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Truffle lovers will especially enjoy this appetizer!
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Baked Truffled Brie enCroute Recipe
Puff Pastry, Brie Cheese
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature , lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh shaved
truffles or truffle paste (optional)*
1 sheet frozen
puff (Phyllo) pastry, thawed
1 small (8-ounce) round (wheel)
Baguette, crostini, or crackers
* NOTE: You always want to maximize the
truffle flavor, using the least amount of the ingredient as possible. So always slice into paper-thin wedges or strips. Use a
truffle shaver (similar to a cheese grater) when shaving truffles (see photo on left).
Butter a baking pan and line with aluminum foil. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese,
salt, truffle oil, and shaved truffles; set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out sheet of puff pastry 1/8-inch thick
(approximately 15 inches in diameter); using the brie as a guide, cut out one round the
size of the brie for the top and cut another round 1-inch larger. Using a small cutter
(any shape will do), cut out some decorative pieces.
Halve brie cheese horizontally; spread the truffle cream cheese evenly over the bottom
half of the brie. Place the top half over the truffle cream cheese.
On prepared baking pan, center the brie cheese on top of the larger pastry round; wrap pastry up over brie
(without stretching). Brush border with some egg and top with remaining smaller pastry
round; pressing edges of dough together gently but firmly to seal. Brush top with egg.
Arrange decorative pieces over the top of the pastry dough; lightly brush with egg, being
careful not to leg egg drip over edges (this would prevent them from rising). With the
back of a table knife, gently score side of pastry with vertical marks (being careful not
to pierce through dough). Chill brie, uncovered, 30 minutes to set egg wash. Brie may be
made to this point one day ahead and kept chilled, covered loosely.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Bake Truffled Brie in middle of oven 20 minutes or until
puffed and golden brown. Remove from oven and let stand in pan on a rack
about 20 minutes for a very runny melted cheese or about 40 minutes for
thicker cheese. To serve, transfer to serving dish and serve with baguette, crostini, or crackers.
Serves 6 to 8 as an appetizer.