Keep it simple by preparing just about everything ahead of time.
All You OCTOBER 2005
Defrost sheet of puff pastry at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F. Unfold pastry.
Center Brie on pastry sheet. Spread jam over cheese. Sprinkle evenly with almonds. Bring corners of sheet together above Brie and twist gently to form a bundle. Tie gathered pastry at neck with kitchen twine. Chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Place Witch's Purse on a parchment-lined baking sheet and brush lightly with beaten egg. Bake until pastry is golden all over, 25 to 30 minutes. Place on a platter garnished with fresh kumquats and grapes, if desired. Let sit 10 to 15 minutes before serving; let guests cut wedges.
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