I made this pumpkin-shaped baked brie for a little fall get together a few weeks ago and it was cute enough (and tasty, too!) that I wanted to share here before all of your Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving festivities. It’s the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving Day or a potluck-style Friendsgiving, too.
For starters, I cannot take any credit. I saw this Reel on Instagram from @ainttooproudtomeg and knew I had to try to recreate!
A few notes after having made it… Use more of the egg wash than you think! That’s what’s going to give you the nice golden color on your pumpkin. I’d even pop it under the broiler for a minute or two at the end to make sure it gets nice and toasted! I used apple butter to stay on theme for our fall night, but I’d use a more flavorful jam next time, like apricot, fig, or even a hot pepper variety! For the life of me, I couldn’t find a thick pretzel stick without committing to buying a giant tub, so I used a Slim Jim for the instead. Also, is there a run on puff pastry?? It took me at least four grocery stores to find a box in stock, and it was their last one. (FYI: It’s in the freezer section!)
- 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed
- 1 wheel of Brie
- ⅓ cup jam of choice
- 1 egg white, beaten
- 1 pretzel stick
- 2 fresh sage leaves
- Baker’s twine
- Crackers of choice (I love Raincoast Crisps!)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Lay puff pastry on parchment paper and add jam in the center. Place Brie on top of butter.
3. Wrap pastry puff around the brie and pinch edges to seal it. Cut off excess pastry.
4. Wrap Baker’s Twine around the brie. Space the strings out evenly. (Watch this video a few times to get the hang of it!)
5. Flip everything over so the neater side is on the top and apply the egg wash to the outside.
6. Bake in oven for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Allow to cool for several minutes, then carefully cut + remove the string.
8. For the finishing touches, lay sage leaves in center and use the pretzel stick to “tuck” them into the pumpkin baked brie.