This is a fancy food that is not so hard to make. I used to serve this when i waitressed at fancy parties and now I serve it in my home. You can prepare this ahead to make life easy.
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- add 2 teaspoons apricot preserves or peach preserves
- add 1 package brie round
- add 1 tablespoon butter
- add 1/4 cup almonds
- add 1 dash nutmeg
- add 1 egg
- add 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (I like Pepridge Farms)
- add 1 dash cinnamon
- add 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Take out the pastry to defrost, this will be the most time consuming step.
- Once it is defrosted, roll the dough out to more of a round shape.
- I do this right on the cookie sheet that I am going to cook it on.
- I also like to have a layer of parchment paper so that it won't stick later.
- Preheat the oven to 400.
- Once the dough is rolled out, spread the preserves lightly on the entire surface.
- You may not use all the preserves, it should be just a thin coating.
- Cut the rind off the top of the brie only.
- Place the brie in the center of the pastry.
- Use a knife to break the almonds.
- In a pan heat them with the butter for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Layer the brown sugar on top of the brie.
- Place the nuts on top and finish off with the cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Fold the pastry up around the brie, not pulling to make holes.
- Squeeze the pastry together, using wet hands or extra preserves to help it stick.
- Beat one egg with a little water to make an egg wash.
- Brush the egg onto the pastry all over.
- Place the brie in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Check on it at this time, some ovens need a few extra minutes to give it a nice golden color.
- Serve with crackers or without.
- I have used this as a stand in for cheese and crackers and as a side dish for beef stew, and both times every bite disapeared.