Baked Brie the Simple Way


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This past Saturday I had a  very busy plate: Cooking class at 10 for 12 young ladies and a small order of appetizers for that same afternoon. I could have cooked dinner, but i chose to go for a long run and to play in my kitchen so when it was time for dinner there was nothing to offer. I will tell you that I really was not in the mood to make dinner because I knew that what I wanted to cook would not please my husband, and what he wanted was not going to please me. So what to do??? I did not want to go out for dinner and we did not want to take out. As i opened my fridge for inspiration, i saw two small brie that Lisa had purchased for the cooking class.

My family loves baked Brie and especially Garlic Baked Brie. They were introduced to this yummy appetizer in France and I thought that tonite this easy appetizer would make for a fun dinner option.  Easy, simple, Yummy. ….Yeah i know, not to healthy but it was Saturday night so who cares…

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Ingredients for 2-4:

  • 2 individual sized brie from President
  • 8 garlic cloves peeled and sliced in half
  • 2 baguette uncooked from the freezer section of the grocery store or from Costco.
  1. Turn the oven to 400.
  2. Remove the brie from its box and its wrapping.
  3. Place the brie on a cutting board.
  4. With a sharp knife, make 8 cuts on the top of the brie all around.photo 1
  5. Place a half  of a garlic in each slit.
  6. Place the brie and the baguette on a silpat and cook for 8 minutes.photo 3
  7. when the brie is ready, remove it from the oven.photo 1
  8. Place it on a plate and eat with the sliced bread, and sliced apples. You can also serve a salad to eat along. Et voila!

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Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Brie en Croute


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What are your plans for the New Year? Do you spend it with your children, or with friends? In the past few years, my husband and I have gone to several organized parties with friends. The food was good, the company great, but the party needed a bit more “va-va-voum”. The balloons fell down, the kisses were shared, and the dancing ended at 12:30, maybe 1am. Allwas fun, but a bit too much subdo for my taste. I will say that i miss the crazyness of some New Year party I went growing up. I did not go to bed before 4 or 5. Now that is ceclebrating the New Year;-)

What i like, is celebrating the New Year with lots of friends. Everybody is to bring an appetizers and we are together to have fun. Lots of fun!

In the event, that you are doing that, i will share with you an appetizer that is bound to please everyone. It looks great, is appreciated by most people, and is very very easy to make.

Ingredients for 1 brie en croute.

  • 1 brie of about 5 inch wide ( i buy mine from Costco)
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry dough thawed out.
  • raspberry jelly
  • 1/4 cup of toasted almond slices
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tsp of water to make the egg wash.

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  1. Roll the puff pastry dough out on the roulpat. And roll it out to make it into a square. Place that square on the medium silpat that  you would have placed on a perforated sheet. Set aside.
  2. Place the brie on its side on a cutting board, and with a sharp knife, cut the brie in half in its width.
  3. Place half of the brie in the middle of puff pastry square.
  4. Spoon a few tbsp of the raspberry jelly on that half, and place the other half of the brie on top the first one.
  5. Spoon a few tablespoons of the raspberry jelly on top again.
  6. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of toasted almonds on top of the raspberry.
  7. Take all four corners and gather  them to the  top. Gather the sides of the pastry to the top also. With your fingers, gather the dough together, twist the dough clockwise for a quarter turn and you will have like a knot.
  8. Flatten the knot.
  9. With a pastry brush, brush the egg wash all over the brie en croute.
  10. Cook at 375 for 30 minutes or until the dough id fluffed up and a golden color. Et voila!
  11. Serve with assorted crackers, and sliced green apples.

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Mashed Potatoes with a French Twist


I do not know if this applies to most German family, but potatoes are my husband’s favorite and if I am asking what he would like to eat , his answer would generally be potatoes with something else;-)

Well it was a bit late when I got home on Tuesday, and though my meal was planned, that of my beloved husband and children was not. No worry…. it was going to be quick. Sear some steaks for them and fix potatoes….mashed potatoes. So here I was fixing potatoes and as I was ready to set them on the table, Lisa, my daughter said: ” They are good but a bit tasteless…” which make me think that cheese would be a different addition, but what kind??? We had brie, lots of it ( we always some at our house;-) so here came this idea.

Ingredients for 4: 6 medium-sized potatoes, 3 cups of milk ( low-fat, whole milk or even heavy cream), 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/8 tsp of pepper, about 10 oz of brie cheese ( of which you will have removed the outer white layer) diced.

Peel the potatoes, and dice them in small cubes. Place them all in the round mold, add 1 tsp of water, a pinch of salt and close the round mold with the octogonal silpat. Microwave for 7 minutes. With a potato press, press the potatoes in a large bowl. Add the  milk or heavy cream, salt, pepper, and stir well. Add the diced brie and mix well. Serve at once. C’est tout!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!