Easy to assemble puff pastries filled with brie, fig and apple make a wonderful, sweet little appetizer to set out at your next gathering.
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When thinking about fanci-ish appetizers to set out for parties what comes to mind is brie. I recently attended a games-and-appetizers gathering and one of the treats we had was a pastry-wrapped wheel of brie, with a modest amount of fig jam in the center of the round.
The bite of brie, pastry, and fig that I tried was wonderful, creamy, and sweet. The preserves are sweet with that beautiful flavor held by dried fruit like figs, dates, and raisins. A friend of mine who works for Vermont's Lake Champlain Chocolates (and who has the enviable task of researching and testing new flavors) told me that the official name for that flavor is “brown fruit”.
That flavor combination stayed with me and popped to mind while thinking up new apps ideas.
Why you'll love this recipe
To keep this recipe for Fig & Brie Mini Pastries on the easy side, use frozen puff pastry that's almost always to be found in the freezer case at the store. The puff pastry gets tucked into mini muffin pan wells. Into these, place a bit of brie, a bit of tart, diced apple tossed in cinnamon, and a bit of fig preserves.
You should be able to find fig preserves in the grocery aisle with other jams (top shelf, probably!) Stonewall Kitchen has a nice one as does Bonne Mamman.
You can also make your own quicky fig preserves, which is what I did! The steps to do this are part of my recipe for Ocracoke Island Fig Cake recipe (tap here). Follow the Step 1 directions and with dried figs, sugar, and lemon you will have a quick batch of fig preserves in no time.
The result is delicate little puffs that you can set out warm on a tray for folks to help themselves. The brie gets melty, and the apples have a little toothsome bite.
🔪 How to make Apple, Brie, and Fig Jam Mini Puff Pastries
Step 1: Prep the apple and cheese
Peel the apple and slice it into small pieces. Toss them in cinnamon. Then slice up the Brie.
Step 2: Roll out the pastry
Roll the puff pastry then cut it into squares. Fit the squares into a muffin pan.
Step 3: Fill the pastries
Put a bit of apple, Brie, and fig jam into each pastry square, then fold in the corners.
Step 4: Bake
Brush the pastries with a bit of egg, then bake until the pastry is puffed and browned.
Step 5: Serve!
Put out the mini puff pastries while they're still warm.
These adorable little puffs have a seductively sweet and melty center. You will love them!
The recipe for Apple, Brie, and Fig Jam Mini Puff Pastries is below, and here are more appetizer recipe ideas for you!
💬 What do you think of these sweet, little puffs? Click the stars to rate the recipe or leave a comment below!
Apple, Brie and Fig Jam Mini Puff Pastries
- 1 medium apple, a tart variety like McIntosh or Granny Smith
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 6 ounces Brie
- 3 tablespoons fig preserves
- 1 egg white
Prepare the ingredients:
- Peel and core the apple. Slice the apple into small pieces and place them in a small bowl. Add in the cinnamon and toss the apples until they are coated.
- Cut the brie into 18 pieces - they should be just about .3 ounces each, or a generous teaspoon's worth, but don't be too worried if every piece isn't exactly the same.
- Preheat oven to 400° F. Have ready a nonstick mini muffin pan (or 2 if need be, this recipe makes 18 puffs.)
Assemble the puffs:
- Have the ingredients ready: the diced apples, the brie pieces, and the fig jam, before you cut the puff pastry. Lightly flour a work surface.
- Unfold one sheet of the puff pastry on the lightly floured work surface. Roll it out just a bit with a rolling pin to make the dough a little thinner. Slice the puff pastry with a sharp knife of pizza cutter into 9 squares.
- Fit the puff pastry squares into the muffin pan, 1 square per well, fitting the dough down into the well with the edges hanging out. Repeat these steps with the second sheet of puff pastry so that you have 18 pastry shells ready. (If at any point the dough is getting too warm and difficult to work with, pop it into the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up.)
- Place a piece of brie into a pastry shell, topped with about 1 teaspoon of diced apple and then 1 teaspoon of fig preserves. Repeat this to fill the remaining pastry shells with brie, apple, and fig.
- On each pastry shell fold in two opposite corners of dough and then the other two. Pinch the dough together firmly at the top to seal it shut. Repeat these steps on all of the filled puffs.
- Mix the egg white with a teaspoon of water in a small dish. Brush the tops of the puffs with the egg white mixture. Bake the puffs for 15-20 minutes until they are puffed and browned.
- Remove the pan from the oven and place the pan on a cooling rack. Allow the puffs to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before taking them out.
- Place them on a decorative platter and serve them while they're warm.