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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Brie and cranberry parcels

These make perfect starters and are actually more ideal for Christmas time, but I had all the ingredients in the house so couldn't resist! They're really messy and all oddly shaped (as you can see...) but I love that they're a bit different. The filo pastry I used was the jus rol brand and had actually been opened for quite a while so had dried out a fair bit, making these harder to shape - so if you use the pastry fresh then they will probably look neater and more appealing. 
*I'm not going to put exact quantities because it becomes pretty obvious when making them and it depends how many you want to make for however many people*

- Filo pastry cut into squares
- butter, melted
- brie, sliced
- cranberry sauce/jelly

1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5 / 190 degrees.
2. To make one parcel, take 3 squares and brush them with melted butter. Layer them on top of one another with the points sticking out at different angles, like a star shape.
3. Place a slice of brie in the middle and a teaspoon of cranberry sauce and lift the pastry corners up to form a parcel, pushing together gently with fingers.
4. Brush the outside with more melted butter and place on a baking tray.
5. Repeat as many times as you desire!
6. Bake in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes, or until the filling is hot and melting, and the pastry golden brown and crisp.

Enjoy :)

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