Brie en Croute

Baked Brie Cheese

When I am invited to a party and ask the hostess what I can bring, inevitably she will ask me for that “Brie Thing” I make.

Now what exactly is that Brie Thing? Well let me tell you, it is the easiest recipe you will ever find anywhere, it tastes great, looks incredible and people will be clamoring for more! One of my nieces even won a University Cook Off, her Grad House was hosting.

This recipe is so easy that it doesn’t really require more than a list of ingredients, no measuring is involved! You can “eyeball” the whole recipe and not make a mess of it! How does that sound? Can we all say “Easy Peasy” and it looks like you spent a long time making it! In fact the longest part of the whole operation is the time it spends in the oven!

So let’s get on with the recipe, you can’t make a lens that’s longer than the time it takes to make this, so here goes!

I have had many people ask me what Pam is and what Craisins are!

It did not occur to me that people would not have access to these products, so I apologize and offer you this explanation:

PAM is an aerosol product that puts a thin coating of oil on your baking dishes or pans, it keeps food from sticking and makes clean up much easier. If you can’t get this product, then just use a light coating of oil on your dish.

CRAISINS are dried cranberries, they look like raisins, but are red in color. With this dish, you are not limited to using craisins, you can in fact use any dried fruit that you like! Try it with apricots, it is amazing as well!!!

  • Serves: lots at a party
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Ingredients

  • Brie Cheese wheel about 8 inches in diameter.
  • Frozen Puff Pastry or Phylo Pastry Sheets
  • Slivered Almonds or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup (more or less) Cherry Brandy
  • 1 cup (more or less) Craisins
  • Pam (I use the buttery flavored)

Instructions

  1. If you use Frozen Puff Pastry, thaw dough and roll out to at least 2" wider than your wheel of Brie cheese is.
  2. If you use Phylo Pastry, take out at least 8-10 sheets and spray Pam lightly between all the sheets, laying one on top of the other. Refreeze whatever you have extra (I guarantee you will be making more of these)!
  3. Place your pastry into a baking dish, I use a pie plate usually, because, the Brie I buy is as large as the bottom of a 9 inch pie plate.
  4. Now take the Brie Cheese Wheel out of it's wrapper. Place it on the counter, and with a sharp tined fork, job at the Cheese all over, making holes in the top. If you want to get creative, you can choose to make this in a pattern, but it is not necessary. What is necessary is that this jabbing of the cheese goes deep into the top and not so much out the bottom.
  5. Place the Brie cheese into the prepared pastry and then add 1/2 cup of a sweet liquor on top. Cover the top with slivered almonds or walnuts, craisins and then tuck the extra pastry around the edge of the cheese. If you have left over pastry, you can use a cookie cutter and make some puff pastry cut outs for the top of the cheese, but that is not necessary.
  6. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour until the cheese is bubbling hot. The aroma while this is baking is to die for and when it comes out of the oven, it is golden and smells divine.
  7. Now just dig in and enjoy. Don't forget to bring some very hard crackers or Melba Toast Rounds to go with this dish.

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Comments


Have you ever made a Baked Brie? There are so many options to making this type of dish. Mine is so easy that it can be put together in very short order.



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