Camembert and Cherry Pastry Puffs

Fill crisp puff pastry cups with creamy French cheese, then top with a fruity topping and crunchy pecans.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 36

1
sheet frozen puff pastry (from 17.3-oz package), thawed
1/4
cup dried cherries, finely chopped
3
tablespoons cherry preserves
4
oz Camembert cheese (do not remove rind), cut into 1/4x1/4-inch pieces
2
tablespoons finely chopped pecans or hazelnuts

  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 36 mini muffin cups with cooking spray. On lightly floured surface, unfold pastry sheet. Cut sheet into 6 rows by 6 rows to get 36 (1 1/2-inch) squares. Lightly press 1 square into center of each muffin cup, pressing center to bottom of cup with finger. Bake 10 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix cherries and cherry preserves until well blended; set aside.
  • 3 Press centers of pastry cups with handle of wooden spoon; bake 6 to 8 minutes longer or until golden brown.
  • 4 Immediately press pastry cups in center again. Fill each cup with about 1 heaping teaspoon cheese; top with 1/4 teaspoon cherry mixture. Sprinkle evenly with pecans.
  • 5 Bake 2 to 4 minutes or just until cheese is melted. Carefully remove from muffin cups; place on serving platter. Serve warm.

Expert Tips

Avoid rolling the pastry sheet; doing so will cause bubbling and unevenness during baking.

To make ahead, assemble the cups and bake up to 4 hours in advance, omitting the final bake time for melting the cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake. Right before serving, heat in 375°F oven just until warm and cheese is melted.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Appetizer
Calories
60
(
Calories from Fat
35),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3 1/2g
3 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
1 1/2g,
1 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
45mg
45%;
Total Carbohydrate
5g
5%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.