Baked Christmas Brie Recipe

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  1. 1. Stir together the flour, salt, and instant yeast in a 4-quart bowl (or in the bowl of an electric mixer). With a large metal spoon, stir in the oil and the cold water until the flour is all absorbed (or mix on low speed with the paddle attachment), If you are mixing by hand, repeatedly dip one of your hands or the metal spoon into cold water and use it, much like a dough hook, to work the dough vigorously into a smooth mass while rotating the bowl in a circular motion with the other hand. Reverse the circular motion a few times to develop the gluten further. Do this for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and the ingredients are evenly distributed. If you are using an electric mixer, switch to the dough hook and mix on medium speed for 5 to 7 minutes, or as long as it takes to create a smooth, sticky dough. The dough should clear the sides of the bowl but stick to the bottom of the bowl. If the dough is too wet and doesn't come off the sides of the bowl, sprinkle in some more flour just until it clears the sides. If it clears the bottom of the bowl, dribble in a teaspoon or two of cold water. The finished dough will be springy, elastic, and sticky, not just tacky, and register 50 to 55F.
  2. 2. Sprinkle flour on the counter and transfer the dough to the counter. Prepare a sheet pan by lining it with baking parchment and misting the parchment with spray oil (or lightly oil the parchment). Using a metal dough scraper, cut the dough into 6 equal pieces (or larger if you are comfortable shaping large doughs), You can dip the scraper into the water between cuts to keep the dough from sticking to it, Sprinkle flour over the dough. Make sure your hands are dry and then flour them. Lift each piece and gently round it into a ball. If the dough sticks to your hands, dip your hands into the flour again. Transfer the dough balls to the sheet pan, Mist the dough generously with spray oil and slip the pan into a food-grade plastic bag.
  3. 3. Put the pan into the refrigerator overnight to rest the dough, or keep for up to 3 days. (Note: If you want to save some of the dough for future baking, you can store the dough balls in a zippered freezer bag. Dip each dough ball into a bowl that has a few tablespoons of oil in it, rolling the dough in the oil, and then put each ball into a separate bag. You can place the bags into the freezer for up to 3 months. Transfer them to the refrigerator the day before you plan to make the baked brie.)
  4. 4. On the day you plan to make the baked brie, remove the desired number of dough balls from the refrigerator 2 hours before making the baked brie. Dust the counter with flour, and then mist the counter with spray oil. Place the dough balls on top of the floured counter and sprinkle them with flour; dust your hands with flour. Gently press the dough into flat disks about 1/2 inch thick and 5 inches in diameter. Sprinkle the dough with flour, mist it again with spray oil, and cover the dough loosely with plastic wrap or a food-grade plastic bag. Let rest for 2 hours.
  5. 5. At least 45 minutes before making the baked brie, place a baking stone either on the floor of the oven (for gas ovens), or on a rack in the lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven as hot as possible, up to 800F (most home ovens will go only to 500 to 550F, but some will go higher). If you do not have a baking stone, you can use the back of a sheet pan, but do not preheat the pan.
  6. 6. Generously dust a peel or the back of a sheet pan with semolina flour or cornmeal. Make the doughs one at a time. Dip your hands, including the backs of your hands and knuckles, in flour and lift I piece of dough by getting under it with a pastry scraper. Very gently lay the dough across your fists and carefully stretch it by bouncing the dough in a circular motion on your hands, carefully giving it a little stretch with each bounce. If it begins to stick to your hands, lay it down on the floured counter and reflour your hands, then continue shaping it. Once the dough has expanded outward. If you have trouble tossing the dough, or if the dough keeps springing back, let it rest for 5 to 20 minutes so the gluten can relax, and try again. You can also resort to using a rolling pin, though this isn't as effective as the toss method.
  7. 7. When the dough is stretched out to your satisfaction (about 9 to 12 inches in diameter for a 6-ounce piece of dough), lay it on the peel or pan, making sure there is enough semolina flour or cornmeal to allow it to slide.
  8. 8. Coat one side of the dough with Trader Joe's Mesquite honey, add walnuts and sweetened, dried cranberries as you deem appropriate.
  9. 9. Prepare a mixture of melted butter and Trader Joe's Mesquite honey to baste the baked brie every three minutes during the baking process.
  10. 10. Wrap the dough around the brie, walnuts, and dried cranberries. Remove the baked brie from the oven and transfer to a cutting board. Wait 3 to 5 minutes before slicing and serving, to allow the brie to set slightly. Decorate with walnuts, dried cranberries, more Mesquite honey and sprigs of rosemary (to simulate Christmas trees).
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 166.79 Kcal (698 kJ)
Calories from fat 113.88 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.65g 19%
Cholesterol 30.37mg 10%
Sodium 314.9mg 13%
Potassium 19.2mg 0%
Total Carbs 11.79g 4%
Sugars 0.02g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.37g 1%
Protein 2.23g 4%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 5%
Calcium 4.7mg 0%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 431.43 Kcal (1806 kJ)
Calories from fat 294.58 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32.73g 19%
Cholesterol 78.55mg 10%
Sodium 814.54mg 13%
Potassium 49.66mg 0%
Total Carbs 30.5g 4%
Sugars 0.04g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.96g 1%
Protein 5.78g 4%
Vitamin A 0.4mg 5%
Iron 0.1mg 0%
Calcium 12.1mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 4.3
  • 5

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • sugar free

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