Baked Brie with Port Syrup and Crostinis from Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe
Cited as one of the Santa Ynez Valley’s top dining destinations, the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe is renowned for its fabulous, farm-to-table menu which encompasses made-from-scratch ingredients and local organic produce from their own farm. Here is the recipe for the Cafe’s popular Baked Brie appetizer which you can easily prepare right at home.
Ingredients: 1 Wedge Brie Cheese (3 inches at the top) 1 Piece 4 x 4 Puff Pastry ½ Cup Toasted Hazelnuts, Chopped 1 Egg, Beaten 1/8 Tsp Cinnamon ½ Bottle Port Wine ½ Cup Sugar Toasted Crostinis
Method: Cut the brie in half horizontally. Sprinkle half of the hazelnuts onto one side of the brie and sandwich back together with a little pressure. Roll out the puff pastry to 6 x 6. Place the brie in the middle of the dough so the tip of the cheese is pointing towards a corner of the pastry. Fold the pastry around the brie like a present. Apply the egg wash at any seams. Add the cinnamon to remaining egg wash and brush the pastry completely. Put seam side down in an oiled, nonstick pan and place in a 400 degree oven till golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Method for Port Syrup: Add the sugar and Port together in a non-reactive, small pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Reduce the liquid to a syrupy consistency. Remove from heat and let stand until at room temperature, then chill. Serve the baked brie with the port syrup, a petite salad, the reserved hazelnuts and freshly toasted crostinis.