Sunday, December 18, 2005

Baked Brie

Here's a quick recipe that was a hit last night at our Christmas party. While I suspect any type of fruit spread could be used, I like apricot. Serve with crackers, sliced bread, or fruit.

1 wheel of brie
Frozen (and thawed) puff-pastry (Peppridge Farms works well)
Apricot Preserves
Crushed black pepper
Crushed pecans
1 egg

Place the wheel of brie in the center of the thawed puff pastry. Cover the brie with a good bit of freshly cracked black pepper. Mix 1/4 cup crushed pecans with 1/2 cup (or so) of the apricot preserves. Cover the top of cheese with preserve/nut mix. Fold the dough over to cover the cheese. (Now, please note: I used a HUGE wheel of brie for our party, so I had to use two sheets of pastry). Brush the outer dough with the beaten egg, sprinkle with some pecan bits for decoration, and bake at 400-degrees for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. ALLOW TO COOL before slicing (otherwise it oozes all over the place!).

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Grandma Kilbane's Spice Bread

Okay, I'm finally posting something new! This is one of the most delicious bread recipes I know of. It's not terribly tricky to make and it will make your kitchen smell wonderful. Special thanks to Mom and Uncle Marty for passing this recipe along - I'll be making tomorrow!

2 cups cold water
2 tsp. ground cloves
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. allspice
1 tsp.+ salt
1 cup of brown sugar
2 cups raisins
1/2 c walnuts
1/2 cup butter
Mix above ingredients together. Place in a saucepan; simmer 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
Mix with the above mixture:
2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups of flour
1 tsp. baking powder
Place whole mixture in two pans. Bake 1 hour @ 350 degrees