Brie in Puffed Pastry
This is a very simple dish to serve as an appetizer or dessert.
1 whole Brie ( I used a 19.6 oz. round)
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry thawed
1/2- 1 cup chopped toasted nuts (pecans or walnuts)
1/2- 1 cup jam/preserves of your choice (I used a chipotle raspberry)
1 egg beaten with 1 Tbsp. water.
1 sheet of parchment paper
Bread or crackers to serve with the Brie.
Roll thawed sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to approx. 12-14 inches square. Spread chopped nuts in circle in center of pastry. Top the nuts with the jam/preserves. Place brie circle centered on the jam. At this stage you can use some of the pastry to cut out a decoration for the top. Fold up the edges of the pastry to cover the brie completely. Flip the Brie wrapped in pastry over. Add decoration if you like. Place the Brie on parchment lined baking sheet. Brush the pastry with beaten egg mixture. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
Note: I prefer to scrape off some of the rind especially from the top where the jam and nuts will rest. I like the idea of the jam permeating the brie easier in the baking process. Although I didn’t have red grapes when I prepared my Brie but it would be a very nice accompaniment.