First of all, I hope everyone had a wonderful time during the holidays! Apologies for not being able to post until now!
I’ve been meaning to post this wonderful recipe ever since I made it for Christmas. As a huge fan of cheese and cranberries, this recipe has definitely become one of my favorites!
It’s extremely easy, guaranteed crowd pleaser and come on! Cheese and cranberries? How can you go wrong?!
Let’s Put Some Spice in Those Cranberries
I was never really a fan of cranberry sauce. I guess the ones I have had before have been either too sweet, too sour or too bland for my taste.
Therefore, this Christmas, I really wanted to make it myself so I can adjust the taste to my liking!
What makes this cranberry sauce special is the following:
Spices – I added like a million of them. I mean, a substantial amount of wonderful spices. If you’ve ever wondered when you are going to use ground ginger, cloves, allspice, this is exactly the recipe for it!
Orange Juice – Cranberries and oranges go so well together so I figured, why not just add some orange juice in there? Feel free to use Grand Marnier or some other type of Orange Liquor as well :) Oh, or Amaretto! Then you can add some cherries to it as well. Yum.
Other berries/fruits – Let’s face it. Cranberries are awesome, but they are just too cranberry-like. If you want some more variety — put some other berries on it! For me, I added some blueberries, pears and blackcurrants. You can also add strawberries and cherries! It adds a bit more depth and variety to the dish and will make your guests wonder why your cranberry sauce is so delicious :)
To Bake Brie or Not to Bake Brie
Brie is already so wonderful on its own. Eat it with some crackers, or apples or pears. Put it in a panini!
This time, we are cutting it in half, layering it with cranberry sauce and almonds, then wrapping it in a blanket of puff pastry.
The puff pastry is there to give it that wonderful puffy crust and to hold the brie together when it starts to melt.
Like I say in my instructions below, I prefer to freeze the brie with the cranberry sauce and puff pastry before I bake it. I learned that it helps keep the brie together when you bake it and stop it from melting too much before the outside crust has reached a wonderful brown color.
Baked Brie with Homemade Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Although the holiday season is over, and you may not roast chicken or turkey anymore until next Christmas, it does not mean you cannot keep eating cranberry sauce! This recipe gives you an excuse to do just that. It will make you reminisce about the holidays and help you get through the year until it’s Christmas again :)
Please try this wonderful Baked Brie with Homemade Spiced Cranberry Sauce!
- 1 Round Brie
- 1 Roll of Puff Pastry (size should be large enough to cover your brie)
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice (or substitute with Grand Marnier)
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar (adjust to your liking)
- 3 to 4 cups of fresh cranberries
- 1 cup of a combination of other berries (e.g. blueberries, blackcurrants, raisins)
- Slivered Almonds (optional)
- 1 egg
- 1 pear or apple (chopped into cubes)
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground allspice (substitute mixed spice if unavailable)
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
- 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves (substitute mixed spice if unavailable)
- Bring the water, sugar and spices to a boil.
- Add the cranberries, other berries and apple or pear and simmer (uncovered) mixing occasionally until all the cranberries have popped and the mixture has thickened (about 30 minutes).
- Set aside to cool.
- Unroll the puff pastry in a baking sheet.
- Slice the brie in half lengthwise so you have two round bries.
- Place the lower half of the brie on top of the puff pastry.
- Place 2 to 3 tablespoons of spiced cranberry sauce on top of the lower half of the brie (adjust depending on the size of your brie).
- Put the other half of the brie on top and spread more cranberry sauce on top of it.
- Sprinkle some slivered almonds on top of the cranberry sauce.
- Wrap the puff pastry around the brie. Leave the top slightly uncovered.
- Cover and freeze for about 3 hours or overnight (This would ensure the brie stays together in the oven.)
- When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Make an egg wash by beating an egg and adding some water to it.
- Brush the egg wash on the outside of the brie (This would give it a nice brown color when baked.)
- Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes until the outside crust has browned and the brie has become softer.
- Feel free to bake it longer if you like the brie really melty (I prefer it only a bit soft.)
- Serve warm as a snack or after a meal.
- This dessert keeps really well in the fridge. To serve again, just heat it up in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes before serving.