Phyllo Wrapped Brie with Blackberries
Blackberry preserves and fresh fruit can be substituted with fruit of your choice - raspberries, strawberries or dried cranberries/fresh cranberry sauce.
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup blackberry preserves (depends on size of Brie you use)
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup toasted, chopped walnuts
- 1 package frozen Phyllo dough (half of package), thawed
- 1 Baby Brie cheese wheel (13-20 oz.)
- 6 Tbsp melted butter
- 1 cup fresh blackberries (I actually bought a large package of Blackberries from Costco and used half of the package to make preserves. Cook berries with small amount of water, 1 tsp lemon and sugar to taste until cooked down and thick. Chill before using).
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Unroll the Phyllo and keep covered with moist towel. Place one piece of dough on oven safe plate; brush with melted butter. Repeat with 2nd piece of dough, brush with butter. Place next piece of Phyllo at right angle to first two sheets; creating a cross effect; butter dough. Repeat with 2nd piece of dough. Continue to build package by alternating in this same way until you have used 8-12 pieces of Phyllo. It is important to keep the stack of dough covered with the moist towel while working; Phyllo dough is extremely thin and will dry out and become unusable if not kept moist while working with it.
- Cut rind off cheese; discard rind. Place cheese in center of pastry. Spoon preserves onto cheese. Top preserves with toasted walnuts.
- Fold up edges of pastry carefully around Brie into the center and pinch edges of dough together.
- Butter one more piece of dough and roll up starting with the long edge. Roll this 'rope' into a circle and place atop pinched dough, forming a flower. Brush entire outside of Phyllo with melted butter.
- Bake cheese until pastry is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes. Surround with fresh fruit, crackers or baguette slices - we like the small toasts available at Whole Foods.
- The package may split while baking, the more slices of pastry you use, the less likely this will happen!