A scrummy addition to any festive Christmas party spread!
- Shop bought (17 1/4 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
- lb Brie cheese
- Cranberry sauce (purchased or homemade – we like to encourage home making but we know how busy we all get over Christmas!)
Fire up your wood fired oven as per usual. Bring the oven up to maximum temperature, ensuring the oven is saturated with heat (the more heat ‘invested’ in the oven, the longer your baking phase will be.) This recipe is perfect after roasting or pizza cooking as the oven is already hot and saturated with heat. Let the oven temperature gradually cool to baking temperature, for this recipe around 250° C. Sweep all the embers out and place the door in the doorway. For more detail see our Cooking Techniques guide.
For the home made cranberry sauce, you’ll need:
- 1 packet of fresh cranberries.
- 170g of white caster sugar.
- The juice and zest of an orange
- 1 tsp Nutmeg
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 3 x Cloves
Wash your cranberries, drain off and set aside. Zest the orange. Do this before you extract the juice or you’ll find it almost impossible to get the zest. Measure out the sugar, and pop it into a cast iron pot, along with the cranberries and orange juice.
Bring up to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes or so. The cranberries will begin to burst and the juice will turn a nice deep red. At this point it’s nice to add some spices along with your orange zest. We like to use a few cloves, a pinch of cinnamon and some freshly grated nutmeg. Throw them all in the pan of bubbling cranberries to add a bit of that seasonal warmth.
As soon as it comes to the boil again, remove the pot from the oven.
For the parcels:
With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the sheets into approximately 3 inch x 3 inch squares. Press each square into a muffin cavity.
Cube the cheese – about a 3/4 inch cube for each (you may have a little cheese left over). Place a cube of brie in the center of each puff pastry square. Top the brie with a small dollop (about 2 tsp) of cranberry sauce.
Bake for about 10 minutes or until puff pastry corners are toasted golden brown & the sauce and cheese is lightly bubbling for that authentic wood fired look!