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.