Martha Stewart Baked Brie Frozen
Party appetizers are in full swing and Martha Stewart has you covered with her selection of ready-to-bake and DIY kits. Choose from brie en croute with brown sugar, apples, and pecans; leek and cheese bread pudding bites; tomato tartlets; or mini quiches for any special occasion.
Martha Stewart baked brie frozen is the ideal party food because it requires minimal preparation (apart from the puff pastry). Serve it with roasted pears, dried cranberries or a mixture of nuts like walnuts and pistachios for an eye-catching presentation.
Selecting the ideal brie for this recipe is essential to its success. Search for a cheese that is not too old but still firm when touched; avoid hard or shriveled varieties as these will spoil quickly. Additionally, look for a light pinkish-purple rind on your cheese.
Brie cheese comes in either full wheels or individual wedges. For best results, purchase a brie that is only two to two and half weeks old; this will guarantee its continued ripening and improved flavor over time.
Making and baking a baked brie is similar to making puff pastry rings, except instead of rolling it out you cover the cheese with it and bake. This quick yet tasty party dish makes an ideal addition for holiday celebrations or any other special event.
Start by thawing the puff pastry sheet according to package directions. Place on a floured work surface and roll out until about one to two inches larger than your brie is. Be sure to have enough dough to cover it completely – trim off any excess with a knife leaving about 2 inches or so for rolling purposes.
Next, spread the brie evenly with blackberry jam, using anywhere from 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup of the mixture. Be careful not to overspread as that could result in too wet a dough and potential leaks while cooking.
Wrap the brie in puff pastry, brushing with egg wash before tucking the edges under to enclose it. Transfer to a prepared baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.
An egg wash added to puff pastry before wrapping around brie is essential for adhering the pastry together and helping prevent sliding during baking – making it easier for guests to slice into the cheese.
Once the brie has been fully wrapped in puff pastry, you can add some decorative shapes cut from leftover scraps of dough after trimming. This will make the brie even more eye-catching for visitors.
The baked brie may not taste exactly like store-bought puff pastry, but it certainly compares. It’s flaky and buttery with an enjoyable flavor profile. While not quite as good as homemade version, this simple yet tasty party appetizer makes a great alternative.