One of the best things about being an “adult” is that you can cook whatever you want whenever you want. Take, for instance, a huge wedge of brie smeared with raspberry jam and baked in phyllo dough. Who needs veggies?
Growing up, baked brie was always reserved for pre-Thanksgiving brunch and that was the only time we would ever make it. Since then, I’ve associated it with other “holiday only” foods, like sweet potato casserole and turkey with stuffing. But really, there is nothing mandating that I only enjoy baked brie once a year, which, if you think about it, is kind of unfair. Why eat some of the best foods only once a year? That would be like eating a bar of dark chocolate only once a year– you’re practically punishing yourself.
That being said, on Saturday the stars aligned and we happened to have brie, phyllo dough and raspberry jam. In a rare stroke of inspired genius, I decided to make baked brie and this is officially no longer a “holiday only” food. Plus, we were having company and this is the kind of thing that’s best shared with other people. Although it’s perfectly fine if you wanted to make it for just yourself…. only don’t expect to be getting up and moving around afterwards.
You can see that the minute you cut into it the baked, warm brie runs everywhere (which doesn’t exactly make for good pictures), so it’s good to keep some crackers nearby to scoop it up. Make this and people will love you for it, I promise.
1 wedge or large circle of brie cheese
a couple spoonfuls of raspberry jam (fig jam would be good to)
Preheat oven to 400F. Cut out a piece of phyllo dough that’s about the same size or a little bigger than your peice of brie. Roll it out to about 1/3 of an inch thick. Place brie in the middle of the dough and put raspberry jam on top of brie. Encase the brie in the dough, sealing the seams well. Score the top with a sharp knife. Brush with egg wash if desired. Bake until phyllo is golden and remove from oven.
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