Creamy brie coated in cranberry sauce, wrapped in puff pastry & baked till its golden brown on the outside, and melted and gooey on the inside. This Baked Brie in Puff Pastry is one of the easiest and tastiest vegetarian appetizer recipes, that is sure to impress your guests.
Thaw a store-bought frozen puff pastry sheet, in the refrigerator overnight. That helps it thaw gradually. Unroll and lay it flat on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Spread 1/4-1/3 cup fruit spread ( I use cranberry sauce). Place the brie wheel on top. Top with another 1/4-1/3 cup of fruit spread.
Beat the egg with a little water to make egg wash. Brush the puff pastry around the brie with egg wash.
Fold the pastry sheet corners over the brie, just like you would wrap a present. Gently press down on all sides to ensure it is sealed.
Brush egg wash on and around the top. Using another parchment paper, invert the wheel so the smooth side is facing up. Brush with egg wash and bake at 400°F for about 30-35 mins, or till golden brown. (time varies per oven)
Rest the brie wheel for 5-10 minutes. If you want a more lava-like cheese texture, then 5 minutes should be enough. But for a firmer texture, wait 10 minutes.
Picking Brie: An 8 oz size wheel is ideal for this recipe, but a 10 oz will work as well. Pick a good brand, but not necessarily the most expensive brie. Remember, we're going to flavor it with fruit, then cover it in puff pastry. It will taste phenomenal no matter what.
Puff Pastry: Store-bought puff pastry works beautifully here. But if you really want to make it from scratch, make it a day ahead, or give it enough time to rest and chill.
Use Frozen Puff Pastry: Thaw it out overnight in the refrigerator and keep it in the coolest
Using Cranberry sauce: I love using my homemade chunky cranberry sauce. Store-bought is fine too as long as it's not runny. I would not recommend using the canned sauce here. Any other fruit spread will work just as well.
Substitute for Egg Wash: You can skip the egg wash and melt 1 tbsp butter + 2 tsp milk and brush the pastry with that instead.
To Make ahead: Assemble and wrap the brie in pastry and refrigerate for up to a day before serving. Brush with egg wash just before baking.
How Long Does the Cheese Stay Gooey: That really depends on the weather. Best case, the cheese will stay gooey for 15ish minutes, like dip-and-pull consistency, after that you can re-heat it.
To Re-Heat: Simply pot it in the microwave for 2 mins.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates. If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.