This Baked Brie recipe appetizer uses a puff pastry dough to wrap the cheese and is sure to be a crowd pleaser and add an elegant touch to your occasion.
This Baked Brie recipe is an elegant cheese appetizer that adds a bit of luxury to any spread of appetizers. While it may seem a bit intimidating to make yourself, you’ll be surprised how easy it actually is to bake and prepare and serve to your party guests.
Basic Recipe for Baked Brie
Here is a very basic recipe for Baked Brie in a puff pastry crust and below we’ll give you some ideas for different variations and serving suggestions that are widely popular and unique.
You will need:
1 Round Wheel of Brie Cheese
2 Sheets of Refrigerated Puffed Pastry Dough (You can also optionally use refrigerated crescent rolls or pie shells)
1 Egg, beaten
Roll out one sheet of puff pastry dough and place wheel of cheese on top. Place second sheet of dough on top and cut any excess trimmings of dough off and save for decoration. Use a basting brush to spread the beaten egg on top of the dough. Bake in the oven preheated to 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until crust is a golden brown.
Serve with raspberry jam, apple slices, pear slices, or pita triangles.
Additional Ideas and Variations
There are so many possibilities to make with puff pastry baked Brie. You can add just about anything in the center of the cheese or on top beneath the dough, from savory jams, cranberry sauce, dried fruits, and chopped nuts.
To Place Ingredients in the Center of the Cheese:
If you want to add dried fruit or nuts to the center of the cheese, it is very easy to do. Simply slice the cheese halfway lengthwise to make two large circles. This can be done with a large knife or you can also use a piece of strong thread or even dental floss, which may be easier depending on the size of the wheel. Place one of the circles on top of the rolled out pastry dough and then spread raspberry jam, dried fruits such as cranberry and apricots, or nuts in the middle. Then place the second wheel of cheese on top and push down as hard as you can without smashing it entirely. Then cover with the top crust layer of the pastry puff dough and bake as directed for 10-15 minutes in a 375 degree oven or until the dough is a golden brown color.
To Place Ingredients on Top:
Follow above directions for basic baked brie and then before placing the top shell spread jam, nuts, or maple syrup in a thin layer on top of the cheese. Bake as directed.
Brie should be served hot and with crackers or flat-bread or pita wedges. Be sure when serving that you have a couple of spreading knives. You can optionally garnish with parsley or fruit wedges such as apples, pears, or dried cranberries and apricots. Apricot, fig, and raspberry jam also all make nice accompaniments to this popular and delicious crowd pleasing elegant appetizer, perfect for all occasions.
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