Brie in Puff Pastry with Cranberry Sauce

Crimson cranberries provide a little tartness to mellow Brie cheese encased in flaky puff pastry.

Yield

12 servings (1/4 cup cheese mixture and 2 crackers each)

Cranberry Sauce Ingredients

1 cup fresh cranberries
6 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon orange juice
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel

Brie and Pastry Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from 17.3 ounce package), thawed
1 (14 to 15 ounce) round Brie cheese
1 egg, beaten
assorted crackers or sliced fresh fruit

Directions

In 1-quart saucepan, mix cranberries, brown sugar and orange juice. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens and cranberries are tender. Stir in orange peel; remove from heat.

In 8-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Cook almonds in butter, stirring frequently, until golden brown; remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. On lightly floured surface, roll pastry into 16 x 9-inch rectangle. Cut out one 8 1/2-inch circle and one 7-inch circle from pastry.

Place cheese round on center of large circle. Spoon cranberry sauce and almonds over cheese. Bring pastry up and press around side of cheese. Brush top edge of pastry with egg. Place 7-inch circle on top, pressing around edge to seal. Brush top and side of pastry with egg. Cut decorations from remaining pastry and arrange on top; brush with egg. Place on baking sheet.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet on wire cooling rack 1 hour before serving. Serve with crackers.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour

Additional Information

Tightly wrap and refrigerate the unbaked pastry-covered cheese for up to 6 hours. Bake just before serving.

Serve on a pedestal cake plate to add height to your buffet.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Serving): Calories 310 (Calories from Fat 180), Total Fat 20 g (Saturated Fat 9 g, Trans Fat 1 g), Cholesterol 75 mg; Sodium 310 mg; Total Carbohydrate 22 g (Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars 8 g), Protein 10 g; Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 1 1/2

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