Baked Brie with Pepper Jelly

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Now…I’ve been a fan of brie for nearly as long as I can remember. It is probably my favorite cheese and I’ve been known to be subject to wild and crazy brie cravings that end, um, badly. Since we’re only a week away from Thanksgiving, I wanted to share my favorite easy an elegant way to dress up an appetizer platter. I love it on crackers and bread, but it’s also delicious with fruits and vegetables (which is usually how I justify the cravings that end badly).
Before I moved to Louisiana, I’d heard of pepper jelly (mostly when I wondered why anyone in their right mind would ever want to eat pepper jelly). After I moved here, I discovered that not only was it a staple in Louisiana snacking, but it was delicious. I mean, you’re not going to go make a peanut butter and pepper jelly sandwich (or maybe you are, who am I to judge?), but it’s so good when you want that sweet/spicy/savory combination. Like with cheese. Soft, creamy cheese that spreads like butter. When you buy it, definitely check the ingredients; my favorites are often paired with some kind of fruit juice, but the ones with onions, garlic, and other spices kind of get a little weird. I just like the simplicity of the sweet, tangy heat and nothing else, you know?
My friend Kelly introduced me to baked brie with pepper jelly and I’m pretty sure I can never forgive her because my pants have not fit the same since. All you need is an 8-ounce (or in that neighborhood) wheel of brie, pepper jelly (I got this one from a trip to the farmer’s market), and puff pastry:

Puff pastry comes with two sheets per box, so remove one sheet and allow it to stand at room temperature for about 40 minutes. Place the remaining sheet in a freezer-safe bag and save it for another use.

Preheat the oven to 400.
When the pastry has thawed, gently unfold it on a very lightly floured surface. If there are any cracks, lightly moisten them and gently press them back together.
Carefully cut the wheel of brie in half lengthwise (it helps if it’s cold). Place one half, rind side-down, on the pastry. Spread a layer of pepper jelly over the cheese. Place the other half, rind side-up on the jelly, almost like a brie sandwich (let’s not even go there).
If you want, you can spread another layer of jelly on top of the rind.
You’ll want 2-3 inches of pastry surrounding the cheese, but any more than that will get bulky, so you may need to trim about 1″ of pastry on one or more sides (reserve the scraps for decorations). Carefully wrap the pastry around the cheese, sealing the edges shut so the melted cheese and jelly won’t leak out when it’s baked.
Invert the pastry-wrapped cheese onto a lightly greased baking dish so the seam side is down. If you want, you can cut some decorative shapes out of the dough scraps and use them to decorate the wrapped cheese. Brush the pastry with an egg white mixed with water and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Serve with crackers, slices of bread, and fresh fruit like pears, grapes, strawberries, and apples.

If you want, you can have a jar of pepper jelly handy so if there isn’t enough of that flavor in the baked brie (it actually ends up coming out pretty subtle), you can add a little more. Because it’s awesome.

53 comments

  1. The first time I ate Brie we were in a yurt up in the sawtooth mountains, and my hubbys cousin brought it. He is obsessed with cheese. So we had Brie, with Raspberry sauce. It was good. But this sounds AMAZING! We will have to give it a go. (We are down to only 3 jars left of my jalapeno jelly.) Oh and you guys' White Chicken Chili. All I can say is fabulous!

  2. This looks amazing! And because I like all things beautiful, where can I find that cookie cutter? Mine are all old and flimsy and I never use them for that reason.
    Oh, and I tried your Zesty Sloppy Joe's two weeks ago and they were superb. Never again will I buy that stuff out of a can!

  3. I've love Brie, especially when I coat it with caramel and nuts and throw it in the oven. I'm nervous to try pepper jelly but this recipe looks delicious!

  4. My favorite pepper jelly is raspberry chipotle. I love it with cream cheese. I also love baked brie. So, I love the idea of the combination! Can't wait to try it. I usually do baked brie by putting a layer of brown sugar, some pats of butter, and sliced almonds on the puff pastry, then lay the brie on top of it, wrap and turn over, so the sugar/almond mixture ends up on top and gets all melty with the cheese when you bake. I want that leaf cookie cutter – very cute.

  5. I think I'm going to LOVE This!! but I'm going to use the Tastefully simple Sweet pepper Jalapeno Jam that I love! Thanks! I've never had brie and bought some to "try" the other day.. yumm!!

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