This post comes to us today from Lauren.
The seasons are changing and the holidays are right around the corner. If you’re anything like I am, then you might be planning your seasonal gatherings already. Chips and salsa just won’t cut it anymore – it’s time to bring out the big guns! If you are in need of some seriously scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, these pastry bites of baked camembert will capture the palates of your guests… yeah, I went there. This recipe is so good that you have been officially warned that you might find yourself eating an entire batch before the guests arrive.
What you will need:
-2 sheets puff pastry, thawed but still cold*
-1 wedge of camembert (about 8 ounces), cold (recommend Petit Reine)
-1/3 cup cherry jam (or any sweet flavor you fancy!) I used Rothschild Tart Cherry Preserve with Pomegranate
-1 large egg, beaten
-splash of milk
-coarse sea salt
-popsicle sticks (optional – they are just as tasty without the sticks)
*Store bought, all-butter puff pastry usually comes frozen and folded into thirds, which we’re going to take advantage of.
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Cut the puff pastry into thirds along the creases. Cut each panel into four pieces. They should be about 2 1/4-inches tall and 3-inches wide. One sheet of puff pastry yields 12 rectangles. Cut each rectangle in half. You’ll have 24 little rectangles that will create 12 rectangle pockets.
Combine the beaten egg and splash of milk. Brush 12 of the small rectangles with egg wash. If you’d like, now is the time to put these on the popsicle sticks. Place a popsicle stick halfway up the puff pastry and press in gently. Place a small sliver of camembert (rind and all) on top of the egg wash (and the stick, if included). Top with about 1/2 teaspoon of cherry jam. Take another square of puff pastry and press between your fingers to make the rectangle slightly bigger. Place puff pastry on top of the cheese and jam. Use a fork to press the edges together. The egg wash will act as glue. Make sure to seal the edges well by crimping with the fork. Prick the top lightly with a fork.
Place a rack in the center of the oven. Place prepared camembert bites on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash. Sprinkle with a touch of coarsely ground sea salt. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow these treats to cool slightly before serving. Camembert bites are best served warm, but are also delicious at room temperature.
Servings: 24 squares