December 2, 2010

Perfect Baked Brie in Filo for a Party: Webisode #51 & Holiday Camera Giveaway!


What’s Going on Today: Preparing for daughter’s birthday party while she naps.

Naptime Goals: Set-up the birthday cake, popcorn, spiced up chex mix, cheeses, dip, cookies, lollipops, smoked salmon and baked brie.

Today’s Menu: See above: a mix of kid food and adult food to please everyone attending. Bar stocked with Champagne, beer, wine & sodas!

Parenting Lesson of the Day: Little kids will never know if you forget to put out the cocktail napkins!

While we were in Cooperstown for Thanksgiving we celebrated my daughter’s birthday. I can’t believe how quickly time has flown, it seems like just yesterday we brought her home! Reflecting on how quickly she has grown nearly brought tears to my eyes, but just nearly. This year there was no time for crying, we had a party to throw! I filmed the whole ordeal and made it into a great webisode and while I was doing so decided to give away a camera for my holiday giveaway #4. For details on how to enter to win a Kodak Zx1 Pocket Video Camera (courtesy of moi, this is not a sponsored giveaway) see details at the end of this post.

Luckily, my parents are expert party-throwers and weren’t at all daunted at my request we throw a proper party on the actual day of her birthday. In fact, they embraced it wholeheartedly. There was coordinated decor (light blue, per my daughter’s request), a terrific menu and loads of good friends. They even commissioned a special “blue lollipop birthday cake” since that is what she so desperately wanted. My contribution to the party was the creamy baked brie with jam and almonds. It’s is my favorite go-to holiday appetizer that is an absolute snap to make. I prepared it while my daughter napped and popped it in the oven right before the party that evening!

Baked Brie in Filo

With all the upcoming holiday events it is crucial everyone have some delicious appetizer recipes in their repertoire and this one is hard to beat. Simply top a round of brie with a few teaspoons of your favorite jam and a handful of sliced almonds, wrap it in a few layers of filo dough – each layer brushed with butter – and pop it in the oven to warm up. It is decadent without being too delicate, guests love to dive in and spread it on pieces of melba toast or crispy crackers. Each bite seems to satisfy all the senses at once. The sweet jam melts into the warm brie, while the almonds and filo give it a subtle buttery crunch. I know our friends were eager samplers, we went through a whole round in under an hour. Then we went through the cake in less than half that time.

To Enter to win a Kodak Zx1 Pocket Video Camera to film your own websiodes:

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3) Leave me a comment telling me what you’d like to film while you celebrate the holidays this year.

4) Contest runs through Thursday December 2nd through Friday December 10th at 11:59pm ET.

Recipe

Baked Brie in Filo with Jam & Almonds

Ingredients

 6-8 sheets frozen Filo dough, thawed in the refrigerator
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 round brie (approximately 5-6 inches around)
3 tablespoons jam of choice (apricot, fig or cherry taste especially great)
1 tablespoon sliced almonds

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

2. Melt the butter in the microwave and keep in a small bowl to cool.

3. On a flat surface place a single sheet of filo dough. Lightly brush it with some of the melted butter. In the center of the filo dough toss the almonds in the center, forming a circle about as wide as the brie. Top the almonds with even dollops of the jam and lightly spread the jam so that it evenly covers the almonds. Then, place the brie round on top of the jam and fold up the sides of the filo dough, followed by the ends, like you are wrapping a present. Pat around the brie so that everything is snuggly tucked in.

4. Place a second sheet of filo on a flat surface and brush it with butter. Then place the wrapped brie on top of this dough and repeat the wrapping process. Repeat this butter/wrapping procedure with the remaining sheets of filo dough. When this is complete, flip the wrapped brie so that it is seam side down in a oven-proof baker. Brush the tops and sides of the dough with the very last remaining bit of butter.

5. Bake the brie for 30 minutes, or until the filo dough is lightly browned and puffed up. Serve warm with a spreading knife and a platter of crispy crackers and toasts.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

The brie can easily be wrapped ahead of time and kept in the fridge until just before baking. Be sure to bring it to room temperature before baking. The brie will hold it’s shape after baking so it can be placed in a baker that is larger then the actual cheese.

Naptime Stopwatch

10 minutes for brie preparation, plus baking time.

Naptime Reviews

Last week I made this with apricot-orange jam, but nearly any kind of jam is amazing. Try a tart cherry or blackberry, or a sweet fig.

More Naptime Recipes

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