Christmas is coming and everyone seems to be getting ready for the holiday table, even though they will only be hosting a few people this time. No large gatherings, no parties, all due to the pandemic and the measures that have been taken in order to control it.
However, people are still planning on preparing the tastiest recipes this year, maybe in an attempt to forget all the hard stuff we’ve all been going through lately.
So, while you are trying a dozen different recipes in order to conclude what’s the best appetizer for your festive table, we’ve found the best one.
Easy to prepare, yet incredibly tasty, this baked stuffed brie will not only fill you up, but it will warm your heart these holidays.
In the video that has been uploaded by Food Wishes, which has been viewed by almost 2 million people, we are shown how to prepare the baked cheese.
The tutorial is simple: all you need to do is cut the wheel of brie in half, staff it and wrap it with puff pastry.
Then, you can decorate the top, just like our friend did in the video, and bake until the cheese is leaking.
Slice and enjoy on some toasted bread.
But let’s take a closer look at the ingredients and the steps you need to follow in order to prepare this delicious appetizer.
- 1 small wheel of brie (about 6 to 8 inches is perfect)
- handful of dried cranberries, chopped
- handful of chopped walnuts
- enough puff pastry to cover (1/8-inch thick), plus extra for design
- 1 egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon water
Prepare the cheese: take some kitchen string or simply some dental floss and cut the wheel of cheese in half.
Use the cranberries and walnuts to stuff the cheese. Place some cranberries on one side and press down. Repeat with the other side using walnuts. Bring the two sides together and press down.
In the meantime, thaw some puff pastry and place one sheet of puff pastry on your working surface.
Make sure there’s no too much extra pastry. Brush some egg wash on the pastry around the cheese. Wrap the cheese. Flip it over to look neater and transfer on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
If you wish, you can decorate the top of the wheel using the leftover puff pastry. In this case, the cook has opted for a vine and grapes.
Ready to bake? Not really.
At this point, you need to put the cheese in the freezer for one hour. Preheat the oven at 425 degrees.
Place the cheese on a baking tray and place in the center of the oven and bake for twenty minutes.
A safe way to check if it’s done is to see cheese leakage around the wheel. Still, it is possible for the cheese to be done even if the cheese doesn’t leak, but this is pretty rare.
Take the cheese out of the oven when it’s ready. Now, the good news is you don’t have to let it cool. On the contrary, you can enjoy it hot and soft just like you should.
The gooey cheese with the sweet and tangy filling spread on some slices of warm, toasted bread is exactly what you need on a cold winter night.
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