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!).