Yes, I am calling cranberry sauce layered between two wheels of brie a cake. Why? Because I can. And because it is just as good as any dessert cake out there. In a savory sense.
I take my cranberry sauce very seriously come Thanksgiving/Christmas. And I feel like in my recent years of gathering it has definitely been an afterthought on the holiday menu (and sometimes FORGOTTEN). To me it is a classic and should be mandatory but apparently I have learned that not everyone feels this way. Apparently I’m also still a little bitter.
So I decided I needed to spice things up a bit. Not only with the cranberry sauce but with its presentation. Teach an old dog new tricks, and believe it or not…. sometimes it sticks.
And let’s brie honest…. I am also kinda obsessed with melted cheese…………… who isn’t? Hot gooey baked melty cheesy goodness WITH cranberry sauce? Done. This post should end right here. I should stop typing.
But you aren’t getting off the hook THAT easily.
I also decided to pair this up with a delicious Pizza Bianca. Crisp on the outside with a very thin layer of chew on the inside. I didn’t want a hard cracker nor did I feel like a soft piece of bread would do to go with the warmed cranberry sauce and melted gooey cheese. For the Pizza Bianca I used Americas Test Kitchen recipe which you can find here. However if you do not have an account or don’t want to sign up for a free trial (you should!) you can try Serious Eats recipe which is VERY similar and I am sure tastes wonderful (click here).
The recipe below is very easy to follow however I must warn you that you probably will be leftover with a cup or more of cranberry sauce (if you’re the more peanut butter over jelly kind of person). If this is the case I recommend bringing the extra in a decorative bowl and serve with dinner! Or you can do what I did and freeze the extra for the next holiday party when you can bring the same dish because people will be asking you to 🙂
Also the spice below is still tolerable for smaller children, it just has a little bit of a kick. Add more cayenne if you are feeling extra bold!
Oh, yeah, I love everything about this recipe! That’s a cake I could eat all by myself. Thanks for sharing, Julia! 🙂
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