Brie Parcels with Marmalade

by Jo

Cheese lovers: this is perfect party food. Whether it’s an addition to a buffet or grazing board, or a starter for dinner guests. These brie parcels are slathered with rich marmalade and thyme to create a wonderful depth of flavour.

My brie parcels are incredibly simple to make and can be made as big or small as you like, depending on whether you want them for starters or finger foods.

Entertaining is about maximising time with friends and family, whilst ensuring everyone has a delicious time too. For that reason this recipe uses ready made pastry. It’s quick and easy and no one will know the difference.

Brie Parcels Recipe with Marmalade and Thyme.

Cranberry is always the go-to for pairing brie with a condiment. For me, marmalade is just as delicious a pairing with brie, if not more so! It has a rich bitter orange tang that goes so incredibly well with the creaminess of the brie. Finished with an infusion of fresh thyme and you have such a lovely medley of flavours.

Ingredients

  • Ready rolled puff pastry
  • Brie cut into small squares
  • Marmalade
  • Fresh thyme
  • Egg wash
  • Seasoning and sugar to finish

The beauty of this recipe is you needn’t be exact and you can adapt to make the brie parcels as big or as small as you like.

Method

Pre-heat your oven to 200c.

Cut the ready rolled pastry into squares. For starters I recommend a sheet of pastry making 6 squares. Go smaller for finger foods.

Place a square of brie diagonally in the centre of the pastry square. Spoon on top a generous dollop of marmalade and sprinkle over fresh thyme.

Bring the corners of the pastry up over the top of the brie and lightly seal.

Brush with beaten egg and finish the pastry with salt, pepper and a sprinkling of sugar. Bake for 15 minutes.

The pastry will puff and bloom out as it bakes, creating a lovely parcel around your melted brie.

Recipe Overview

Brie Parcels with Marmalade

Delicious melted brie parcels with a rich marmalade hit. Perfect party food.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: English
Keyword: brie, Brie parcels, marmalade, party food
Servings: 6
Calories: 375kcal
Cost: £2.00

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Pastry brush
  • Non-stick baking tray

Ingredients

  • 1 Ready rolled puff pastry
  • 1 Brie, cut into squares
  • 1 Marmalade
  • 1 Fresh thyme
  • 1 Egg wash
  • 1 Seasoning and sugar to finish

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 200c.
  • Cut the ready rolled pastry into squares - choose a size suitable for your needs.
  • Place a square of brie diagonally in the centre of the pastry square. Spoon on top a generous dollop of marmalade and sprinkle over fresh thyme. 
  • Bring the corners of the pastry up over the top of the brie and lightly seal. 
  • Brush with beaten egg and finish the pastry with salt, pepper and a sprinkling of sugar.
  • Bake for 15 minutes

Pastry Alternatives

Puff pastry is wonderful for creating the perfect brie parcel. By bringing up the corners of the pastry and lightly sealing it allows the base of the parcel to cook and form in the oven, acting as a cradle for the brie. The corners of pastry then slowly puff out (like a little pastry flower!) to reveal the marmalade and brie centre. It is such a picture perfect appetiser.

You can of course experiment with other pastry if you like. Brie parcels made of filo are also fantastic. If you were to try this alternative you may with to use muffin tins to create a mould for the filo to create that cradle for the brie.

Just like puff pastry you will find ready made filo in large supermarkets. For instances like entertaining I think it is absolutely fine to cut corners where the difference in the end product is minimal. Save time outside of the kitchen to enjoy being with your friends and family.

What brie to use?

You can of course use any brie that you fancy – they will all do the job. If I am treating myself I will buy a brie from my local farm shop. This will usually cost just a few pounds and for small gatherings is the perfect amount.

As for brie available in supermarkets I really like President brie. It has quite a strong flavour to it and this works great with the sweet and salty elements of this brie parcels recipe.

Marmalade: bits of no bits?

You can buy marmalade with the orange rind included, or ‘shredless’ meaning it is smooth. I guess a bit like peanut butter – everyone has a preference! And feel free to go with whatever your preference is. For me, I like to use ‘fine cut’ marmalade for this recipe. Orange peel can be quite long and thick sometimes and I think this can interfere with both the neat wrapping of the parcels and the texture of the brie parcel once baked. Have a good look at the jar before picking your brand.

Sugar on the pastry

This I think really makes these brie parcels. Sprinkle quite a generous about of sugar (whatever you have) onto the egg washed pastry and it will bake into a delicious light crust. It makes a wonderful contract in texture to the melted brie. The sweet and salty crust of the pastry is absolutely delicious. Yep – sugar to finish is a must to take the brie parcels to the next level!

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