Brie en Croûte (Brie in pastry) is a favourite holiday staple, and for good reason! If there's anything better than cheese, it's cheese baked n pastry!
It may sound complicated, but it really is simple; and the results are sinfully decadent. If you're feeling at all intimidated by the pastry decorating check out our step by step video guide on Youtube.
This cranberry sauce, made with oranges pecans and port is rich and flavourful, but you can use store bought in a pinch and add some toasted pecans.
Serve it for dessert with apple and pear slices!
First, make your Spiced Cranberry Sauce and allow it to chill for at least an hour. You will have leftover Cranberry Sauce, but you can serve it for Christmas dinner with your Tofurky or on another holiday cheese plate to accompany your Zengarry Brie or Holiday Brie cashew cheese!
Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Oranges, Pecans and Port
Combine all ingredients except port in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the cranberries have “burst" and released their juices, about 10 minutes.
Add port, stir completely and chill.
For the Brie en Croûte
Roll out your puff pastry on a floured surface until it's about 10 inches square. Trim your pastry to about the size and shape of a large dinner plate. Save the trimmings to decorate the top of your pastry.
Place about 1/2 cup of Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Oranges, Pecans and Port in the centre of your puff pastry circle. Place your wheel of Zengarry Brie style nut cheese on top of the Cranberry sauce. Brush the edges of the pastry circle with almond milk and fold up around the Brie to form a package. Pat the edges in place. Flip your nut cheese/pastry package over and place it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Decorate your pastry with pastry cut outs (small cookie cutters are handy for this), brushing each piece with almond milk before applying so that it sticks.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Brush your pastry all over with a little olive oil and cook for 20 minutes until golden brown.