(NewsUSA) – There’s a chill in the air. The season is upon us for warm gatherings around holiday tables with friends and family. With such hectic schedules this time of year, we’re all looking for stress-free ways to enjoy the holidays.

When it comes to food, a simple appetizer can make an elegant statement. Choose flavorful ingredients right from your pantry, such as raisins.

The sweetness of raisins adds a beautiful depth of flavor to savory dishes, and they become even more succulent when plumped in juices or wine.

Try this easy and delicious raisin recipe for your next holiday party. California Raisins, port wine, and rich pecans make a decadent filling for Brie cheese. Wrap them in a warm, flaky puff pastry. Plate the Brie with an assortment of crackers, a sliced baguette, and apple or pear slices for an impressive holiday appetizer.


Baked Brie with California Raisins

Serving Size: Serves 20

Baked Brie with California Raisins

A fun Brie appetizer recipe courtesy of California Raisins


  • 1 wheel of Brie cheese (about two pounds), chilled
  • 1/4 cup California Raisins
  • 1/4 cup port wine
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pecans
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed


Bring port wine and raisins to boil in a saucepan, then remove from heat, and set aside to cool. In a small bowl, beat egg yolk with water for egg wash, and set aside.

Divide Brie into two layers and separate. Coarsely chop raisins, mix with toasted pecans and spread evenly on bottom layer of Brie. Cover with top half of Brie. Roll out puff pastry on lightly floured surface until large enough to cover Brie completely. Place filled Brie in center of dough and wrap Brie, sealing overlapping edges with egg wash. Arrange on greased baking sheet, and chill for at least 30 minutes.

To serve, preheat oven to 400 degreeF. Brush top and sides with egg wash, and bake

for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand a few minutes, and serve with baguette slices

or toasted croutons.

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