Sunday, November 18, 2012

sunday yumday!

when my friend sarah asked me if i'd want to do a sunday yumday recipe together, i couldn't wait to make something delicious.  then she said she'd been wanting to try a baked brie recipe and immediately my tummy started growling and i've been counting down since that conversation for today.

i love brie.  i've only had it a few times, and mostly prepared in similar ways, but i think it's delicious and couldn't wait to make something with my friend sarah.

and, as a bonus, mike likes it too!  he was hesitant the first time trying it, but smother anything with enough honey and pecans and it suddenly becomes hard to resist.

so, today sarah and i used a combination of a few recipes (you can find our inspirations here, here, and here) to make a yummy sunday treat.

honey and maple baked brie with pecans

here's what you need:

1 wheel of brie
1 sheet puff pastry
1/4 c chopped pecans
2T maple syrup
2T honey
1T brown sugar
1T butter, melted

here's what you'll do:

first, you'll want to thaw out your sheet of puff pastry since they come frozen.  you'll want to allow yourself about 40 minutes for it to thaw.  just place it on a lightly floured surface and when it's soft enough unfold it.

once the puff pastry is ready to be worked with you should preheat the oven to 375 and you'll want to roll out the puff pastry a bit.  it comes in a square piece, so just roll it out so it expands by about an inch on each side, like the picture above.
while i worked on the puff pastry, sarah sliced the wheel of brie in half, so we were left with two rounds.

since the cheese and the pastry were ready to go, all we had to do was mix our sweet filling.  mix together the pecans, brown sugar, maple syrup, and honey until well combined.  i used dark brown sugar, but light would work fine as well.

once the sweet filling is all ready, just spoon a small amount in the middle of the puff pastry.

then put one of the brie rounds on top of the filling and then top that with the rest of the sweet filling and spread as needed.

then put the other brie round down.

and wrap it up with puff pastry!

we then flipped it over to place in a baking dish.  i used a pie plate.

then you brush the melted butter on it to encourage browning of the pastry.


now just bake for 15-25 minutes, or until the pastry is browned.

if you want, carefully remove the baked brie to serve on a dish that isn't fresh out of the oven.  i also opted to dump the extra buttery, sugary juices in the pie plate on top of the baked brie.  =)

then when you think it's cooled enough, take a slice right out of will be nice and ooey gooey!

we served it with sliced baguette, ritz crackers, and slices of apple.

i loved it with the apple slices!  the flavors were so delicious together, and the apple slice made a great vessel! =)  i love the tanginess of the brie with the sweetness of the filling and the tartness of the apple...just delish!

this would be a terrific appetizer to bring to thanksgiving dinner.  you could even change it up with the ingredients in the filling.  you could follow one of our inspirational recipes and use jam, or you could follow a more thanksgiving-y flavor with cranberries.  there are many delicious possibilities!

what are your plans for thanksgiving?  does your family have any traditions or recipes that are must-haves year after year?  do you have a great leftover recipe?  i'd love to get some input on some leftover ideas...just email me here to be featured on my kinda perfect! =)

thanks sarah for a fun day in the kitchen making a new favorite recipe!  i can't wait to make it again!

=) andrea

1 comment:

  1. i have made something similar before but with only a single layer of brie and brown sugar +pecans...i love your version much better and have to try it!


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