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Baked Brie with Dried Cherries & Thyme

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Serves eight.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 96

  • 1/2-lb. wheel of Brie (about 4-inch diameter), at room temperature
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F.

Slice off the top rind of the Brie and discard. On a sheet of waxed paper or parchment, roll the pastry out to a 12-inch square and cut two 6-inch rounds from it. Put one of the rounds on a small rimmed baking sheet, sprinkle with half of the dried cherries and thyme, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge, and gently press so they adhere.

Set the Brie, rind side down, on top of the pastry, sprinkle with the remaining cherries and thyme, and cover with the other pastry. Crimp the edges together to seal in the cheese. Brush the top of the dough with the butter. Bake until the pastry browns, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes and then serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 150; Fat (g): fat g 11; Fat Calories (kcal): 90; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 6; Protein (g): protein g 6; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3.5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 6; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 200; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 30; Fiber (g): fiber g 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Super easy and very delicious. Cherries are hard to chop because they are so sticky, but otherwise really, really simple. Everyone raved - will definitely make this again.

Wonderful appetizer! It is worth doubling the recipe by using a 1 lb wheel of brie.

With purchased puff pastry, this is quite an easy yet elegant appetizer to make and serve. I made it for our New Years Day brunch. Even people who weren't fans of brie liked it. It's important to include the fresh thyme. It adds a lot to the flavor.

I made this last evening for a Christmas Eve party. It was the hit of the evening..... Every one raved.Five Stars for sure.

First empty platter at the party. Used cherry craisins and turned out great, highly recommend!!

I made this last xmas. It was delicious. The thyme and dried cherries adds a sweet and savory to this creamy cheese.

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