Gooey cheese and pastry. Does it get any better?! This baked brie is topped with strawberries and baked in a flaky pastry.
We have spent the last week in the eastern Sierra Mountains in northern California. It has been a week filled with fresh mountain air and outdoor activities. We have fished, hiked, rock-climbed, cycled, swam, and relaxed. Of course, we have been able to enjoy the lively Fourth of July activities that a small town has to offer, almost allowing me to forget that I wasn't in Canada on July 1st to celebrate Canada Day. Last night was an entertaining fireworks display in the village. My brother-in-law, who lives here, is a member of the county's Search and Rescue (SAR) team. This morning, we are heading out to decorate the SAR trucks for the Fourth of July parade. My kids couldn't be more excited to be riding on the snowmobiles that will be sitting on the SAR float. I have promised not to elbow any kids out of the way to get to the candy that is being thrown by the float-riders.
As a tribute to our wonderful host, I thought it was time to feature a guest chef. Who better than my brother-in-law? Now, he will be the first to admit that he tends to cook rather simply for himself. However, he appealed to my unwavering devotion to Brie cheese and floored me when he whipped up this appetizer. By the way, ladies, my brother-in-law is inexplicably single. Smart, handsome, athletic, generous. And did I mention that he makes an irresistible baked Brie? Need I say more?
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Pop open a can of crescent rolls. A sheet of thawed puff pastry would work just as well. Lay the pastry on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Place a wheel of Brie cheese on the pastry.
Pile 1 cup of sliced strawberries on top of the Brie.
Fold the rest of the pastry over top of the strawberries so that the entire wheel of Brie is covered. Pinch together the seams.
Sprinkle 3 tablespoon of brown sugar on top of pastry.
Top with 2 tablespoon chopped walnuts.
Place the baking sheet into the oven.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the pastry is light golden brown. Transfer the baked brie to a serving dish. Cut into it and let the glorious Brie ooze out (sigh). Serve with crackers.
Let me tell you, everyone else was lucky that I was in a sharing mood.