Baked Brie with Cranberry is definitely a crowd pleaser and a “must” appetizer for all of your holiday or party gatherings. It’s relatively simple to prepare. I actually used my own cranberry sauce recipe for the jam, but if you are a bit low on time, you can substitute with jarred apricot or red raspberry jam (preserves). Click here to view my cranberry sauce recipe. One thing I really like about this recipe is that it can be served warm or even room temperature.
Phyllo dough comes frozen, but you can easily unthaw in the fridge overnight or lay on counter for about an hour. The dough can be difficult to work with, but if you keep it hydrated (melted butter) as you are working with it, you will be fine. I used this one from Athens Brands.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your brie first. You do not have to, but I like to remove as much of the rind as possible. Gently, and with a very sharp knife, cut as much off as you can without cutting off too much of the cheese. It’s ok if just a little is left on the cheese.
Lay down about 4 to 5 sheets of phyllo dough on a flat surface. Lay another 4 or five sheets, just overlapping the first five. You need to create a large base, because you will be wrapping the cheese. (See pics). Brush the dough generously with the melted butter.
Place the wheel of brie in the middle of the buttered phyllo sheets. Top with the jam. If you are substituting with red raspberry jam, I like to sprinkle in a few red pepper flakes. You have to options for wrapping the cheese. For this recipe, I just made folds in the dough as I was covering the cheese. I wanted to see the cranberry jam. I have also wrapped the entire wheel many times. All up to you. Once you have the brie wrapped, brush all edges with a bit more of the melted butter.
Place in a non-stick pan or pie plate and allow to bake until the dough becomes nice and golden brown. This will take about 12 to 15 minutes. Try not to over bake as the brie may start melting from the bottom. You can broil for a minute to brown the top.
Remove the Baked Brie from the oven and allow to rest in pan for a few minutes. Place in serving dish, or do as I did and add it to a meat/cheese board. Click here for my Charcuterie ideas. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs. ENJOY!!!