When I started this blog, 2 years ago, I listed my five favorite recipes in the world. Even though I’m sure you’ve memorized them, here they are: Sunday Gravy, Praline French Toast Casserole, Ina Garten’s rosemary nuts, Pasta Genovaise, and “That Brie”. (All are in my table of contents–so go crazy). I got this Brie Recipe years ago and totally put my own spin on it. But here goes:
The above is a large wheel of Brie from Costco. I’m going to a party tonight, and I don’t want to overpower everyone with a huge presentation, so I cut it in half. The sheet of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry is always a little difficult, (ask me how I know), so I sprinkle a little flour on it and roll it out just a little. Lay the wedge carefully on a cookie sheet and wrap it as neatly as possible, squeezing edges together with wet fingers. Try NOT to leave any holes or pieces that don’t meet. You are trying not to let the runny cheese run out! I have a perfect sized little cake pan that just fits the Brie, and that helps to not let the cheese not run out. I also turned it upside down in the baking pan with the messy part on the bottom. It baked beautifully and then I had a nice smooth finished top.
Bake the Brie as per directions (375 degrees for about 25 minutes)
***While the Brie and Pastry are baking, bring the following to a light boil:
1 stick butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup Kahlua
AS SOON AS THE BRIE COMES OUT OF THE OVEN put it in whatever dish you are going to serve it in, poke a few holes in the top, and pour the Kahlua mixture over. As you can see in my picture, I have a perfect sized small pretty bowl (with sides) that just fits. Serve on toasts and enjoy!
MISTAKE ALERT! MISTAKE ALERT! MISTAKE ALERT!
***This is the next morning after the party. My Brie did not turn out the way it usually does, and I think I know why. I pretty much boiled it the whole time the wedge was baking. I think that’s too long. Half way into the party I went in to get a little slice of my delectable concoction, and lo and behold–the topping was hard! I was upset, until I noticed one of the guests breaking it off and eating it like candy! He was raving about how delicious it was, and was even spreading the cheese on the topping! GO FIGURE!!! ***So, the lesson here is to only boil the topping about 5 minutes–unless you want candy!