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Honey Brie, Sour Cherry and Pastry


Upside down puff pastry recipes have been a real trend lately. I like to make them because they’re one of those things that are actually very easy to make, they just look complicated. Once you get to know the method it’s very easy to figure out how to make lots of variations with different flavors. Sometimes I make them sweet, other times I make them savory. Today I’m doing both and making a Honey Brie & Sour Cherry Puff Pastry. It’s both savory and sweet and can be used as a light snack, appetizer, or dessert. 

In a way this reminds me of a cheese danish. Brie is a mild, creamy cheese and it pairs beautifully with the sour cherry flavors and honey drizzle. I love that it’s just a little savory without being over-the-top. In this version I use sour cherry preserves, but you can use raspberry preserves or almost any other red berry flavor. I like the way the fruit and cheese compliment each other. The honey is simply used as a sweet drizzle at the end to tie it all together. 

A few notes about working with puff pastry. I always use frozen puff pastry because making it myself is far too difficult. When working with it, work quickly. When it gets too soft it’s really hard to work with and gets too mushy. I make sure the surface I’m using is very well floured so it doesn’t stick to anything. Then, we get the pastries assembled and into the oven as expediently as possible. These definitely taste the best when they’re freshly baked and the cheese is melted so be sure to get them right out and onto the serving platter when they’re ready. That’s when everyone will want to eat them up! 

I hope you enjoy these delicious method for making a sweet and savory upside down puff pastry as much as we do! 




Honey, Brie, and Sour Cherry Upside-Down Puff Pastry 


This is such a fun sweet and savory pastry. It combines so many ingredients that are common in Greek food and prominently features one of my favorite flavors, sour cherry. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed 

  • 4 ounces Brie cheese, thinly sliced 

  • 1/4 cup sour cherry sour  

  • 2 tablespoons honey 

  • 1 Egg 

  • Water for egg wash 

  • Sprinkle powder sugar (garnish optional)  

 

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it with butter or cooking spray. 

  1. Prepare the Puff Pastry: 

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry sheet slightly to smooth out any creases and enlarge it slightly. 

  • Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut the puff pastry into four equal squares. 

  1. Assemble the Pastries: 

  • Spread a thin layer of sour cherry preserves on the bottom of each square of puff pastry. 

  • Arrange the thinly sliced Brie cheese on top sour cherry, covering the surface of each pastry square. 

  • Drizzle honey over the Brie cheese, distributing it evenly among the pastries. 

  1. Fold and Seal the Pastries: 

  • Carefully fold the corners of each puff pastry square towards the center, slightly overlapping them to create a rustic, folded appearance. 

  • Press down gently on the folded edges to seal them together. 

  1. Bake the Pastries: 

  • Place the assembled puff pastry squares on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between each pastry. 

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden brown, and the Brie cheese is melted and bubbly. 

  1. Serve: 

  • Remove the pastries from the oven and let them cool slightly on the baking sheet. 

  • Carefully transfer the warm pastries to serving plates, ensuring that the folded edges remain intact. 

  • Serve the honey, Brie, and sour cherry upside-down puff pastries warm as a delightful appetizer, snack, or dessert. 

 

 

 

 


 



Nikki Glekas is the owner of Nikki Glekas Events, a full-service catering and events company located in Stamford, CT.. To discuss further please contact team@nikkiglekascollective.com or call 203.658.8659.

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