Monday, June 6, 2011

Wake up and smell the baked brie

Happy Monday Morning! Are Mondays ever truly happy?

Happy is sleeping in on the weekends. Happy is all you can eat Champagne Brunch Buffets. Happy is spending the day in crystal clear water at Sand Key Beach.

Mondays are a reminder that all those happy things happened on the weekend and its time to start your week all over again.

But if you want to relax and indulge like its the weekend...make this.

Imagine gooey, creamy, decadent cheese oozing out of crispy flakey puff pastry. That screams weekend to me. This will help wake you up and get you ready to ride out that long week!

Wake up and smell the brie bakin'!

That also screams an intense workouts afterwards. But, who is counting points anyways...its the weekend right?

You will die happy and stuffed after eating this baked brie. There is no reason to think about the fact that its Monday while eating this stuffed masterpiece.

Now, get back to your weekend with this delicious easy recipe!

Baked Brie with Apples, Dried Cranberries, and Apricot Preserves
adapted from

1/2 Package Puff Pastry Sheets
1 egg
1 Tbsp water
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1/2 red apple, chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup orange juice
1 (13.2 oz) round Brie cheese

1. Thaw pastry at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. While thawing, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F and make an egg wash by mixing the egg and water together in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Put orange juice in a small bowl and heat in the microwave for 45 seconds. Add the dried cranberries to the heated juice until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain and set cranberries aside.
3. Unfold puff pastry and roll out on a floured surface. Place brie round in the middle of the puff pastry. Top brie cheese with apricot preserves, apples, and dried cranberries. Fold puff pastry over the toppings. Press edges to seal and brush the egg wash over the puff pastry.
4. Bake 20 minutes until golden brown. Let stand 1 hour before serving.

Enjoy :)

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