brie en croute with caramel and walnuts

(I also threw in some dried cranberries)

  • 1 8 oz. round brie cheese
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts (I forgot to toast the walnuts…and it was still delicious)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries (optional)
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 Tbsp of water

Thaw out the puff pastry dough according to package instructions. When thawed, put on lightly floured surface, unfold the dough, and roll it out. It should be about two inches longer and wider, both.

Cut brie in half horizontally. Put the bottom half in the center of the puff pastry.

Spread brown sugar, walnuts, and cranberries on the brie half, and place the other brie half on top.

Trim the pastry dough so that there is a 4-inch border around the brie.

Brush edges of pastry with the egg wash and fold pastry around the brie, pressing the edges together at the top.

If you want, cut shapes into the excess pastry dough and use them to decorate the outside of the brie.

Brush egg wash over the outside of the pastry.

Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 400 F for 20 minutes, or until pastry is golden.

Serve warm with crackers and pear slices.

The rest of these pictures are from the engagement party Sarah and I threw for Richard and Bre on Saturday night. We decided to go with a very simple, but oh so elegant, spread of various cheeses and carbohydrate media with which to eat the cheese, a fruit platter, and red velvet cupcakes.

The reddish glob at the bottom of this picture is actually delicious and very simple. Just take an 8 oz. pkg. of cream cheese and cover it in the pepper jelly of your choice. I prefer medium heat, as opposed to mild, since the dairy of the cheese tempers the heat of the peppers.

16 thoughts on “brie en croute with caramel and walnuts

  1. Why must you insist on always making me drool?! This spread looks fantastic. It give me great ideas for a bridal shower I have to throw next month.

  2. Ok, so I just commented, but I went back to watch your Mika video. . . . ugh! I so badly wish they were coming here. I need to look them up. Grace Kelly, Lollipop, and Big Girls are all on my Shuffle, and I love them! At least someone I know got to be there to enjoy it, right?

  3. Your food is all so pretty, and I know I am a post late, but I can’t believe you went to MIKA!!!! I would have loved to have gone!

  4. Michelle – I think I would love pecans, too. k – The jelly is delicious! I prefer it with wheat thins, but I think chips might be yummy.Lucy – Yes, not everyday food at all.Veeda – Thanks!

  5. It all looks delish, but suspiciously not good for me. But, obviously, fabulous for a party. I’ll save idea for future party mode, and not for my regular diet, yes?

  6. It was all so yummy! Thanks again for the party. I’m going to have to keep that recipe for the future. You are truly amazing.

  7. i love the brie thingy – although mine always come out looking funny.i have salsa over cream cheese at the super bowl, and the girl who made it mentioned pepper jelly as well. next time i have a party, i am going to serve it!

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