Baked Brie with Almonds

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

1/2 (17.5 ounces) package frozen puff pastry, thawed

All-purpose flour, for dusting 

One 8-ounce brie round 

1 large egg 

1 teaspoon water 

1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter 

1/4 cup sliced almonds (skins-on) 

2 to 4 large Granny Smith apples, or your favorite fruit 

1 lemon, juiced 

1 French baguette 

Fresh thyme sprigs 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the pastry sheet on a lightly floured work surface and starting from the center of the dough, roll it out into a 10-inch square. Place the brie round in the center of the dough. Fold the dough up and over the cheese, pleating the dough to enclose like a packet or purse. Trim the dough, if needed. Flip the packet over, and place on the prepared baking sheet.  
  3. Whisk together the egg and water; brush the brie packet with the egg mix. 
  4. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes. 
  5. Meanwhile, add the butter to a small saute pan set over medium heat. Swirl and cook until brown and the butter smells nutty, 4 to 6 minutes. Lower the heat, add the almonds and gently swirl the pan to coat with the butter and cook until the almonds are golden, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and place in a bowl so they stop cooking. 
  6. Slice the apples and place them in a large bowl filled with water and the lemon juice.   
  7. Remove the brie from the oven, place it on a serving board using a spatula and allow it to cool for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, dry the apple slices, slice the baguette on a bias and place them on the board. 
  8. Pour the almonds over the brie and sprinkle with the thyme. You can also drizzle a little bit of the buttery almonds over the baguette slices. Cool about 3 minutes and serve with the fresh apple slices and sliced baguette.  
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