Today, I begin my own version of the 12 days of Christmas. I struggled a bit trying to decide when to start my 12 days. Technically, I think that the twelve days start on Christmas and continue through the eve of the Epiphany.
Unfortunately, that would give no one any time to “follow” the twelve days before Christmas. I know you’ll forgive me for joining so many others in presenting my 12 days before Christmas. My second decision was whether to start on the 12th (ending on the 24th) or start on the 13th (ending on Christmas Day). That decision was made easier as I went to bed before posting on the 12th.
“A Partridge in a Pear Brie” Recipe
I had already made cranberry sauce for another recipe, but you can use canned whole berry cranberry sauce. Not pictured, Monsieur Egg Yolk (he will appear later, in a cameo appearance).
The attached pdf file has a template for the partridge in a pear tree.
- 1/2 Pear - washed and cored (you may leave the peel on)
- 1 Box Prepared pie shells (2 shells)
- 8 oz Wheel of Brie
- 1/3 cup Whole berry cranberry sauce
- 1/2 tsp Freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 Egg yolk
- 1 tsp water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Slice washed and cored pear into thin slices.
- I love slicing pears. I always feel so competent. I think I'll bask in that feeling for awhile (and eat some of the pear, perhaps).
- On one of the pie shells, spread the cranberry sauce in a circle smaller than the wheel of brie.
- Place pear slices over the cranberries. Be sure to completely cover the cranberries.
- Grate nutmeg over the pear slices.
- Oh, smell that nutmeg. I absolutely LOVE nutmeg.
- Place brie on top of cranberry/pear mixture.
- Gently fold pie crust over the brie and seal.
- Turn wrapped brie over and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or grease pan).
- You could stop here and not put the lattice on the brie. Once people start eating, no one will notice that this is rather....plain.
- Cut 1/4 inch strips from other pie shell.
- Lattice the strips over the crust covered brie.
- If you really, really don't want to do the lattice (it's easier than you think) you might cut out some leaves from the dough and place the leaves on the ball (it will look a little like a pear tree).
- Whisk egg yolk with 1 tsp water.
- Gently brush egg wash over the brie.
- If you don't want to brush an egg wash over the brie, that will be okay. I just like the sheen.
- Place in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
- Serve with crackers and enjoy.
- Using template on provided file (Partridge Template.pdf), cut out partridge image, glue on to small barbecue stick and place in middle of cooked brie.