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CHEF JEFF -- ONE BYTE AT A TIME: Baked Brie with Preserves

This recipe would be welcome at a holiday party. Baked Brie with Preserves 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed 1/3 cup fruit preserves 1 8-ounce round brie cheese 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water Assorted cracke...

Chef Jeff

This recipe would be welcome at a holiday party.

Baked Brie with Preserves

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

1/3 cup fruit preserves

1 8-ounce round brie cheese

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ΒΌ cup chopped hazelnuts

1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water

Assorted crackers or slices of pear and/or apple

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Unfold pastry on lightly floured surface. Roll to seal cracks. Spoon preserves onto center. Put cheese on top. Sprinkle on nuts. Fold pastry over cheese to cover. Trim excess pastry, press to seal seams. Reserve scraps. Brush seams with egg mixture. Place seam-side down on baking sheet. Cut scraps into decorative shapes. Arrange on top. Brush with egg mixture. Bake about 25 minutes. Let stand 20 minutes. Cut. Serve with crackers, fruit.

Yield: Serves 16.

Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 96 calories, 61 percent of calories from fat, 6.6 grams fat, 25.8 milligrams cholesterol, 3.7 grams protein, 5.8 grams carbohydrates, 0.3 grams fiber, 102 milligrams sodium.

Grab more food tidbits at the Chef Jeff blog at GrandForksHerald.com.

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