Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat.
Add almonds and saut until golden; remove from heat.
Place Brie in a small baking dish; season with salt and pepper. Top with toasted almonds.
Bake at 300 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until Brie is golden. Wrap bread in aluminum foil and warm in oven while Brie bakes.
Serve baked Brie with bread and fresh fruit.
BAKED BRIE IN PUFF PASTRY
WITH CRANBERRY CHUTNEY
(Makes: 12 Servings)
This elegant recipe always gets rave reviews!
The flavors combine deliciously
impressive presentation always wows guests.
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup hot pepper jelly
2 tablespoons Tequila
1 wheel (about 2 pounds) Brie cheese, rind intact
1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
To make the chutney, combine the cranberry sauce,
brown sugar, ginger and jelly in a small saucepot.
Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly,
for 5 minutes to blend flavors.
Remove the chutney from the heat and stir in the Tequila.
Allow the mixture to cool before using.
To assemble the baked brie, roll out the
puff pastry on a lightly floured surface just
to wrap the wheel of brie.
(You might not need to roll too much depending
on the size of your puff pastry sheet.)
Freeze the wheel of brie for 15 minutes before slicing.
Place the brie on a flat work surface and
slice the brie in half crosswise to form two circles.
Place the bottom half of the brie upside
down on the puff pastry sheet.
Top the cheese with 1 1/2 cups of the
cranberry chutney and spread evenly over the brie.
Place the other circle of brie, rind side up,
on top of the cranberry sauce.
Wrap the pastry up around the sides and over
the top of cheese wheel, wrapping completely
and pressing the edges of dough together
to form a tightly sealed package.
Carefully flip the dough-wrapped cheese over,
so that the gathered dough is on the bottom.
Place the package, seam side down,on a baking
sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
The brie can be prepared up to this point
and refrigerated for 2 days before
baking or frozen for up to 2 months.
Be sure to bring the brie to room temperature
before baking and thaw completely if frozen.
To bake the brie, preheat the oven to 375F.
Combine the egg and water and brush the mixture
over the top and sides of the pastry.
Bake the brie for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Serve with crackers or crusty French bread slices.
Garnishing is almost as important as the flavor of the food!
Create elegant yet simple garnishes by using fresh herbs, whole raw vegetables or fruits,
cucumbers or carrot curls, twisted citrus slices
(oranges & lemons) and non-toxic flowers.
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