Baked Brie with Cranberry Relish
Cuisine: American
Author: Kitchens
Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 35 mins
Total time: 1 hour 35 mins
  • 1 bag (12 ounce) fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • finely grated zest and juice from 1 large orange
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3 ounce package), thawed but chilled
  • 1 wheel Brie cheese (about 4 inches in diameter), top rind sliced off
  1. Bring cranberries, sugar, and orange juice to a full simmer in a medium skillet or a 5‐to 6‐quart Dutch oven. Simmer for 1 minute. Cover, turn off heat, and let stand for 10 minutes. Stir in orange zest, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate.
  2. Adjust oven rack to lower‐middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Roll puff pastry on a lightly floured surface along the fold lines to 12 inches long. Cut out two 6‐inch rounds. Lay one pastry round on a baking sheet and set cheese wheel on it, cut side up. Top with remaining puff pastry and crimp around perimeter of cheese to seal.
  4. Bake until pastry is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let rest for 15 minutes and serve, letting each person slice a wedge of the pastry encased cheese and top with cranberry relish.
Be creative with the spare bits of the puff pastry sheet. Try cutting them into leaf shapes and adorning the top of the covered wheel with leaves to decorate. You may also wish to make a simple dorure (a little water and an egg, well blended), brushed on top for a shiny glaze. Serve it with salad forks for eating and don’t be afraid to make two.

This goes very well when topped with a warm fig chutney in place of the cranberry relish. It may also be served without either fruit relish quite successfully.
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