Boozy Cheese & Fruit

A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.
Will Rogers

Perfect for a Kentucky derby or game day appetizer warm cheese…
Kicking up Ina’s baked Brie cheese and thanks to Woodford Reserve Bourbon my favorite boozy brie cheese and fruit is not just for a horse race celebration, great mid-week quick dinner appetizer for friends.  Easy and delicious…I have this at least once a year, but it just made it to my go-to appetizers to have more often, serve with assorted crackers, French bread, or those lovely fruit and nut crackers…

1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
3 tablespoons Woodford Reserve Bourbon
1/4 cup dried apricots, diced
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup chopped, toasted hazelnuts
8-ounce Brie, round
Minced fresh thyme and parsley

Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan and simmer until the sugar dissolves. Stir in bourbon, dried fruit, and toasted hazelnuts. Bring to a light simmer, remove from heat, and set aside.

Place brie round on a baking dish that can go from oven to table, and also be used for final display (we used an iron skillet.).

Bake brie at 375º degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, until slightly puffed and warm.

Garnish with the fruit syrup mixture and fresh herbs.