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Fromager d’Affinois with Cinnamon-Sage Apples and Umami Pecans

Fromager d’Affinois with Cinnamon-Sage Apples and Umami Pecans

This cozy, flavor-loaded appetizer is a true crowd pleaser—serve it at your next cocktail party and no one will miss the baked brie.


  • Dash paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon plus more to taste
  • ½ egg white
  • 2 ounces pecans
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons plus ¼ teaspoon brown sugar divided
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 apples peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 6 to 7 ounces Fromager d’Affinois
  • Crackers or bread for serving


  • ►Heat oven to 300°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, cayenne, and a dash of cinnamon with egg white in a medium bowl and stir well with a fork. Add pecans and toss until evenly coated. Spread pecans on prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Set aside to cool. Leave oven on.
  • ►Combine olive oil and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once butter has melted, add brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, lemon juice, and ¼ cup water, stirring well. Cook until consistency is thick but still fluid, like a loose caramel. Add sliced apples and sage. Toss mixture until apples are evenly coated.
  • ►Bake Fromager d’Affinois until it begins to ooze, just a few minutes. Top with apple mixture and pecans and serve with crackers or bread.
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