Preparation / Directions:
Place Brie in freezer about 1/2 hour until very firm. Carefully cut into halves, horizontally; set aside. In small bowl, cream butter and garlic. Mix in walnuts, olives and basil and blend thoroughly. Spread evenly on cut side of one of the Brie halves. Top with the other half, cut side down. Press together lightly; wrap and chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Tip: To check ripeness of Brie, gently, but firmly press the wrapped cheese: Resilient or soft = ripe; Hard or firm = underripe.
Tip: Brie is overripe or has been mishandled when you can smell a strong ammonia odor or when the rind is dry and cracked.