Culture & Cuisine | Brie en Croûte Recipe

Quite a while ago, La Marinière asked me what foods I prepare for picnics in response to a post I wrote on inexpensive date ideas. I promised her that I would write about it, and so today I’d like to share a recipe for one of my all-time favorite picnic foods.

This recipe has become pretty popular amongst my family – my mom even made a variation of it using cranberry chutney that my dad had made. You can really use any flavor preserve/jelly as part of the recipe (it’s up to you). You can also use pecans or walnuts instead of almonds.

Here is picnic food #1:



  • Puff pastry sheet
  • One egg whisked with a bit of water
  • Cranberry jelly (I used the one that my father makes)
  • Diced almonds
  • Round of brie


I made my puff pastry sheet from scratch, but I recommend buying one already made from the store as it is quicker to put together for a picnic and doesn’t require preparation the day before.

Preheat the oven to 400F or about 200C

Prepare your board with flour and lay the puff pastry out.

Spread the cranberry jelly out on the center of the pastry sheet, as much as you prefer.

Sprinkle almonds over the cranberry jelly and then place the brie on top.

Fold the excess dough over the cheese so that the contents are completely covered and then flip it over entirely so that the excess is at the bottom.

Use a brush to coat the dough with the water and egg mixture.

Sprinkle a few more almonds over the top for decoration.

Place in the oven for 20 minutes on a baking tray or until golden brown.

That’s it!

What are some of your favorite family recipes? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

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