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Baked Brie with Fig Jam

January 15, 2018

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Many people have a version of this recipe, so perhaps you've already had a taste of how wonderful this special appetizer is. The reason I am sharing is that you might not know about it; the other reason is that, what makes my version of this, my favorite, is that it's so quick and easy, but has the same unbelievably delicious outcome. We served this dish many times over the holidays. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
This recipe looks like fare from a gourmet restaurant. When you make it at home, you won't believe you've created an appetizer, so good, you'll want to make a whole meal of it, with some chilled white wine. Once, that's exactly what Jules and I did. Polished off the whole thing (slowly savoring each luscious bite), for appetizer, dinner and dessert. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Just out of the oven, the Brie and fig preserves have softened and oozed together and merged with the pastry. If you serve this dish to guests, it won't last more than 15 to 20 minutes, if they're helping themselves. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Ingredients 

1 Box Puff Pastry

1 piece of round Brie (8 or more ounces)

Fig jam

Egg Wash (1 egg + 1 Tablespoon water, beaten together well)

1 round pie baking dish, greased with butter

Separate plate: sliced apples (skins left on), sliced pears, red and green seedless grapes

Unbelievable how few ingredients are needed. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Directions

1. Be sure to chill your white wine; overnight is good

2. After you buy your pastry dough, chill it overnight along with the wine.

3. Heat oven to 400 degrees

4. With butter, grease a pie baking dish

5. Rinse off all of the fruit you plan to use and let it drain.

6. Sprinkle almond flour over a flat board or flat surface. I use marble countertop, which bakers used to always use. Make the whole sheet of dough 1/8“ thick. Don't worry if you're not exact.

7. Carefully, lift and transfer the dough to the pie dish, draping the dough over the pie dish; letting the dough hang outside the pie dish

8. If you weren't able to find a round Brie, as I couldn't, buy a nice wedge, and cut it into big chunks.

9. Spread jam over the bottom of the dough. We love fig preserves for this recipe, but you can use whatever you like with a cheese like Brie. Quince jam is also excellent or you may prefer a marmalade. (your choice).

10. Place the Brie over the fig jam and then spread more jam over the top of the cheese.

11. Now, pull all the draped pieces of dough together, pulling them toward the middle of the pie dish. Pinch carefully, all of the places where the dough comes together, so you don't have any small openings where the cheese will run through, while baking. Examine carefully and pinch all possible little openings. The dough will fall into place while baking, but lightly pat it down a bit so there's no point of dough, sticking up, in the middle.

12. With your little pastry brush, brush all of the egg wash over the entire area of dough.

13. Place on the middle rack, in the middle of the oven and bake for about 35 to 45 minutes, depending on your oven. Set a timer to ring at 30 minutes and watch carefully from that time on. You want the top to become a beautiful golden brown and at that point, remove it from the oven.

14. Let it cool for about 10 minutes and slice your apples, and pears while the Baked Brie is cooling. Arrange the fruit plate and include Carr's water crackers, or not.

15. Plan exactly when you want to serve this appetizer because you want to serve the Baked Brie when it's warm and runny. It's not nearly as good cold or cool.

16. Make sure everyone has a chilled glass of while wine and a small plate with small fork.

17. Cut the Baked Brie with a knife and a pie server. If you want guests to serve themselves, don't be surprised at the speed with which it disappears.

Grease your pie dish with butter. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
As you can see, the thin dough may rip in places. Don't worry, all you have to do is pinch it back together, so there are no leaks. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Spread the fig preserves on the dough, (or your choice of jam) all over the bottom of the dish. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
I couldn't find a nice round Brie, so used a ripe wedge and cut it into chunks. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Can you see, just from reading this recipe, how easy it is to make. Your guests won't believe it.  ©Joyce Hays, Target Health
About to spread the jam over the bottom, much more and over the top of the cheese. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Pinch the dough together, all over, in order to close all cracks and small openings, so the Brie doesn't run out. I will press down on that tip of dough in the center. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
All pinching and pressing down has been done. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Egg wash with brush is ready. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Egg wash has been brushed all over the dough. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Going into oven. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
And Voila! The process of baking wrought such a change of form. Look at it now! Mmmmm, smells so good! I cut the apples with a mandolin. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
If you like warm, runny, melted merging flavors, you are in for a real treat! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Going fast. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
With or without crackers. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Sheer pleasure! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Will discuss this white in a future newsletter. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
This is not a tourist joint. This is a favorite of ours for over 25 years. Of course tourists go here, but New Yorkers never left. It's such a fun place to dine; there's enough to go around for everyone. We hung out here over the holidays ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Have a great week everyone!

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Bon Appetit!

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