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Witch's Purse

Keep it simple by preparing just about everything ahead of time.

All You OCTOBER 2005

  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Cost Per Serving:$1.17


  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of a 17.3 oz. package)
  • 1 (8 oz.) wheel of Brie
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 Tbsp. water
  • Kumquats and clusters of grapes, for garnish


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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 282
  • Fat: 19g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Carbohydrate: 18g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 55mg
  • Sodium: 331mg

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