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Baked Brie en Croûte with Honey, Dried Cherries, Rosemary & Pecans

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Voila! Party-perfect baked brie en croûte—plus a foolproof method for wrapping the cheese that makes this appetizer a showstopper.

baked brie en croute on platter with rosemary

When it comes to festive appetizers, you can never go wrong with brie en croûte—that’s just a fancy French way of saying baked brie in a pastry crust. My go-to version is a delicious combination of warm, melty brie, honey, dried cherries, and pecans, all encased in golden puff pastry. Thanks to store-bought puff pastry, it’s just as easy to make as it is impressive. Typically, wrapping the brie in one large sheet of puff pastry can lead to a thick, doughy bottom layer that doesn’t cook through. To counter this, I sandwich the brie between two smaller pieces of puff pastry, crimping the edges with a fork. This technique not only seals in the cheese but also ensures that both the top and bottom layers puff up evenly, creating a flaky and uniformly golden crust all around.

“I’ve made baked brie from other recipes, but this is the easiest, most professional looking, and best tasting that I’ve ever made. Made this several times and it never disappoints.”

Phyllis

What you’ll need to make baked brie en Croûte

Step-by-Step Instructions

Begin by rolling each pastry sheet into a 12-inch square.

rolled out pastry

Trim the corners to make two circles.

cut puff pastry

Place one of the pastry circles on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

puff pastry on parchment lined baking sheet

Cut off the top rind of the cheese and place on top of the pastry. Then drizzle with honey.

brie topped with honey

Top with the dried cherries, pecans and rosemary.

nuts, pecans, and rosemary over the honey

Brush the exposed pastry with an egg wash.

brushing the pastry with egg

Place the second pastry circle on top.

topping the cheese with pastry

Press the pastry directly against the cheese and bottom pastry. Trim the pastry, leaving a 1-inch border around the cheese.

cutting the excess pastry off

Use a fork to firmly crimp the edges and seal in the cheese.

crimping the puff pastry

Brush with the egg wash.

brushing the top of the pastry with the egg wash

Next, use the scraps to make decorations. Simply cut out leaves and use a sharp knife to make indentations for the ribs.

puff pastry leaves on plate

Decorate the top of the pastry with the leaves, and a berry or two, if you like, then brush the decorations with the egg wash.

assembled brie en croute ready to bake

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let the baked Brie sit for at least 45 to 50 minutes before serving, otherwise the cheese will ooze right out. I usually bake it right before a party, and then let it rest en route. When we arrive, it’s ready to serve with fruit and crackers.

baked brie en croute on platter with rosemary

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Baked Brie en Croûte with Honey, Dried Cherries, Pecans & Rosemary

Voila! Party-perfect baked brie en croûte—plus a foolproof method for wrapping the cheese that makes this appetizer a showstopper.

Servings: 14
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes, plus about 45 minutes to cool

Ingredients

  • 2 sheets frozen Puff Pastry, thawed (I use Pepperidge Farm)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ⅓ cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 (16 oz.) Brie cheese round (about 6-inches in diameter)
  • 1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice off the top rind of the brie and discard.
  2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll each pastry sheet out to a 12-inch square. Trim the corners of each sheet to form two circles. Set the scraps aside; you'll use those later for decorations. Put one of the pastry rounds on the prepared baking sheet. Cut off the top rind of the cheese and place the Brie on top of the pastry, rind side down. Drizzle the top of the cheese with the honey, and then top with the dried cherries, pecans and rosemary.
  3. Brush the exposed edges of the pastry with the egg mixture. Cover the Brie with the other pastry circle; press against the sides of the cheese and the bottom pastry to form a tight seal. Using a pizza cutter, cut off the excess dough, leaving a generous 1-inch border. Crimp the edges firmly with a fork to seal. Brush the pastry with the egg mixture. Set aside.
  4. Using a pizza cutter or cookie cutter, cut out nine leaves (about 2-inches long and 1-inch wide) from the scraps. Use a knife to draw the ribs on the leaves, pressing down but not cutting all the way through. Place the leaves on top of the pastry in the shape of a flower, overlapping them slightly and pressing them together in the center. Brush the leaves with the egg mixture. Roll up a ½-inch ball of dough and press it in the center; brush the ball with the egg mixture.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown. Let stand for 45 minutes, then serve with fruit and crackers.
  6. Note: You can prepare this appetizer ahead of time up until the baking step; refrigerate until ready to cook.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (14 servings)
  • Calories: 167
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Sodium: 218 mg
  • Cholesterol: 46 mg

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Comments

  • My adult son, who is an excellent cook, made this for Christmas morning. It was beautiful and delicious. He knows I use your recipes all the time, Jenn, so he had been avoiding them. No more!!

    • — Barbara on December 26, 2023
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  • I love this recipe so much, I’ve made it at least a dozen times. It’s always a crowd pleaser and so easy to make ahead (the fact that it needs to cool for 45 minutes means no stress as guests arrive!)
    A couple notes: *DO NOT USE BRILLAT SAVARIN!* I learned a very expensive lesson when I tried using this triple-cream cheese. The inside of the puff pastry turned completely liquid so when I cut into it (even after waiting an hour post bake), it was an oozy, goopy mess. Tasted great, but couldn’t be served to guests. Classic Brie is the way to go. I also think it’s worth upgrading to a real butter puff pastry like DuFour.

    • — Rosie on December 21, 2023
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  • Hi Jenn,

    Love your recipes and have made this in the past and it was really well received and looks so professional! I’m having a hard time finding a 16 oz wheel of Brie. Can I stack two 8oz wheels instead and if so, how much of the rind should I cut off the bottom one? Thanks so much and happy holidays!!!

    • — Nancy on December 14, 2023
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    • Hi Nancy, So glad you like the recipes! Yes, I’d stack one on top of the other (and I’d remove the top rinds of each of them). Hope that helps and that you enjoy – happy holidays!

      • — Jenn on December 14, 2023
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  • This was super delicious, but I did substitute sour cherry preserves for the dried fruit. And just mixed the rosemary and roasted pecans into that and placed it on top. Served it with apple slices and bread. Delicious!!

    • — Ginger W on December 5, 2023
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  • Hi, can I make this 2 days ahead and keep refrigerated till ready to bake? When should I use the egg wash? Thank you!!

    • — Colleen on December 3, 2023
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    • Hi Colleen, Yes, you can make it 2 days ahead and refrigerate and regarding the egg wash, you can go either way, but ideally, I’d brush it on right before baking. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 5, 2023
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  • Jenn, I hope this isn’t too dumb, but can I ask what Brie you buy? It’s not showing the wrapper in the pic of your ingredients. I’m embarrassed to admit I know NOTHING of Brie – except I heard something about “ripeness “? Not sure what that means. I think something mild would be desirable!Thank you! (All your recipes are incredible!)

    • — MaryKathryn on November 20, 2023
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    • That’s not a dumb question! I usually buy President brand. Hope you enjoy and happy Thanksgiving!

      • — Jenn on November 21, 2023
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  • Hi I’m going as a guest to a Thanksgiving dinner and want to make this. What do I serve with it, i.e. crackers, bread, fruit?
    Thanks!

    • — Sandy on November 19, 2023
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    • Hi Sandy, all of those sound like great options to serve with the brie. Hope everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on November 20, 2023
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  • Question: how might we cook this in an air fryer? (It’s a Thanksgiving appetizer and the oven will be full of other things).

    Thx! Love love love your site.

    • — David on November 19, 2023
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    • Hi David, so glad you like the recipes! I don’t own an air fryer so unfortunately, I can’t tell you how to cook this in one. These tips may help you to convert this and other recipes for your air fryer. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

      • — Jenn on November 20, 2023
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  • This looks amazing and I want to make it for Thanksgiving. I was a little taken aback by the 45 minute sit time out of the oven. Is this a typo? It would seem the pastry and cheese would get cold and hard. Maybe there’s some magic happening in that sit time. Thank you.

    • — Janet on November 13, 2023
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    • Hi Janet, It’s not a typo – if you slice into it prior to that time, the cheese will just ooze out. The 45 minutes allows the cheese to firm up enough to make it easy for guests to help themselves.

      • — Jenn on November 14, 2023
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  • Wow wow wow. Made this yesterday for an early thanksgiving with family. It was a HIT and was the first appetizer to go. THANK YOU! Added into my regular holiday rotation.

    • — Mel on November 12, 2023
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  • Can I use pillsbury premade pie crust instead of puff pastry?

    • — Christine on October 13, 2023
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    • Hi Christine, I wouldn’t recommend it. I think it would taste good but be very crumbly when you try to cut into it. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on October 16, 2023
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  • Absolute perfection. Great when paired with a bold Cabernet at a wine taste. ❤️

    • — Kathy M. on August 10, 2023
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  • I have made this quite a few times around the winter holidays. It is always well received and so pretty on a holiday plate. This summer we made it with the puff pastry, the round of Brie and covered the Brie with a very good green Chili jam. Put a bit of lettuce at the side and it makes a most impressive salad or first course dish for 4-6 people. Green chili is our state veg so not sure everyone would like this but our bunch loves it.
    Santa Fe NM

    • — Kay on July 4, 2023
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  • I’ve made baked brie from other recipes, but this is the easiest most professional looking and best tasting that I’ve ever made. Made this several times and it never disappoints.
    Thank you Jenn

    • — Phyllis L Green on June 10, 2023
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  • Stunning and delicious. I have made this many times, and it never fails to impress!

    • — Susan Lance on February 5, 2023
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  • Hi Jenn. I’m having a baked Brie en croute emergency! My event is this evening. I’ve been to three different stores looking for puffed pastry, and no one has it in stock. Is it possible to turn this en croute recipe into a baked Brie “not en croute?” Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • — Diane Hill on February 1, 2023
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    • Hi Diane, I’m obviously weighing in too late to help — sorry! What did you end up doing with the brie?

      • — Jenn on February 2, 2023
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  • Happy New Year’s Jenn. My friends and I are creating a Cook’s Gathering event, the first session of which is scheduled for February 1st. In this first outing we’re going to learn how to make chocolate truffles – yum. I’ve volunteered to bring an appetizer, and your baked brie sounds perfect for an appetizer/wine, cooking get-together. I intend to use an 8 oz. brie rather than a 16 oz. brie since there are only four of us, and would appreciate your recommendation on how much I should reduce the baking time. Thanks!

    • — Diane Hill on January 16, 2023
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    • Hi Diane, I may reduce the baking time by 2 to 3 minutes, but not much more — you’ll want to keep it in the oven until the pastry is golden brown. Hope everyone enjoys! 🙂

      • — Jenn on January 16, 2023
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      • Thanks, Jenn, I’m also making this for just four people and was intending to use the 8oz. brie. Was happy to see the cooking time; but I’m wondering if I should cut all the ingredients by half? Thanks! I think you’ll enjoy the show “Lessons in Chemistry” whether or not you’ve read the book! Both are fabulous! Thanks again! Karen

        • — Karen Lynch on October 19, 2023
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        • Hi Karen, I’d cut the honey, cherries, pecans and rosemary in half. Regarding the puff pastry, I’m not sure if you’ll only need one sheet; I’d fold over the one sheet and eyeball it to see if you think it will fit. And thanks for the tip regarding the show — I’ve heard great things about the book!

          • — Jenn on October 19, 2023
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  • Honestly the hardest part is making a square sheet of dough into a circle!

    • — Dawn P Mann on December 31, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn, I made this last year for New Years Eve and it was beautiful to look at and delicious! I am making it again for tomorrow, could it be prepared and today and left in the fridge until tomorrow night to bake?

    Happy New Years to you and your family and thank you for always having the perfect recipe when I need one!!

    Mary

    • — Mary Smith on December 30, 2022
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    • Glad you enjoyed it! Yes, you can assemble this up to 24 hours ahead of time. Happy new year!

      • — Jenn on December 30, 2022
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  • One of the best recipes for baked Brie. If you can find White Gold Honey (product of Canada), it will really really be delicious!

    • — Jan on December 27, 2022
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  • Made this for a Christmas appetizer yesterday – it was delicious and looked great too! I used dried cranberries since I couldn’t find dried cherries at my local grocery store, but what a great topping combo with the chopped pecans, fresh rosemary and honey!

    • — Sandra H. on December 26, 2022
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  • I wanted to make this for Christmas Eve, but there’s no frozen puff pastry to be found in my local area. Shall I try to make it from scratch?

    • — Paula on December 22, 2022
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    • Hi Paula, that would be your best bet. Here’s a recipe you can use. Hope it turns out nicely!

      • — Jenn on December 23, 2022
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  • Made this for thanksgiving and it was amazing a family favorite l! Was going to make this on Christmas Eve, but we are stopping at one house on the way to where i’d bring this appetizer. Can this be warmed up in the microwave or what would be the best way to get it warm again?

    • — Colleen on December 21, 2022
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    • Hi Colleen, I’d put it in a warm oven for 10 or 15 minutes when you get to your destination. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 22, 2022
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  • Happy Holidays Jenn!
    I’m planning on making this to take to a Christmas Eve gathering. Do you think dried cranberries would work as well as dried cherries?
    Just made my annual quadruple batch of your caramelized pecans. Always a hit!

    • — Jane on December 20, 2022
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    • Hi Jane, Yes dried cranberries are perfectly fine to use here. Enjoy and happy holidays!

      • — Jenn on December 20, 2022
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  • I made this for a family gathering last night. Super easy and love that I could make it ahead and with a 40 minute sit time out of the oven, it even frees up the oven for other items. Love the rosemary – it really makes the dish!

    • — Allison on December 19, 2022
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  • Hi! If I make two at once do I need to adjust the baking time? Thanks!

    • — Mallory R Vander Kooy on December 13, 2022
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    • Hi Mallory, they may take another minute or two in the oven, but the time difference will be negligible. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 13, 2022
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  • Sorry question. When you cut off one side of the rind, do you place the cut off top face down onto the pastry and then put fig jelly, etc on the top which has the rind or the other way around? Wont cutting the top off have it ooze out?Thanks

    • — Laura Gollinger on December 11, 2022
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    • Hi Laura, you have the side without the rind face-up. And It doesn’t ooze out much because it has the nuts and dried cherries on top. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 13, 2022
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      • Hi Jenn,

        I have a 20 oz brie wheel. Do you know if this will still work with the same amount of puff pastry? What about cook time?

        Thanks for any advice!
        Lindsay

        • — Lindsay on January 5, 2023
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        • Yes, it should work with the puff pastry. The cook time may be a touch longer but not by much. Hope you enjoy!

          • — Jenn on January 6, 2023
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  • This sounds amazing! I can’t wait to make it for a dinner party! What do you usually serve this with? Any particular fruits or type of bread? Thank you!

    • — Toni on December 9, 2022
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    • Hi Toni, You can serve this with crackers. Just make sure they’re relatively plain so they don’t compete with the flavors of the cheese, etc. Also, if the brie is cool enough, you can slice it and eat it as finger food. Hope that helps, and that everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on December 12, 2022
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      • Should I toast the pecans first?

        • — Theresa Wheatley on November 23, 2023
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        • Hi Theresa, you can but it’s not necessary. Enjoy!

          • — Jenn on November 24, 2023
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  • Love your recipes as they’re always perfect. Can another type of soft cheese be substituted for the brie? Maybe Camembert? Thanks

    • — Peggy on November 22, 2022
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    • Yep that will work. Glad you enjoy the recipes!

      • — Jenn on November 22, 2022
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  • I made this recipe for pre-pandemic holiday parties and it was delicious and well received. Just made it again and substituted green Chile jelly for the cherry filling. Put a slice on a salad plate and serve with a side of lettuce for the first course or instead of salad. It’s a great method for using puff pastry. Thanks, Jenn

    • — Iris on November 12, 2022
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  • Hello Jenn:

    Will this recipe work using Brillat Savarin?

    Thank you.

    • — Colette on November 10, 2022
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    • Sure, that should work. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 11, 2022
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  • INSANELY delicious! One of my dinner guests had the rest of the dish for their dinner!!! Her comment was “I’ll just finish this if that’s ok” Sure!! Excellent and very well written.

    • — Heather Hem on September 25, 2022
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  • Question
    Can I freeze the prepared Brie and bake it when needed ?

    • — Mani Nadella on July 25, 2022
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    • Hi Mani, I don’t think it would freeze well — sorry!

      • — Jenn on July 25, 2022
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  • Made as directed and was a huge hit! Beautiful presentation!
    Thank you for the excellent tutorial. Always compliments when I make a recipe from Jen❤️

    • — Ria on July 14, 2022
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  • Jenn, I made this yesterday for my family when they all came for dinner. They raved about it all night. It was fantastic, so easy to put together and just a nice appy to go with your glass of wine.
    Thank you so much!
    Linda

    • — Linda Brook on March 7, 2022
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  • This was the most amazing baked brie ever! I prepared it for our family Thanksgiving 2021 and could not stop getting enough compliments it was gone by the end of the evening…
    I have several pictures but I don’t see where there is a place to attach them… But I would genuinely enjoy showing you how I created your amazing recipe!

    • — Linda on February 28, 2022
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    • So glad you liked it, Linda! Unfortunately, the blog isn’t set up to receive pictures but if you’re on Instagram, you can share it there; be sure to tag me @onceuponachef! If you’re not on Instagram, you can email them to me at jennifer@onceuponachef. I’d love to see them!

      • — Jenn on March 1, 2022
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  • Hello Jen, I have some home made brandied cherries in my pantry (that I use for Manhattan’s),
    do you think I could use some of these instead of dried cherries, IF I drain and dry them really, really well??
    Not asking because I cannot find dried cherries, but would like to know if you think this would add or detract from the recipe??
    Many thanks!

    • Hi Kim, I think it would work; you may just want to cut them into smaller pieces so they’re about the same size as dried cherries. Hope you enjoy!

      • Thank you Jen, cannot wait to make this for my forthcoming dinner party!!

  • Delicious! Easy to make too! I couldn’t find a round piece of brie so I used two triangular and I shaped it to look like a packet/present. It didn’t look as pretty as yours but it tasted great!

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