled Brie with Figs & Thyme Honey

Food bloggers are notorious for their prop collections. We use props of all kinds for food styling and photography, for serving and entertaining. I find props at the farmer’s market, Alaska antique or second hand stores, garage sales, fabric stores, gift shops and specialty food shops. Pastor Alaska has started giving me props as gifts (like a vintage strawberry crate and spice jars he brought back from a trip to Washington State in the spring). I have fabric cuts for every season and burlap in several colors hanging in my hall closet next to the coats. I have wood boards stacked under the console in the living room that Pastor Alaska fashioned out of pallets. That same console is full of cake plates, pitchers, and glassware I’ve collected. Compared to most bloggers, my collection is still pretty modest, but it’s growing all the time.

Grilled Brie with Figs & Thyme Honey

I was thrilled to hear about the Food Blogger Prop Swap, hosted by Alyssa of www.EverydayMaven.com and Faith of www.AnEdibleMosaic.com; I sent a box of my props to a food blogger and received a box in return from another blogger’s collection. I had so much fun going through my stash and deciding which items to send. I sent a box of goodies all the way to Minnesota to Hayley from Cheap Recipe Blog. Then, a couple of days later, I received a fantastically fun box of props from the wonderful Alyssa at Everyday Maven (one of the coordinators of the Prop Swap). She sent me an impressive mix of dishes, placemats, accessories (how did she know I’d been dying to have some striped paper straws? They’re so difficult to find up here!), and useful kitchen utensils. You can view the whole collection of props she sent me here. The prop that I’m highlighting in this post is the beautifully textured cream-colored plate in these photos, which I thought was the perfect color and size to showcase this recipe. Thank you ever so much, Alyssa! I had an absolute blast doing this and I’m looking forward to what you and Faith have planned for future swaps. Stay tuned to see more of the props I received from Alyssa in future blog posts.

Grilled Brie with Figs & Thyme HoneyMy sister and her family are visiting from California and they were gracious enough to bring some fresh California produce up with them on the plane. I was beside myself with all the ripe, colorful produce covering my counter tops and filling my fridge. I was over the moon that she brought some fresh figs because they can be extremely hard to come by in our part of Alaska. Then my sister told me about a recipe that she and her friend had made using figs with brie. Brie is my favorite cheese and I was immediately sold as soon as the words came out of her mouth. What a stunning, yet simple way to highlight these fresh figs. I was also keen to try this new method of warming brie by using a panini press. Genius. Wish I had come up with it. I heated my press on the low setting and placed my whole wheel of brie in there for 5-6 minutes or until soft and warm to the touch. It came out with beautiful golden grill marks.

Grilled Brie with Figs & Thyme Honey

Grilled Brie with Figs & Thyme Honey

Grilled Brie with Figs & Thyme Honey

This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and only requires 5 ingredients, yet it is incredibly delicious and elegant. You just simply must make this for company and enjoy the oohs and ahhs that follow.

Grilled Brie with Figs & Thyme Honey

Yield: 4-6 servings

Grilled Brie with Figs & Thyme Honey

A stunning and elegant brie appetizer with fresh figs and thyme honey that takes less than ten minutes to prepare and only five ingredients. Adapted from Not Without Salt.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup honey (I used local homestead honey)
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
  • 1 (19.6 ounce) wheel of brie cheese
  • 4-5 fresh, ripe figs, quartered
  • water crackers or French bread

Instructions

  1. To a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the honey and thyme. Bring to a simmer, then turn down heat and keep warm.
  2. Heat a panini press on the low setting. Unwrap the wheel of brie and place it in the preheated press. Close the lid and heat until soft and warm to the touch, with golden grill marks, watching carefully (if you go too long, the cheese will burst through the rind and ooze out), mine took about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Carefully transfer the warm brie to a serving plate. Top with quartered figs, drizzle with honey, and garnish with fresh thyme. Serve immediately with water crackers or sliced french bread.

Notes

A sprinkle of sea salt on top of the honey is a nice addition.

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12 comments
The Accidental Okie
The Accidental Okie

Oh my goodness. Be still my heart. You have combined my two favorite things: figs and brie. I can't wait to make this! 

Once when in Seattle, I bought a carton of figs at a farmer's market on the way to the airport and ate the entire carton on the plane. I ate them until the acid made my lips tingle and swell, and I didn't care!

And word on the food props. I have seven white cake plates and they all serve a different purpose. And an endgrain cutting board I don't cut things on.

CindyKerschner
CindyKerschner

I bought brie for a recipe and now I know what I'm doing with the rest of it! 

Consuelo Honey and Figs
Consuelo Honey and Figs

This looks absolutely delicious, I'm obviously a big fan of the honey/figs combination ;-)

Tara
Tara

Gorgeous plate and the grilled brie looks delicious!

Heather
Heather

THIS WINS - I love melty gooey baked brie! I think I'll be dreaming about it later tonight ;)

annefrommysweetheart
annefrommysweetheart

Wow...Alyssa sent you some really great stuff!  And that dish seems perfectly suited for your beautiful baked brie.  This was such a fun event and I really hope we will all get to do it again!  Your photography is wonderful!  : )

Jennifer
Jennifer

Beautiful photos of a delicious dish. Why has it never occurred to me to grill Brie?! Must try soon.

EverydayMaven
EverydayMaven

Maya, I am so glad you liked everything and were able to start putting the props to good use!! Thanks for participating :)

Des
Des

This looks delicious! And I am loving the prop swap idea. I am in a prop rut right now and that might be something I'd really be interested in!

rvank
rvank

What an incredible combination of flavors! And I am loving the look of this dish - gorgeous! 

Faith An Edible Mosaic
Faith An Edible Mosaic

That plate is beautiful! And oh my goodness, that brie is calling to me - it's the melty cheese pictures that did me in, lol!! Thank you so much for participating in the swap!

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