Brie in Puff Pastry with Cranberry Sauce
Crimson cranberries provide a little tartness to mellow Brie cheese encased in flaky puff pastry.
1 C fresh cranberries
6 T packed brown sugar
1 T orange juice
1/2 t grated orange peel
Brie and Pastry
1 T butter or margarine
1/3 C sliced almonds
1 (17.3 oz) sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 (14 to 15 oz) round Brie cheese
1 egg, beaten
1. In 1-quart saucepan, mix cranberries, brown sugar and orange juice. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens and cranberries are tender. Stir in orange peel; remove from heat.
2. In 8-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Cook almonds in butter, stirring frequently, until golden brown; remove from heat.
3. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. On lightly floured surface, roll pastry into 16x9-inch rectangle. Cut out one 8 1/2-inch circle and one 7-inch circle from pastry.
4. Place cheese round on center of large circle. Spoon cranberry sauce and almonds over cheese. Bring pastry up and press around side of cheese. Brush top edge of pastry with egg. Place 7-inch circle on top, pressing around edge to seal. Brush top and side of pastry with egg. Cut decorations from remaining pastry and arrange on top; brush with egg. Place on cookie sheet.
5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 hour before serving.
Serve with assorted crackers or sliced fresh fruit.