It’s the holiday season and we are in full swing for a Christmas that will just be the best one ever. Who doesn’t love all the food and friends, the excited chatter and family rekindling old times as the new times are happening. It is the best part of the whole “Christmas Scene”.
The other best part is all the food that is brought by friends and family to share. Food has to be one of the best ways of telling people that you love them. After all, when you feed someone, you know that they will live to enjoy your offerings. No one has a party without making sure that there is food and drink for their guests and friends. It is probably the most organized part of a party besides the guest list.
To that end, I have been making something called a Baked Brie Wheel that is brought to every party. Not because it is the only thing I know how to make, but because once you have tried it, you will want me to make it again and again.
My niece after one of these family “parties” called me to ask for the recipe. Seems she was entered into a college cooking contest. I swore her to secrecy, when I gave her the recipe. She could not believe that it had only a few ingredients and tasted like it was out of this world. Again I made her promise not to tell anyone how easy this was to pull off and she gladly agreed. By the way, she won the cooking contest and everyone was gushing over her rendition of my Baked Brie.
So without further ado, let’s get on with this no-fail recipe:
You will need one package of frozen Puff Pastry and one wheel of Brie Cheese. I purchase mine at Costco, it’s about 2 kilograms of brie. You will also need some Liquor, some nuts or some fruits and an oven for about 1 hour.
Roll out the dough to a size that is 3 inches wider than your brie wheel. Place the dough into a greased dish, then take the Brie Wheel and a fork, gently (or not so gently) attack the Brie Wheel with the fork making lots and lots of holes in the upper crust of the cheese with the tines of the fork.
Now place the brie wheel onto the pastry in the dish and bring up the sides of the pastry to form a nice crust edge.
Now take the liquor( I like to use cherry brandy, or peach schnapps, a nice port, or some other liquor and then pour 1/2 cup over top of the Brie Wheel.
Add some nuts on top and some dried fruit, like raisins or Craisins, chopped figs or dates any fruit that you like.
Pop the whole thing into the oven and bake at 350 degrees till the pastry around the Brie is nicely golden or light brown. It will take about 1 hour depending on your oven. You can dress it up by making cut outs of the extra pastry or leave an opening in the middle, the choice is yours.
That is all there is to it and guess what? Depending on your taste preferences it will be different each time you make it. Get ready to be asked at least once or twice more to make that great Baked Brie! It is to die for … brie en croute
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