Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

In this sugar free gluten free wheat free world of ours it is important to dip into the world of high carb high fat high taste goodness every once in a while. As my father would say “butter is one of the good things in life”, and this recipe is chock full of good things. Easy yet impressive, it is a must at any gathering. People will fight over the scraps of this, the true mark of crowd pleaser.

1 round of Brie

1 package of puff pastry, thawed (or if you have home made, good for you!)

1 cup raspberries

1.5 tablespoons of raspberry jam or compote

1  egg, beaten with 2 teaspoons water for egg wash

On floured surface work 1 square of pastry into a rough circle, then place brie in center. Top with raspberries and then jam (you can use any fruit, or make it a savory dish instead with caramelized onions and roasted garlic). Set on a baking sheet or dish. On your floured surface use your hands to make a circle the same thickness as the last one. Cut the circle to the same size as the brie (or a little larger). Place small circle on top of the jam/fruit mix and then bring sides of pastry up and attach to the top using egg wash. Paint top with egg wash (NOT sides though). Use remaining dough to make a flower, grapes (like I did as you can see in my photo), a maple leaf, mistletoe, a heart, or whatever and attach to top. Brush your little top piece with egg wash and bake at 400f  for 20-25 min, until nicely browned.

Serve with little toasted baguette pieces, crackers, or my favourite, ACE bakery crisps.