Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014 – Baked Brie with Apricots & Almonds


My mom normally makes baked brie for Thanksgiving, but since her oven was occupied with the turkey on Thanksgiving, she asked that I make it at my place.  The puff pastry came in a 2-pack, so I used the extra to make a decorative lattice crust on top. 

It’s actually pretty easy to make, but you can impress your friends and family with a fancy looking dish! 

Baked Brie with Apricots & Almonds

  • 1 large wheel brie cheese (I used a 28.2 ounce size)
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 1 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 cup apricot jam
  • 1 egg

1.  Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  While it’s heating up, toast your almonds until slightly browned (keeping an eye on them so they don’t burn).

2. Spray your cooking dish and spread out the first sheet of puff pastry.  Place the brie on top, then spread the jam on top, and sprinkle with dried apricots and almonds.

3. Wrap the sides of the pastry around the brie wheel.  Cut your other sheet into long, even strips. 

4. To make your lattice crust, lay half the strips across the brie vertically.  Fold back every other strip, and then place another strip going across horizontally, perpendicular to the others. 

5. Unfold the strips and fold back the opposite ones this time.  Lay another strip horizontally.  Keep repeating the process until you have a lattice top (the photo below from Gimme Some Oven explains it in more detail).

5. Tuck the ends of the lattuce under.  Whisk one egg with 1 T water, then brush the egg wash over the top of the puff pastry.

6. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve with crackers, apple slices, or anything you like dipping in cheese! 

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