|Wheel of brie||1, small (6 – 8 inches), chilled|
|Dried cranberries||1/4 cup|
|Chopped walnuts||1/4 cup|
|Frozen puff pastry||1 sheet, thawed|
20 minutes to prepare, 1 hour and 20 minutes to cook, ready in 1 hour and 40 minutes
This great recipe combines two of the best things associated with Christmas eating: cheese and cranberries. This has been categorized under lunch, but it would also make a great appetizer.
Step 1: Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2: Cut the brie in half. There is a proper way to do this, outlined in the next step, but if you just go through it with a good sharp knife, and nobody is watching who can judge you, that’s OK too.
Step 3: Score right around the side of the wheel of brie, cutting through the rind. Take a long piece of string – dental floss could work too, but probably not the flavored stuff – and wrap it around the cut you’ve just made. Loop the ends of the string over each other, pull them in opposite directions, and it’ll cleanly cut your cheese.
Step 4: Put the cranberries on the inside of one of your brie halves, and the walnuts on the other side.
Step 5: Press the halves together, and shove in any stray cranberries or walnuts.
Step 6: Roll out the puff pastry onto a floury surface, until it’s about 1/8 of an inch thick.
Step 7: Put the brie in the middle of the pastry, and gently lift up the edges to make sure you have enough dough to cover the brie. You can cut away any excess.
Step 8: Beat the egg and water, and use it as a wash to brush the pastry with.
Step 9: Fold one edge over the brie, and then the other, to completely encase it.
Step 10: Flip your creation over so that the joint is on the bottom. Then press it so everything is snug together.
Step 11: Brush it over with your egg wash.
Step 12: Put the brie in your freezer for one hour.
Step 13: Place the brie on the baking sheet you prepared in step 1, and put it in the middle your preheated oven for about 20 minutes. The pastry should be browned, and the cheese should be leaking out through it.
It looks lengthy, and messing with the pastry makes it a little bit fiddly, but it really is a great, festive recipe. If you’re expecting visitors, that one hour in the freezer will let you catch a break to get other stuff prepared before they arrive.