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Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 10 Servings

CRANBERRY SAUCE
1 lb Fresh or thawed frozen -cranberries (about 4 1/2 -cups), picked over
1/4 c Red-currant jelly
3/4 c Demerara or light brown sugar
2 tb Fresh lemon juice
2 tb Kirsch or brandy

PASTRIES
1 Wheel (2-pound) firm Brie (rind intact), chilled
2 pk (17 1/4-ounce) frozen puff pastry sheets (4 pastry -sheets), thawed
1 lg Egg, beaten lightly

Make cranberry sauce: In a large saucepan simmer sauce ingredients, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 20 minutes. Transfer sauce to a heatproof bowl and cool. Cranberry sauce may be made 1 week ahead and chilled, covered.
Put Brie on a work surface and with a 2-inch round cutter cut out 10 rounds, pressing scraps together as necessary. Press thumb deep into middle of each round to form a small indentation and fill each cavity with about 1 teaspoon cranberry sauce, reserving remaining sauce. Chill cheese rounds on a baking sheet.
On a lightly floured surface unfold 1 pastry sheet (do not roll out pastry) and with a 2 1/4-inch round cutter cut out 10 rounds. Transfer pastry rounds to another baking sheet and chill. Unfold remaining 3 pastry sheets and with a 5-inch round cutter cut out 10 rounds (there will be pastry left over). Transfer pastry rounds to a third baking sheet and chill.
On cleaned work surface arrange 1 large pastry round and brush top with some egg. Center 1 cheese round on pastry and wrap pastry up over cheese to form a 3/4-inch border on top of cheese. Brush border with some remaining egg and top with 1 small pastry round, pressing edges of dough together gently but firmly to seal. Brush round with some remaining egg and chill on a baking sheet. Make more wrapped Brie with remaining pastry and cheese rounds in same manner. Chill each wrapped Brie, uncovered, at least 30 minutes. Brie may be prepared up to this point 1 day ahead and chilled, covered loosely.
Preheat oven to 425 F. and lightly grease another baking sheet.
Bake Brie on baking sheet in middle of oven 15 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Cool Brie on baking sheet on a rack about 10 minutes.
Serve Brie warm with reserved cranberry sauce.
From Cody's Wine Bar & Restaurant Windsor, England


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