Baked Brie


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Baked Brie can sound incredibly fancy, and maybe even intimidating. It is actually REAL easy to make. I love to make baked brie this time if the year, to bring to parties as an appetizer. The presentation is beautiful and results are delish, making this a go-to for entertaining.

Brie pairs well with fruit, so you have tons of great option as a filling inside your puff pastry shell. I fill mine with cranberry and candied walnuts. But here is my big secret. On Thanksgiving, I make a double batch of my cranberry sauce. I freeze half of it, in small containers. So when Christmas and New Years Eve parties roll around, I just pop a container of delicious homemade cranberry sauce out of the freezer, and use it as my baked brie filling! How insanely easy is that!?

Ingredients

1. 1 round of Brie cheese

2. 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed on the counter for about 30 minutes

3. Cranberry sauce or fruit filling of your choice

4. Candied walnuts

5. 1 Egg yolk

 

Recipe

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

3. Place the sheet of puff pastry on the parchment paper, and using a rolling pin give the puff pastry a few rolls, to smooth it out.

4. Place the brie in the center of the rolled out puff pastry.

5. Top the brie with the fruit, and add the nuts on top of that.

6. Gently fold the corner of the dough up around the brie and fruit, like you would wrapping a gift.  This will form a little bundle.

7. Using a pastry brush, brush the top of the puff pastry with the egg yolk. This will help to seal the dough together and  give the pastry a golden brown color in the oven.

8. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden.

If you have an extra dough, you can top the brie with a little design. I made mine into holly leaves and berries to make it look festive. Once the brie has baked, serve it with water crackers. Once you cut into this delicious, bundle of pastry the gooey, cheesy center will ooze right out!