Sunday, July 17, 2011

Playing Martha Stewart at Wegmans

Yesterday I headed to Wegmans supermarket to buy some items to make a tapas appetizer display to take to a party, but I left with a completely new idea. Wegmans is a constant source of inspiration and a delight for the senses. Plus, I really like the idea of creating new things ~ I feel like Martha Stewart.

While I was perusing the cheese department, I noticed some cheese tortes on display. The craisin currant walnut topped Brie looked delicious, but it cost $19.99 a pound. So I naively thought to myself that the cheese torte couldn’t weigh that much. Little did I know that the torte weighed in at 3 pounds. No way was I going to pay $60 for a glamorous cheese ball!

 


So I decided to investigate the cheese department a little bit more carefully with hopes of re-creating this masterpiece on my own. The search for ingredients was fairly easy and the end result was amazing.

Here’s what I used to make my Craisin Walnut Caramel topped Brie.
~ Soft Blue Brie cheese
~ Mascarpone cheese
~ Craisins
~ Chopped Walnuts
~ Caramel sauce (not pictured)


Prepare the cheese torte with ingredients that are room temperature for best results.  First, split the circle of Brie in half like a 2 layer cake. Then, fill the center of the 2 layers with craisins and walnuts. Drizzle a little bit of caramel on this filling.


Spread the Mascarpone cheese on the top and sides of the cheese torte.  I love this step!  Doesn't it look like icing on a cake



Add walnuts to the top and sides of the torte and adorn with craisins. At this point, you may want to mold the torte back into shape and press the other ingredients into the cheese.  Wax paper makes this easy.  Place the torte back into the refrigerator until about 30 minutes before serving. 



Drizzle with caramel sauce to finish the torte and serve with bread or crackers.  The Walnut Craisin Caramel torte was a huge hit at yesterday's party.  And the best part was that it only cost around $14 to make. 


xoxo

10 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Thanks for being so investigative and for sharing!

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  2. This is the 3rd awesome recipe I have collected this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. That looks great!! I am a huge fan of Brie. I am going to have to attempt this masterpiece one day.

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  4. Very impressive...good job !
    It does look like a little cake after you "frosted" it - lol

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  5. such a lovely idea!!!
    Ill have to try it! =]

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  6. This is such a beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Thank you for channeling Martha! This will be added to my holiday menu! My family is going to LOVE this! I'll give you all the credit ;-). XOXO

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  9. Wow, we are blushing! We are so thrilled that we are a source of your inspiration! Thanks for the mention and for sharing this fantastic recipe idea, Bethany, it is so creative! Glad you enjoyed!

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  10. Now, I'm the one who is blushing! The new Wegmans opening close to me has been one of the highlights of my summer. Thanks for your kind comment!!

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