I made exactly as written. It was beautiful when it came out of the oven, but was quite large. To make it "finger food" I had to cut it lengthwise into two pieces and then slice it. It also didn't look so pretty once it was cut - probably the reason they recommend letting each person cut their own piece. It WAS very good though. I will make it again, but next time, I will make two separate packets instead of joining the fillo dough into one large packet. Just will need to cut the brie into smaller pieces. I will also put both packets on a nice cutting board and slice in place instead of cutting it and then moving to a serving plate. Also, did not need 1 full cup of butter. I would suggest melting one stick first and then adding as you need it. Loved the flavors - it was even good after it had set out for awhile.