Monday, December 29, 2008

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

{recipe from Martha Stewart -- photo from Amy S.}

one sheet of frozen puff pastry dough
one round of brie (I got it at Costco)
1/2 - 1 cup of chopped pecans
1/2 - 1 cup of brown sugar
egg yolk

Thaw puff pastry sheet. Roll it out to a larger, thinner rectangle. Cut out two circles that are bigger than your brie. Place the cheese on one circle of dough and pull up around the sides of the cheese. Top with as much brown sugar and pecans as you can manage to pile on. Cover the entire thing with the other circle of pastry, pinching the two circles of dough together. Use the scraps of dough, if desired, to decorate the top -- adhere with an egg wash and brush top of pastry as well. (In the past I have done leaves. This time I used my new teeny tiny alphabet cookie cutters -- thanks, Mom! -- to spell out Happy New Year.)

Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes, then at 350 degrees for 20 minutes more. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve with crusty bread and tart apples.

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