Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Cranberry, Brie, and Thyme Puff Pastry Bites

My husband and I love to host Thanksgiving - I think it is because he loves to cook, we both love to bake, and I love to set up pretty tables!  
We've been hosting Thanksgiving for 3 of the past 4 years (last year couldn't host it)... but we actually don't host it on Thanksgiving. We host it either on Black Friday or that Saturday.  Thanksgiving not-on-Thanksgiving we call it.  It's nice because we can usually have more family members over! Plus, what do you do on Thanksgiving Saturday normally? Shopping is Friday so... Saturday is perfect!
cranberry, brie, and thyme puff pastry bites
Anyway, we always try to find at least one or two new recipes to add or replace each year. We always have appetizers - you know, because we don't eat enough that day already.
We found this recipe by Well Plated which is cranberry baked brie bites - they were really quite good but we made a few modifications to the recipe which I thing adds a little bit. 
The recipe calls for cutting out 1 1/2" rounds from cookie cutters - uhhh, turns out I don't have round cookie cutters. But I do have pie crust stamps!

Now for the recipe - get the printable version here.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 10x10-inch sheets puff pastry, thawed 
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 4 ounces Brie cheese, cold
  • chopped fresh Thyme, for garnish, roughly 1 tbsp
Directions
1.  Pull the puff pastry from the freezer and let it thaw.

2.  First, prepare the cranberry sauce: Combine the cranberries, orange juice, water, honey, cinnamon, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 10 minutes, until the cranberries break down and thicken. Let cool.

3.  Unfold the thawed puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface. With a rolling pin, gently roll the pastry so that it is an even 11-inch square. With a 1 1/2-inch round cookie cutter ( or pie stamps ) cut circles out of the pastry (makes about 48 rounds total, depending on what size of cookie cutter you use).

4.  Beat the egg in a small bowl, then lightly brush each pastry. One half of the pastry cut-outs, spoon approximately 1/4 teaspoon cranberry sauce and 1 small piece Brie cheese, rind included. Then sprinkle just a dash of fresh thyme on top.

5.  Carefully place the remaining pastry rounds on top of the Brie and cranberry, brushed egg side down. Pinch the ends closed. Prick each pastry with a fork to allow the air to escape. Repeat with second pastry sheet.

6.  Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat. Place pastry on the prepared sheet and brush lightly with egg. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes: you can assemble unbaked puff pastry bites and freeze them for later. Do not brush the egg wash on them if you are going to freeze them. Freeze them in an airtight bag. When you want to bake them, pull them out of the freezer and then brush them with the egg wash. Baking temperature is the same - 375, but you will need to bake them a few minutes longer.  You can also fully bake the pastry puffs and freeze them then reheat them in the oven.

They are really quite good! I know my pictures aren't the best (they were taken entirely by iPhone), I encourage you to give a try! They are really good and super easy to make!
cranberry, brie, and thyme puff pastry bites
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Written at http://peoniesandorangeblossoms.blogspot.com

12 comments:

  1. Those are adorable for one, and sound amazing! I looove brie and cranberry.

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  2. How yummy and how beautifully presented! I'll bet your meal is amazing and Saturday is perfect for your feast!! ;-)

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    1. Oh thank you! The little turkeys turned out cuter than any round cookie cutter would have!

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  3. These are so cute -- I'm off to find the stamps!

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  4. These sound wonderful and I love that you made them in the shape of a turkey!

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    1. It's funny how I was going to use a round circle from a glass but then improvised and ended up with a turkey shape!

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  5. So impressive and looks yummy!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait to nibble on these again next week!

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  6. I am so making these! Thanks for sharing your recipe...I pinned it, too!
    JP

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