Baked Brie. And, No. It's Not From Scratch

>> Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I doubt many of you have time to cook, bake, or make absolutely everything from scratch all the time. If you do, I'd love for you to write me a guest post, please. And, though it's not my usual or preferred style, I don't have time either. Surprising? I hope not. Blogging all the glorious edibles I create (complete with carefully calculated food porn shots) can -- at times -- make me seem like some sort of superwoman.

Oh, friends, I'm so very far from that, you don't even know.

From time to time, I take joy in the simple and already prepared things. Like a plain piece of fruit or coarsely chopped veggies. Amy's Organic frozen pizzas. Nutella straight from the jar (I know I've mentioned this one before, but it's one of my favorites). Take-out veggie sushi. Chocolate half-moon cookies from Wegmans. And if we're hosting company, this super easy baked brie is sure to make an appearance.

Garnished with freshly chopped strawberries . . . perhaps a few whole wheat crackers (packaged, not homemade), baked brie presents as a fancy, classy dish (what else is classy? see the video below -- and, sorry it's a video of a TV, it's all I could find.). And yet it takes a mere 15 minutes to prepare and bake. I also believe it costs less than the frozen section variety. And it's certainly more customizable.


What you'll need . . .
  • 1 can (8 oz) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls (we used Pillsbury)
  • 1 round (8 oz) Brie cheese (we used President's)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup jam of your choice (we used a mixed-berry variety from Wegmans)

Method . . .
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Unroll dough; separate crosswise into 2 sections. Pat dough and firmly press perforations to seal, forming 2 squares. Set aside.
  3. I carefully chopped the rind off the top and bottom of the brie, though this isn't absolutely necessary.
  4. Place one dough square on an un-greased cookie sheet. Place cheese on center of dough. Spoon your jam over top of the brie. Use as much or as little as you like.
  5. Place the other dough square on top of cheese round/jam. Press dough evenly around cheese; fold bottom edges over top edges. Gently (gently!!!) stretch dough evenly around cheese; press to seal completely.
  6. Bake for approx 20 to 24 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Curious about how you can spread brie on your walls for a gorgeous transformation -- all on the cheap? Check out our office/guest room makeover post from a few months back. We're still loving the space, and we think you will, too.

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