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Baked Brie with Brandied Raisins

Baked Brie with Brandied Raisins
YIELDS
6 servings
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Ingredients

Pastry

3
cup all purpose flour
¾
tsp salt
1 ½
Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1
cup cold water
1 ⅓
cup unsalted butter, chilled but not cold

Filling

1
cup raisins
4
Tbsp brandy
1
tsp orange zest
1
wheel brie (about 6 to 8 inches across)
2
Tbsp honey

Egg Wash Glaze

1
egg mixed with
2
Tbsp water
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Directions

Step 1

Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Add 1 1/2 Tbsp melted butter and cut in with fingers until mealy and evenly distributed (this will help the flour take on the water easily). Pour in water and mix until dough becomes a soft ball. Score a cross in the top, wrap and chill for 20 minutes.

Step 2

Pound out 1 1/3 cups of butter between two sheets of parchment or plastic until it is about a 3 by 5-inch rectangle. If you can roll without much resistance, then butter is too soft, and chill for a few minutes.

Step 3

On a lightly floured surface, roll out flour dough to a rectangle about 8 by 10-inch rectangle. Place flattened butter in the centre of the dough and fold up edges of dough so that no butter is exposed. Roll out gently to stretch the rectangle shape longer. Fold over pastry into thirds, one layer overlapping the other. Wrap and chill for an hour. Roll pastry again into a rectangle, about ½-inch thick. Fold long edges over so they meet in the middle and then fold again, just like a book. Wrap and chill for an hour.

Step 4

Repeat process again folding in three, and once more time folding in book fold, chilling for a while after each roll.

Step 5

For filling, let raisins steep in 3 Tbsp brandy and orange zest for 20 minutes. Roll out puff pastry to a circle about ¼-inch thick and sprinkle raisins in centre of pastry. Mix remaining 1 Tbsp brandy with honey and brush over surface of brie. Turn honey-side down over raisins and bring up edges of pastry to cover brie, trimming excess dough and using egg wash to seal. Turn pastry parcel onto a parchment lined baking sheet and brush with egg wash. You can use extra puff pastry trimmings to make cutout garnishes and draw a pattern on egg washed surface with a skewer. Dock top of pastry and chill until ready to serve.

Step 6

Preheat oven to 425° F. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until pastry is a rich golden brown.

Step 7

Let sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve warm – let everyone help themselves!

Step 8

Yield: 1 pastry. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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