Perfect-for-Parties Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Apricot Jam

This is a classic dish for any type of gathering, and one we always put out. Imagine a croissant filled with melted Brie cheese and sweet fruit and jam. That's what this dish is. It's a pull-apart appetizer that can be spread on toast points or eaten as is. It's one of those centerpiece starters that is the talk of the party. Puff pastry is a cook's friend. It's great for making quick pastries and even beef Wellington. We always keep a pack in the freezer.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 40 min (includes thawing and cooling times)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1 (8-ounce [224-g]) wheel of Brie

1 sheet puff pastry, frozen

3 tablespoons (60 g) apricot preserves

1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into small dice

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) milk

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Using a large chef's knife, cut the white rind off the top of the wheel of Brie and discard. Put the disk into the freezer and at the same time pull out the sheet of puff pastry. Allow the puff pastry to thaw until it is pliable but still cold, about 30 minutes.
  3. Roll the puff pastry to a 14-by-14-inch (35.5-by-35.5-cm) square. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut a 1/2-inch (1.3-cm) wide strip from one edge of the pastry. Transfer the dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place 1 tablespoon (20 g) of the preserves at the center of the pastry and then the frozen Brie wheel. Top with the apple and cinnamon, then dollop the remaining 2 tablespoons (40 g) of preserves on top. Gather the four corners of the dough, one at a time, across the Brie to enclose it completely. Tie a simple knot with the strip of dough to make a purse.
  4. Brush the entire top and sides of the purse with the egg wash. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. If at any point the pastry seems like it's melting or too soft, put it in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes before continuing. Make sure the pastry is well chilled before baking.
  5. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, turning the baking sheet halfway through, until the pastry is golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 8 to 10 minutes before serving warm. 

Cook’s Note

You can swap out the preserves and fruit to whatever you like or is in season. Some great combos are blueberries with strawberry preserves, or orange marmalade and raspberries. You are only limited by your imagination.

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