Brie En Croute or Puff Pastry Brie is an impressive yet easy to make appetizer.
The holidays are the perfect excuse to make this decadent appetizer, but honestly, any celebration is worth of this amazing Baked Brie.
What is Brie En Croute
Brie En Croute means "encrusted brie" because we are enclosing a wheel of brie in puff pastry sheets.
I like to use 2 sheets of pastry dough so the cheese is completely covered and baked to perfection.
You can use any kind of brie that you prefer but triple creme brie will yield the most buttery and decadent results.
I also like to use a double puff pastry so you can slice the brie and hold its shape pretty well, almost like a gooey pie.
Cherry pecan topping
For the topping you can use any jam or fruit spread that you like. I love the fig jam and brie combination.
But I wanted to create a fancier topping because of the holidays, so I decide to use chopped cherries with a brandy and pecan sauce to drizzle over the brie.
Feel free to leave the alcohol (brandy) out if you'd like. Replace it with one tablespoon of water and some vanilla extract for flavor.
This appetizer checks all the boxes for presentation, texture and flavor. It looks complicated to make but it is indeed very easy.
You can serve it with fruit slices; apples, green or red, are great. Also with crackers, crostini or even soft bread slices.
If you want to make this even more holiday themed, you can use a cranberry relish to top your brie. Nothing says holiday season like warm cheese and cranberries.
What goes well with Baked Brie?
You can top this Baked Brie with many things including fruits, jams, nuts.
I used dried cherries from Trader Joe's and chopped pecans. Feel free to substitute the cherries for dried cranberries and the pecans for pistachios or silvered almonds.
Brie En Croute (Puff Pastry Brie)
- 8 OZ Brie
- 2 Puff Pastry Sheets
- 2 Tablespoons Dried cherries Chopped
- 2 Tablespoons Pecans Chopped
- 2 Tablespoons Brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 Tablespoon milk
- 1 Tablespoon brandy Optional
- Make the egg wash by whisking the egg and milk.
- In a bowl mix the sugar, brandy, cherries and pecans.
- Place the brie in a puff pastry sheet, leave about a 1 inch border and brush egg wash around the Brie.
- Add the cherry and pecan mix on top and cover with the other puff pastry
- Cut in a circle, press the edges and brush the top with the remaining egg wash.
- Bake at 350 for about 18-20 minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown.
- Let it rest for 15-20 minutes and enjoy