Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holiday Baked Brie

A delicious appetizer contribution to our big family Thanksgiving! I found this recipe in my Cooking Light Holiday Recipe Special magazine and made a few changes after seeing a few other versions of this on other sites - here is my version of a wonderful baked brie that you can take to holiday parties this season!

Grocery List:
  • 1 large sheet of puff pastry dough or 1 tube of refrigerated seamless crescent dinner rolls
  • 1 round of Brie cheese (do not remove rind)
  • 1/2 cup raspberry preserves, or other sweet jam (another recipe used apricot)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, softened
  • Toasted almond slivers (optional)
  • Brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.

On a stick-free cookie sheet, spread flour and lay out the puff pastry or the crescent rolls flat.

Next, spread the preserves on the middle of the pastry, leaving about 2 inches from each side.

To soften the cranberries, put them in a bowl with 1/4 cup of water and microwave for 45 seconds - 1 minutes, then drain water. Place the cranberries over the preserves.

Now, place the brie on top and fold up the edges of the dough, cutting off excess, or leaving it on.

I flipped the brie over at this point and drizzled 1/4 cup of maple syrup over it, followed by crumbling brown sugar over the pastry.

Now, put in the oven for 25 minutes, until pastry is golden brown. Take out of the oven and enjoy with crackers! We put it back in the oven when reaching my aunt and uncle's just to get it nice and hot again. We forgot to set the timer and the top got a little too brown, but it was still wonderful! This picture was taken when it was halfway demolished.

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