Oh the weather outside is frightful, but a good holiday meal is delightful……ok, I might not know a lot about writing song lyrics, but I do know a lot about holiday meals, and anyone with taste buds will agree that the holidays offer us the opportunity to wow our friends and family with some of the best food of the year. Whether you are traditional, like to spice things up, or a little bit of both, you can’t go wrong with brie. Ever since the French Emperor Charlemagne first tasted brie at a monastery in Reuil-en-Brie and fell in love with it, brie has been one of the most popular dessert cheeses in the world.
So, if you have some leftover cranberry sauce (which I’m sure a lot of you do), some puff pastry in the freezer, can get your hands on some brie, and want to amaze your friends with a dessert that’s fit for an Emperor, then this recipe is for you. It’s simple to make and even simpler to eat.
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, pre-packaged
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon,
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp mace
1/2 cup cranberry sauce
1 (8 ounce) brie round
1 egg, beaten
Toasted baguette for service
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Defrost puff pastry for approximately 15 to 20 minutes and unfold.
- In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
- Toast the walnuts until golden brown in oven, approximately 3 minutes.
- Sprinkle nuts with cinnamon, nutmeg and mace.
- Spread cranberry sauce over the top of the brie.
- Top with walnuts
- Lay the puff pastry out on a flat surface.
- Place the brie in the center of the pastry.
- Brush the beaten egg over exposed pastry
- Gather up the edges of the brie, pressing around the brie and gather at the top.
- Fold in an overlapping manner clockwise around brie. Ensuring it is completely covered
- Place Brie on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes until pastry is golden brown.
- Serve with toasted baguette and enjoy