Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mini Brie en Croute

Brie en Croute is a popular appetizer served with either crackers or fruit. A slab of brie is baked inside pastry dough sometimes with fruit. The melted brie in the pastry shell is then served on a heated platter. This a mini version of the popular appetizer. The little balls of pastry have a filling made of a chunk of brie along with some apricot preserve. The pastry is baked with the filling inside. When served hot but not piping hot, it makes a great appetizer. The brie is molten and the fruit preserve adds a mild sweet flavor. The outer shell remains crunchy but is not hard.


I brought fresh French made Brie from Whole Foods just for this recipe. Imported Brie can be expensive but Whole Foods will willingly cut you a sliver the size you want. I got just enough for this recipe and to use as a snack with fresh sourdough bread. I made my own pastry dough. I have my own shortcut method for when I want a soft but not necessarily very flaky dough. It is called go easy on the butter.


Brie is a soft cheese that melts completely when heated. It is covered with a rind made of mold that I usually throw away. However, for this recipe it is better to keep the rind on the bottom to give it some added support and keep the cheese from oozing out of the pastry shell.

You will need (for 4 mini en croute)
For the pastry shell
50 gm bread flour
1 tbsp. melted butter
1/2 tsp. instant yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
15 gm water

For the filling
4 1/2in by 1 in cubes of brie
2 tsp. of apricot preserve

Whipping cream for brushing the top

In a mixing bowl combine the the butter, flour, salt and yeast. Rub the butter into the flour until it is soft. Add the water and combine to forma  really soft dough. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. Cover and keep aside for an hour or two.

Preheat the oven to 425 F. Divide the dough into four portions. Roll out the portions to small thick disc.


Place a chunk of brie with a 1/2 tsp of fruit preserve over the top.


Fold the pastry shell around the brie and seal it closed. Repeat for the other portions. Keep aside for 15 minutes.


Bake on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper for 15-20 minutes. Lower the heat to 375 F. Remove the baking sheet and working quickly brush the top with whipping cream. Return the baking sheet to the oven. Bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the top begins to brown. Place on a cooling rack for a few minutes before serving.


Enjoy!







15 comments:

  1. I am trying to imagine the taste of molten brie with the preserve.. hmm.. Will try it in summer when my father-in-law is here. He likes to taste different variety of cheeses.

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  2. These r so cute Varada ! Great ones

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  3. That is such an amazing appetizer -- so many different flavors & textures working together. It looks so 'gourmet'. Good one.

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  4. These sound super delicious Varada, loving all your finger food!

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  5. Sounds so inviting,will try it soon..bookmarked.

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  6. My mouth is already watering :D. Melted cheese inside pastry....yum!

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  7. Looks so cool and I love the filling as well.

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  8. Just love this brie en croute, its been a while i havent had this.. Now u r tempting me.

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  9. Great recipe. Is brie rennet free?

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  10. Cute looking mini brie!! Delicious filling too

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  11. very cute and tempting snack... perfect for parties!!

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  12. What a fabulous recipe. i am drooling Varada . Like that preserve.

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  13. These buns look amazing. I have no experience with brie and you have explained so nicely...

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  14. What a lovely recipe! So tempting :)

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