Pastry-Wrapped Cranberry Brie

A beautiful filling of French-style cheese, fruit preserves and sauces, and a touch of rosemary make an elegant pastry appetizer.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

1
can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1
round (8 oz) Brie cheese (Do not use triple creme Brie)
3
tablespoons whole berry cranberry sauce
1
tablespoon apricot preserves
1/2
teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed
2
medium pears, unpeeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Unroll dough and separate crosswise into 2 sections; press dough into 2 (7-inch) squares, firmly pressing perforations to seal.
  • 2 Cut cheese round horizontally to make 2 rounds. Place 1 cheese round, rind side down, on center of 1 dough square. (Do not remove rind from cheese.) In small bowl, mix cranberry sauce and preserves. Spread over top of cheese; sprinkle with rosemary. Top with remaining cheese round, rind side up.
  • 3 With small cookie or canapé cutter, or sharp knife, make 1/2- to 1-inch cutouts to resemble poinsettia leaves from each corner of remaining dough square. Roll 3 small pieces of dough into 3 small balls; set cutouts and dough balls aside. Place remaining dough on top of cheese round. Press dough evenly around cheese, folding top edges over bottom edges; press to seal completely. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • 4 On 7x7-inch foil square, arrange dough leaves with balls in center on top of dough. Lift foil square with poinsettia and place on cookie sheet next to wrapped Brie.
  • 5 Bake poinsettia 8 to 11 minutes or until light golden brown around edges. Lift from cookie sheet with foil; cool. Bake wrapped cheese 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet; place on serving plate. Place poinsettia on top of wrapped cheese. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm with pears.

Expert Tips

The edible rind on the Brie keeps the cheese from oozing out during baking.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
160
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
4 1/2g,
4 1/2%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
270mg
270%;
Total Carbohydrate
15g
15%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
7g
7%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.