Once upon a time baking was a fun, stress relieving hobby of mine. I’m not sure what changed over the years, but I kinda, sorta got burned out of working in the kitchen. Maybe it’s because there is usually so much clean up involved. After all, I spend day after day cleaning up behind two little Tasmanian devil’s – the last thing I want to do is make more work for myself. So needless to say, when I get the urge to whip something up in the kitchen these days, I go for something quick and easy, with very little clean up required.
With the holiday’s coming up, I’ve been experimenting with a few recipes that would work perfectly for a pot luck and I think I finally found my winner! This Cranberry & Goat Cheese has a savory, tart taste that makes it perfect for an appetizer or dessert!
- 12 ounces fresh cranberries
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 2 packages Pillsbury Crescent rolls
- 4 ounces crumbled Joan of Arc goat cheese
- 1/3 cup honey (I like to use local honey)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup almond slices
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a small pot, combine cranberries and water. Cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes (until the cranberry skins pop open). Remove pot from stove and drain water. Set aside.
- Unroll both cans of Pillsbury Crescent roll dough. Arrange the dough triangles into a circle on parchment paper as shown in the photo above.
- Spoon the cranberry mixture around the dough. Be sure to stay close to the center of the ring. Top with the crumbled Joan of Arc goat cheese and drizzle the honey on top of the goat cheese.
- Bring the dough pieces over the filling and be sure to tuck the edges under the bottom of the dough to secure the filling.
- In a small bowl, whisk the egg well to create an egg wash and use a brush to apply on top of the dough followed by brushing any remaining honey. Sprinkle the almond slices on top of the egg wash and honey.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Cool 5-10 minutes. Add remaining cranberries and goat cheese to the middle of the wreath. Drizzle with honey and add the desired amount of almonds slices before serving.