The Baker Upstairs

12.09.2019

Cranberry Baked Brie

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This gooey and melty cranberry baked brie is the perfect party appetizer, and so easy to make!

This gooey and melty cranberry baked brie is the perfect party appetizer, and so easy to make!

Raise your hand if you're a cheese addict like I am! When my husband and I first started dating, one of our favorite dates was to cook a meal together, and we always made a little tray of snacks to munch on while we cooked dinner. My husband developed a real knack for putting them together, and usually included things like nuts, olives, dried fruit, and some kind of gourmet cheese. It opened up a whole new world of cheeses to me, and I've never looked back. I grew up eating mostly cheddar, mozzarella, and monterey jack, and had no idea that there were so many other delicious varieties of cheese out there!

After we were married and had the budget of poor college students, we would stretch our meager grocery budget to include a small piece of gourmet cheese every week. We tried so many new cheeses, some becoming instant favorites (Dubliner Irish cheddar, Wensleydale with cranberries, gorgonzola - yum!), and other types just not making the cut. I had heard people rave about brie cheese before, but every time we tried it, it missed the mark for me. It wasn't until years later that I tried baked brie, and realized that what was missing was the gooey melty awesomeness!

This gooey and melty cranberry baked brie is the perfect party appetizer, and so easy to make!

This cranberry baked brie is about as simple as appetizers get, but it's also totally delicious! The combination of flaky pastry, melty cheese, and tart cranberry is perfection. I used my favorite homemade cranberry sauce, and I love how much flavor it adds!

This gooey and melty cranberry baked brie is the perfect party appetizer, and so easy to make!

I opted for more of a rustic look with the puff pastry folded on top, but if you'd like it to look a little neater, you can turn it upside down, with the folds on the bottom. Be sure to brush the outside with egg wash so it will get nice and golden brown in the oven.

This gooey and melty cranberry baked brie is the perfect party appetizer, and so easy to make!

This cranberry baked brie is the perfect appetizer for your next party!

This gooey and melty cranberry baked brie is the perfect party appetizer, and so easy to make!

Cranberry Baked Brie

1 wheel brie cheese
1 sheet (1/2 package) puff pastry, thawed
1/2 cup cranberry sauce (homemade is delicious!)
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
crackers for serving

Preheat the oven to 400. Roll out the puff pastry to 1/4 inch thick. Place the wheel of brie in the center of the puff pastry. Spread the cranberry sauce over the top of the brie. Fold the edges of the puff pastry up to cover the cranberry sauce and cheese completely. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and the water. Brush the egg wash over the top of the puff pastry. Bake 35-40 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm with crackers.

This gooey and melty cranberry baked brie is the perfect party appetizer, and so easy to make!

12.05.2019

Ravioli with Mushroom Cream Sauce

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This savory ravioli with mushroom cream sauce is a flavorful and delicious meal that's ready in 30 minutes!

This savory ravioli with mushroom cream sauce is a flavorful and delicious meal that's ready in 30 minutes!

Now that December is here, it's officially the busiest time of year! Why not make things a little easier on yourself with a quick and easy dinner recipe? This ravioli with mushroom cream sauce is so simple to make, and full of flavor! It takes less than thirty minutes to put together, and it's so hearty and delicious. It's perfect for a cold winter night!

This savory ravioli with mushroom cream sauce is a flavorful and delicious meal that's ready in 30 minutes!

The mushrooms give the sauce a ton of flavor, and they are so delicious paired with the tender ravioli. Serve it with a sprinkle of shredded parmesan cheese on top, and you've got a perfect meal! I used sausage ravioli from Costco because it's what I had on hand, but you could use any flavor of ravioli that you like. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
Ravioli with Mushroom Cream Sauce

1 package (around 18 ounces) refrigerated ravioli
2 tablespoons butter
1 package (8 ounces) sliced baby bella mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup beef broth
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Cook the ravioli according to package directions. While the water is boiling, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, and sprinkle with the salt and worcestershire sauce. Cook until the mushrooms are soft. Add the flour and stir to coat the mushrooms in the flour. Cook 2-3 minutes, until the flour is absorbed. Slowly whisk in the milk, a little at a time, stirring frequently. Add the beef broth and stir until combined. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the cream, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Toss the cooked ravioli with the mushroom sauce and serve hot.
This savory ravioli with mushroom cream sauce is a flavorful and delicious meal that's ready in 30 minutes!

12.03.2019

Simple Holiday Punch (Non-Alcoholic)

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This simple and delicious holiday punch is so refreshing, and so easy to make!

This simple and delicious holiday punch is so refreshing, and so easy to make!

Do you like having friends over for dinner? It's one of my favorite things to do! The house gets clean, I get to show off a little with some of my favorite recipes, and it's always fun to get to know our friends a little better. I have a list of tried and true recipes that I love to make for company (my current favorites are these carnitas tacos and this homemade pizza), and usually our friends volunteer to bring over a side dish or dessert to share. There's something really wonderful about sharing a meal with friends!

One thing I always seem to forget when I'm planning our dinner menu is a fun drink to share! I'm a bit of a Diet Dr. Pepper addict myself, but I think it's fun to have some other options available for people who don't love DDP as much as I do. :) We usually have sparkling water on hand, with some different flavored syrups to add in, and we also love plain ice water with fresh lemon wedges. For special occasions and holidays, this simple holiday punch is our favorite! It has such a flavorful combination of orange, cranberry, and pineapple, and it's a favorite with both kids and adults!

This simple and delicious holiday punch is so refreshing, and so easy to make!

I'm obviously not reinventing the wheel with this punch recipe, but it's a classic for a reason. The combination of fruit juices is totally delicious! I love that it's so festive and fresh tasting, with the perfect balance of tart and sweet. I like to add ginger ale for a little extra flavor, but you can use lemon lime soda if you prefer. It's delicious either way! If you're preparing this punch in advance, I would suggest mixing the fruit juices and refrigerating, but waiting to add the ginger ale until just before serving. The fizziness is definitely the best part! You can easily scale this recipe up or down depending on the size of the crowd you're serving. This punch is the perfect holiday drink!

This simple and delicious holiday punch is so refreshing, and so easy to make!

Simple Holiday Punch

2 cups fresh orange juice
2 cups cranberry juice
2 cups pineapple juice
1 liter ginger ale or lemon lime soda, chilled
1 cup fresh cranberries
fresh orange slices

Add the orange juice, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice to a pitcher and stir to combine. Refrigerate until well chilled. Just before serving, pour the juice into a punch bowl or large pitcher. Add the ginger ale, fresh cranberries, and orange slices. Serve over ice.

This simple and delicious holiday punch is so refreshing, and so easy to make!
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