For some time, I’ve wanted to try making Brie en Croûte which is basically a wheel of Brie with some sort of topping encased in puff pastry. It can be made with either a sweet or a savory topping. In honor of Thanksgiving, I decided to go with a sweet topping.
I started with Paula Deen’s recipe from Foodnetwork.com.
The ingredients for the Brie en Croûte included puff pastry sheet, unsalted butter, pecans, cinnamon, Brie, brown sugar, and egg.
Making the filling
First, I sautéed the chopped pecans in butter over medium heat in a saucepan for about 5 minutes. Then I added the cinnamon and stirred until the pecans were well coated.
Building the Brie en Croûte
On a lightly floured piece of parchment paper I carefully unfolded the puff pastry and rolled it into a rough 12-inch square. Then I cut the puff pastry into a rough circle, reserving the scraps for later use.
I unwrapped the Brie and removed the rind. I know that some people like the taste of the rind, but it tastes like mold to me!
I laid the Brie in the center of the puff pastry, then topped it with light brown sugar and sautéed pecans.
I carefully folded two opposite sides of the puff pastry to the top of the Brie and pinched the seam to seal it.
Then, I gathered the other two opposite sides, twisted them and tied them with some kitchen twine.
I cut out a couple of leaves with the puff pastry scraps, positioned them, and brushed the pastry with an egg wash.
Into a 400° F oven the Brie went for 20 minutes, until it was golden brown and the cheese was melted.
I let the Brie en Croûte cool for 20 minutes before cutting into it. I served it with crackers, grapes and apple slices. Oh my – is it good. Yum!
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Brie en Croûte (adapted from Paula Deen's Brie en Croute on foodnetwork.com)
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry thawed to room temperature
- 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 8 ounce wheel Brie
- ¼ cup loosely packed light brown sugar
- 1 egg beaten
- Crackers apples, grapes, etc., for serving
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Sauté the pecans in the butter until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the cinnamon and stir until the pecans are well coated. Set aside to cool.
- Carefully unfold puff pastry on a lightly floured piece of parchment paper. Roll to about a 12-inch square. Cut into a rough 12-inch circle, reserving the scraps of puff pastry.
- Remove the rind from the Brie, and place the wheel in the center of the puff pastry. Top with brown sugar and pecans. Fold opposite sides of the puff pastry to the top of the Brie, pressing to seal. Bring the remaining opposite sides to the top, pinching to form a knot. Tie with kitchen twine.
- If desired, cut out decorative pieces of puff pastry scraps and position on the puff pastry surrounding the Brie. Brush the beaten egg over the top and sides of the Brie. Carefully lift the Brie on the parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Bake at 400° F until golden brown. Remove from oven. Cool for 15 to 20 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers, apple slices, grapes, etc. Yield 6 servings.