For some reason, when you combine the tastes of cheese and fruits, you get a result that is truly amazing. Some examples of this are things like cheesecakes, dessert bars, and even tarts. In addition to tasting great, these kinds of desserts are extremely impressive to guests and can often bring a wonderful touch of elegance to your dining experience. What is really amazing is how easy some of these types of desserts be to make. Take, for example, this recipe for cranberry-brie tarts. It really only takes about 20 minutes of combined prep and cook time before they are ready to eat, and they are amazingly good. Try these cranberry-brie tarts out the next time you are in the mood for a great tasting, easy to make dessert.
- 15 miniature phyllo shells
- 8 ounces Brie cheese
- 2/3 cup whole cranberry sauce
- Prepare the phyllo shells. Begin making your cranberry-brie tarts by baking the phyllo shells. Phyllo shells are a type of pastry shell that can be purchased at many grocery stores across the country, and don't really cost that much. Simply follow the directions for baking them as printed by the manufacturer on the packaging. After having baked them, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.
- Prepare the cheese. Before you begin preparing the cheese, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Brie typically comes covered in a wax rind that will need to be removed before you can use it. Trim the rind away from the brie, and then begin to cut the cheese into small portions. Ideally, you should cut the cheese into 15 equal portions. While they do not have to be perfectly equal in size, try to make them as close as possible. When the brie has been cut, place a single piece of cheese into each of the shells, and then place the shells on a cookie sheet.
- Bake the tarts. Once you have placed a piece of cheese into each of the shells, it is time to bake the tarts. Place the baking sheet into the oven, and allow everything to bake for five minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Once the cheese has melted, remove the tarts from the oven.
- Top with cranberry. Top each of the cheese tarts with about one teaspoon of whole-berry cranberry sauce. While the best type of cranberry sauce to use is from scratch, you can use premade sauce. The only real requirement is that it is a sauce that has whole berries. After topping, place on a serving dish and enjoy!
This recipe will provide 15 servings, which is the number of phyllo shells that come in the package. If you would like to increase the number of servings, purchase another package of shells, and increase the rest of the ingredients appropriately.
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