As is probably the case with most of you, I am in full post-Christmas hangover mode. I’ve had about 10 large family meals in the last week, and still have a few to go. Christmas season doesn’t end until January 7 over here, so I have to save my strength. No, seriously, we take our German, American and Catalan Christmas and New Year’s traditions very seriously.
That’s why today’s recipe is fast and easy, but no less good and cheesy. I served these on New Year’s Eve, and they were a hit. They’ll work as an appetizer, or even as dessert. They’ll save your life if you need to serve something nice, quick and with little to no fuss. You can use any type of jam, and even a different type of creamy cheese (Camembert and raspberry jam, anyone?). Personally, I’ll use more cheese and less jam next time, but, you know, whatever rocks your boat.
For more bite-sized appetiser, check out these recipes:
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Now let’s get straight down to business.
Baked Cherry Brie Bites
Inspiration snatched from the wonderful Joy the Baker.
Servings: depends on size
Prep time: 10 minutes, plus another 10 minutes baking time
You will need:
- Brie cheese
- cherry jam
- two sheets of puff pastry (preferably rectangular)
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
Preheat your oven to medium-high.
Place one puff pastry sheet on top of the other, and cut through both to form squares or rectangles. The size is entirely up to you, although the smaller ones are usually more popular. I recommend rectangular puff pastry sheets because you will end up with less, or actually no, leftover bits and pieces.
Separate the matching squares or rectangles.
Next, cut your Brie into piece that fit into the centre of your squares or rectangles, but still allow for some space around it to crimp the edges shut.
Add a dollop of jam on top of the cheese…
…and cover with the matching puff pastry square or rectangles. Crimp the edges with a fork, pressing down tightly to seal the edges.
Here’s the process again:
You’ll notice I used very small pieces of cheese.
I won’t be making that mistake again.
Finally, paint the tops of the Brie Bites with the egg.
Place in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the tops are nicely browned.