Layered Blueberry Hazelnut Cheese Wheel

Perfect for a cozy night by the fire with a glass of wine, or as a delicious addition to your next cocktail party, this receipe is gluten free and courtesy of the BC Blueberry Council. www.bcblueberries.com

Ingredients:

5″ round – Brie, Camambert or any soft rind cheese

1-1/2 cups – Blueberries, fresh or frozen

1/4 cup – Red wine

2 tbsp – Balsamic vinegar

3 tbsp – Brown sugar

1 tbsp – Lemon zest

2 tsp – Lemon juice

1/4 tsp – Black pepper

1/8 tsp – Salt

Sprig – Fresh rosemary

1/2 cup – Hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped

Directions:

– Cut the cheese round in half horizontally. Place bottom half, cut side up on a serving platter. Set aside at room temperature with the top half of cheese.

– In a saucepan, bring the blueberries, red wine, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, pepper and salt to a boil.

– Simmer uncovered on medium heat for aproximately 20-30 minutes, until reduced to a thick compote.

– Add the whole rosemary sprig in the last 2 minutes of cooking, then remove.

– Spoon half the hot compote over the bottom half of cheese. Cover with the top half of cheese (cut side down) and top with remaining compote and hazelnuts.

– Serve with fresh fruit and crackers.