Sunday, December 29, 2013

Fig & Brie Bites

 Another easy appetizer that tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen. Flaky pastry with fig jam, brie cheese and a touch of sea salt.

These are a great make ahead appie. In fact since they are puff pastry they actually hold their shape much better if you freeze them prior to baking.

These bites are rustic looking so don't worry too much about trying to make them look prefect. I know, it was hard for me too! ;)

  • 1 box of puff pastry, thawed in the fridge
  • 1 wheel of Brie Cheese, with the rind removed
  • Fig jam
  • Course sea salt

1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with wax paper. This will be used to freeze the bites.

2. Roll out the puff pastry into a large square. (Use minimal flour for rolling out otherwise the puff pastry will not stick to itself) Cut into equal squares, about 1.5 x 1.5 inches.

3. Spoon about half a teaspoon of fig jam into the middle of each square. Then place a small piece of cheese on top of that. (I know I'm not giving exact measurements but use your judgement, should be proportionate to the jam and pastry)

4. Fold over the corners of the pastry around the filling to make a bowl or basket. Place on the wax paper a sprinkle the sea salt on top. Place in the freezer until firm. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Baking Instructions - Bake at 375 degrees on parchment paper for 15 - 18 minutes. The pastry will puff up and the cheese and jam will be gooey.

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