Tobins' Tastes: Baked Brown Sugar Pecan & Brie Bites

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Baked Brown Sugar Pecan & Brie Bites

How perfect is that?

I love brie in puff pastry. It is one of my signature appetizers to serve at parties at our house. When it comes out of the oven our friends and family decent upon it like hungry vultures. They can devour a large wheel of brie en croute faster than you can ever imagine.

This does however pose some problems. First of all, the serving plate is only so big. There is a limited amount of space for people to gather around it fighting for melted cheese. Second, it can be difficult with a large puff pastry to get the right ratio of pastry to brie to filling. Third, it can get messy. Cheese and filling end up everywhere and peoples hands leave sticky marks all over.

This little baby solves all those problems. I saw them on Pinterest (via months ago and I finally got around to making them for Justin and I's tapas style Valentine's dinner this week. I based mine on the original recipe just using what I had on had (I did not buy phyllo mini tarts as suggested, I just made my own from the scraps of phyllo dough I had in the fridge left over from Lightened Up Chicken Pot Pie).

I left the pecans out of this one to see which I liked better. Pecans won.

They were exactly as I imagined them: the perfect ratio of cheese to phyllo to sweet filling. They were surprisingly easy and I can imagine that you could make all kinds of adaptations of them.

Baked Brown Sugar Pecan & Brie Bites
  • Phyllo dough sheets or pre packages mini tarts
  • Brie, cubed into half inch pieces
  • Pecans
  • Brown Sugar
  • Honey (I used local, wild flower honey and it was amazing)
1.) Lightly spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.

2.) Cut phyllo dough into 1 1/2 inch squares. (I used a pastry cutter). You could also use the pre made tarts.

3.) I used about 4-5 layers of dough for each tart and pressed it into the muffin tin. Lightly spray the dough with cooking spray so it doesn't burn.

Please excuse the excess of cooking spray on the tin.
4.) Place a cube of brie in each piece of dough. 

5.) Top each one with 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon pecans and a little drop of honey.

6.) Bake at 375 degrees until cheese is melted and dough is golden brown.

7.) Let them cool for a few minutes before removing them from the pan. I used a spoon to help me lift them out without breaking the shells.

8.) Watch them disappear! Enjoy!

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