Brie en Croute

I absolutely Brie cheese. It’s mild, creamy; one little bite of heaven after another. And so full of fat that just walking past the fridge adds five pounds to each thigh. So I never eat it. But this recipe looked too good to pass up, so I’m posting it, and maybe I’ll even try it one of these days, when I need something simple but fancy.

by Paula Deen, found at Food Network.

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, pre-packaged
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (8-ounce) wheel Brie
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Crackers, for serving

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Defrost puff pastry for approximately 15 to 20 minutes and unfold.

In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Saute the walnuts in the butter until golden brown, approximately 5 minutes. Add the cinnamon and stir until walnuts are coated well. Place the walnut mixture on top of the Brie and sprinkle the brown sugar over the mixture. Lay the puff pastry out on a flat surface. Place the brie in the center of the pastry. Gather up the edges of the pastry, pressing around the brie and gather at the top. Gently squeeze together the excess dough and tie together with a piece of kitchen twine. Brush the beaten egg over top and side of Brie. Place Brie on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes until pastry is golden brown.

Serve with crackers.

To give a special look, cut extra pastry into heart or flower shapes and bake until golden.

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3 Responses to Brie en Croute

  1. Joy says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. Have you seen the commercial for something similar to this using Betty Crocker crescent wraps? You just unroll it and put the brie in there and seal it up. But the idea of the butter and brown sugar makes it sound even better. I’d skip the nuts though. We are not nut eater if they’re in our food. Don’t ask. We all love nuts just not in anything. I thought they were raisins and thought that sounded interesting. I’ll be trying this. I wish I had some I could make right now.

    • Laura says:

      I generally leave nuts outta stuff, too. My silly mom…. both of my brothers and I consider it a mortal sin to put nuts in chocolate chip cookies, so, in an effort to keep us from stealing her cookies, she often puts nuts in them. Silly woman. Just because we don’t like nuts in them doesn’t mean we still won’t steal them!!!

      But I agree… I’d leave them out. I haven’t seen the BC recipe, but that was the first thing I thought of when I saw this recipe, was using the crescent dough. It would make it so easy. I should have bought some brie today. I could have made this for New Years.

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