The delicate and renowned Brie from France is a creamy, soft cheese made from cow’s milk. It is similar to Camembert and both are easily spotted due to their signature white rind and round shape. Brie has a long history in France and is considered to be one of the top cheeses the country produces.
The creamy and soft flavor of the cheese makes it a desirable choice for baking and serving as an appetizer. It is a popular menu item at many restaurants and is often seen at wine pairing parties as the flavor of this creamy cheese does not overpower most wines.
Most people think making baked brie at home is difficult; however, it is quite simple. Here is a quick recipe to make your own baked brie at home and a personal favorite to enjoy when having guests over.
– Wheel of Brie Cheese (size depends on how many people you are serving)
– Raspberry preserves
– Slivered Almonds
– Puff Pastry Sheet
– Egg White
– Fresh Raspberries (garnish)
– Crackers or other little breads to serve the cheese with
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cut the brie wheel in half — horizontally so that you have two round wheels with a rind on each side.
3. Take some of the raspberry preserves and smear on the cheese side of one of the rounds. Cover it completely, but do not pile on too high otherwise it will all spill out during baking.
4. Coat evenly with slivered almonds.
5. Put the other half of the Brie wheel back on so it basically looks like the original wheel of cheese (both rind sides out).
6. Depending on the size of your puff pastry sheet, you may need to roll it out on some flour to ensure it covers the brie wheel completely.
7. Set the Brie wheel in the center of the puff pastry dough.
8. Gently pull the sides of the puff pastry up and around the Brie wheel, being careful as not to squish the center contents out.
9. Gather the ends of the puff pastry at the top.
10. Brush with egg whites and place in lightly greased pie pan or other oven safe dish.
11. Bake for 25-40 minutes until the puff pastry is flaky and golden brown.
12. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and top with fresh raspberries and more slivered almonds.
This is a super easy recipe and can be substituted with other fillings and types of nuts, depending on your preference and potential allergies. Some recommended substitutions include blackberry jam with Marcona almonds or pecans and fig spread.