Golden Baked Brie and Figs in Puff Pastry

I have to admit that I so enjoy entertaining friends and family with a spectacular assortment of appetizers. I aim for a variety of textures and taste that appeal to a variety of pallets and tastes.  One of my family and friends favorites is my combination of Brie, figs, pecans and candied cranberries wrapped in flaky puff pastry.  Puff pastry baked to golden perfection with warm Brie bubbling out as you cut through the delectable pastry.  One of my guilty pleasures to indulge in occasionally!

Golden Backed Brie with Figs in Puff Pastry

1/2 package of frozen puff pastry (one sheet)
1  egg
1 teaspoon water
1/2 cup fig spread
1/3 cup dried cranberries, softened (microwave in small bowl with 1 teaspoon water on low for 30 seconds)
1/4 cup toasted chopped pecans
1 (8 ounce) Brie Round

Thaw the pastry sheet at room temperature for 20 minutes.  Preheat oven to 400 F. Mix egg and water. Unfold pastry sheet on lightly floured surface.  Roll into 12" square. Cut pastry to make a 10 inch circle. Spread fig spread to within 1 inch of pastry edge. Sprinkle cranberries and pecans. Place cheese round on top. Brush edges with egg mixture.  Fold two opposite sides over cheese. Trim remaining two sides to 2" from edge of cheese.  fold these two side on the Brie. Press edges to seal. Place seam side down on baking sheet.  Decorate top with rolled out reaming pastry.  I used a mini leaf cookie cutter for a fall them. Brush with egg mixture. Bake 20 minutes or until golden.  Let stand 1 hour. Serve with crackers.



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