This is my baked brie nestled in pastry recipe! So yummy!
I’m not talking about the state, I’m talking about a dear departed relative! Virginia was Christopher’s mom’s cousin! When we lived in Maine, we used to visit Virginia because she lived in Kennebunkport, only a half hour away from us.
Virginia laughed easily, loved everybody and she was always a joy to be around. One of the things I love to think about is when we used to go to her house and help her make challah bread. It was the best challah bread I’ve ever had. I thought I had the recipe, but I don’t. I’ll have to get it from her kids!
Virginia, the Card Shark
Another memory of Virginia is that she had the best luck when she played games. She used to regale us with stories of how she would win at bingo and her weekly poker and bridge games! It’s a wonder that her friends still played with her.
Virginia introduced Christopher and I to a fun card game called 5 Crowns. It was uncanny how many times she won.
I’m not going to explain the game here, but she used to go out before anyone else got a chance to even pick up a card, which is very, very hard when you get to the later rounds.
But she did it!
But why mention Virginia when I talk about a brie cheese appetizer?
Because the first time I can remember having brie was at her house. Virginia served it baked and with apricot jam slathered on it!
On to the Baked Brie Nestled in Pastry
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Here are most of the ingredients for this wonderful baked brie appetizer! Brie, a sheet of puff pastry, an egg for the wash and plum jam. Now, you can use any jam, but Christopher and I are partial to this jam.
The puff pastry needs at least 40 minutes to defrost. Once it does, I lay it on a parchment paper covered jelly roll pan. Next, I unwrap the brie and place it in the middle of the puff pastry.
I take my knife and slather a bunch of plum jam on the brie.
Everything is Better with Nuts
Now, I take some pecans and place them on top of the plum jam.
Wrap it up
I then take edges of the puff pastry and wrap the brie into it.
Next, I crack the egg in a bowl and whisk it until it is scrambled. I ask Christopher to take my handy pastry brush and start brushing the egg wash over the pastry.
Time to pop the brie in the oven. I bake it for 30 minutes. Remember, your bake time may vary. Check the baked brie after 20 minutes. I like the pastry to be browned.
I gather maple syrup, more pecans and some crackers!
I sprinkle the pecans on the baked brie.
I call for Christopher so he can be my hand model once again. He is so good at it.
Maple Syrup Time
Christopher dribbles some maple syrup over the baked brie.
“More,” I yell!
He continues to pour maple syrup on the brie until we’re both happy!
It’s a Party
Christopher cuts the brie in half and separates it a little so we can see all the melted goodness.
Yes, this chick is drooling. It’s a little embarrassing but I have to take more photos of the baked brie. Why? Because it’s baked brie. BAKED BRIE, I tell you!!
I took all these photos in a 5 minute time frame. Look at how it melts so nicely and quickly!
Christopher got a cracker and slathered some on it.
It didn’t satisfy him, so he got a fork and put some baked brie nestled in pastry on it.
And there we have it. Appetizers for everyone! Everyone = Christopher and I.
Aren’t we the lucky ones?
I hope you enjoyed this recipe.
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Yields 1 wheel of brie
A delicious and pretty appetizer for everyone to enjoy
5 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
35 minTotal Time
- Sheet of puff pastry, defrosted
- Small wheel of brie
- Plum jam (or any jam you like)
- Maple syrup
- More pecans
- Preheat oven to 375 F
- Cover a small jelly roll pan with parchment paper
- Lay puff pastry on the jelly roll pan
- Unwrap wheel of brie and place it in the middle of the pastry
- Slather jam on brie
- Place lots of pecans on jam
- Pull ends of pastry up over the brie and seal it as best you can
- Crack egg in bowl and whisk until combined
- Take a pastry brush and paint the egg on the pastry
- Pop in the oven and bake for 25 - 30 minutes
- Place brie on serving dish and sprinkle more pecans on top
- Pour as much maple syrup as you like on brie
- Gather crackers or bread for the brie
- Cut baked brie in half and watch it ooze
- Take crackers and dip it in brie
- You can also take a fork and eat it all
I didn't add the time it takes to defrost the puff pastry, which would add 30 - 40 minutes.