Forget about foie gras and cocktail shrimp, there’s a new trendy holiday hors d’oeuvre! From Christmas dinner to New Year’s Eve, a baked Brie is a sophisticated appetizer that will suit all your gatherings with family and friends. This baked Brie recipe, with its sweet and savoury sautéed fig stuffing, elevates the genre and is bound to to steal all the attention at the dinner table.
But sophisticated doesn’t have to mean complicated: with only a couple simple steps, this Fig Stuffed Baked Brie is an easy recipe to whip up for all your holiday events… or anytime you want to impress your guests. The creamy Canadian Brie pulls all the weight for you, and only gets tastier once oven-baked: now that’s the right way to start your Christmas dinner.
- Prep: 10 minutes
- Cooking: 15 - 20 minutes
- One whole Canadian brie (about 200 g)
- 10 ml (2 tsp) Canadian butter
- 250 ml (1 cup) figs, chopped
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla
- 5 sprigs thyme
- 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) ground cardamom
- 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) nutmeg
- 5 ml (1 tsp) kosher salt
- 1.25 ml (1/4 tsp) black pepper
- 30 ml (2 tbsp) Canadian maple syrup
- 1 sheet puff pastry, halved
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) slivered almonds
- 1 egg, beaten
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Preheat the oven to 400 ºF (200 ºC).
Heat a saucepan over med/low heat. Add in butter and chopped figs. To the pan add in cinnamon sticks, vanilla, fresh thyme, cardamom, fresh grated nutmeg, salt, pepper, and maple syrup. Let cook for 10 minutes. Then, remove cinnamon sticks and the thyme sprigs.
While that’s cooking, with a chef’s knife slice a half inch around the brie and use a string, pulling in opposite directions to remove the top from the bottom.
Lay a sheet of puff pastry on a cutting board and place the bottom of the brie in the middle. Add the sauteed fig mixture and sprinkle sliced almonds on top. Cover with remaining brie top.
Wrap the bottom puff pastry around the brie. Grab another sheet of puff pastry and place on top and tuck the excess under the brie.
Brush with an egg wash and score the top with a knife.
Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until the puff pastry is golden brown.
Let rest for 15 minutes and serve.
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