Baked Brie with Fresh Apples and Toasted Almonds

by Michelle on January 7, 2011

When Mr. Tastebuds and I were first married we would meet all our friends at T.G.I. Fridays for Happy Hour. We had so much fun and after a few cocktails we would all start ordering appetizers. One of my favorites was the Baked Brie in Puff Pastry and Fridays served it garnished with fresh slices of apple and toasted almonds. I’ve always loved Brie Cheese but tasting it hot-out-of-the-oven spread over a fresh slice of apple and sprinkled with toasted almonds is a taste explosion like no other!

Although I served the Baked Brie for our New Years Eve dinner, I’ve also served it for our Super Bowl Party and it works out very well and doesn’t stay around long so I generally have another one ready to pop in the oven. And to make this that much better, this is the easiest appetizer I’ve ever made in my life!

And look at this gorgeous presentation!

Baked Brie with Fresh Apples and Toasted Almonds
Recipe adapted from T.G.I. Fridays

1 Puff Pastry Sheet, thawed according to package directions
1 (8-ounce) Brie cheese round
1 egg
1 tsp water
2 apples, medium size **NOTE
1 tsp Olive Oil
Sliced Almonds

1. Defrost 1 sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Carefully unfold the pastry and with a rolling pin gently roll it out a little.
2. Place the wheel of brie cheese in the center of the puff pastry. Fold the pastry over the brie sort of like wrapping a box.
3. With a sharp knife, trim the excess pastry and set aside. Press the seams together to seal.
4. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork or whisk. Place the pastry on a parchment lined baking sheet and brush the entire pastry with the egg mixture.
5. If you want to use the small leftover scraps of pastry, you can cut out decorate shapes with mini cookie cutters. Make sure to brush the shapes with egg wash.
6. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Let stand for 20 minutes before serving.
7. While the cheese is cooling, in a small pan heat some Olive Oil. When the oil is warm add the almonds and toast until just barely starting to brown. Remove and cool.
8. Cut apples into slices.
9. Plate pastry, arrange apples and sprinkle with toasted almonds. Serve and enjoy!

NOTE: I use Granny Smith and Macintosh Apples not only to add color to the dish, but both of these apple varieties are slow to brown when exposed to air. If you are prepping a few hours ahead of time there are ways to keep apples from turning brown when exposed to air. Rubbing the exposed fruit with lemon is the best alternative. But you can also submerge the apple slices in either a bowl of water with a few tsps of sugar or salt and refrigerate. But the apples will float so some kind of weight, like a plate, is needed to keep them submerged. But it’s best to just use Granny Smith and Macintosh Apples and slice right when you are ready to serve the Brie!

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  • Honeyb January 7, 2011 at 4:30 am

    I totally agree about how delicious this is! Brie baked in pastry is one of my favorites too.

  • RJ Flamingo January 7, 2011 at 7:07 am

    This is also one of my favorites! Putting a small dish of honey next to it for drizzling, would send it completely over the edge. 😀

    • Michelle January 7, 2011 at 7:43 am

      Not so sure about the honey Renee! But I’m making it again for our Sunday Football so I will give it a try!

      Michelle

  • kat January 7, 2011 at 11:12 am

    & brie rounds are on sale at our market right now!

  • Doreen January 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Yumm!!! I made a baked brie with cranberry chutney for a holiday party and it was the hit of the party… such a wonderful combination of flavors….

  • Sheila January 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    You and me, kiddo! I love brie SO much. I have a wonderful recipe for it that uses Major Grey’s chutney. You serve it hot with Bremer wafers, but that brie in pastry with apples… YUM!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  • teresa January 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    oh yummy! baked brie is so good, especially with that sweet fruit.

  • Biz January 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Michelle – that looks amazing! Cheese and apples go so well together.

    Hope you are having a great weekend!

  • Kathleen January 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I love warm ooey gooey baked brie! This recipe looks totally amazing!!!

  • Delishhh January 11, 2011 at 10:04 am

    One of my favorite appetizers!!! And so easy to make. Love it!

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