In a 2-quart saute pan over medium heat. Melt the butter. Add the apples, dried cranberries, and walnuts and saute, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender and have released most of their liquid, 5 to 7 minutes. Toss in the cognac and cook until it mostly dissolves. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, stir to dissolve and cook stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 12 to 15 minutes more. Remove from the heat and let the apple compote cool to room temperature.
This can be made up to 2 weeks in advance. Assemble the pastry, cheese and apple compote, but don't brush the dough with the egg wash. Instead wrap the pastry tightly with plastic wrap and freeze until ready to bake. Then brush the frozen pastry with the egg wash and bake at 350°F oven for 45 to 50 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
With a sharp knife, but the cheese in half horizontally. On a clean work surface, place one half of the cheese, sliced side up, and evenly spread 1/2 cup of the apple compote over it. Set the other half, sliced side down, over the compote and spread 1/2 cup compote over the top.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface and set the cheese in the center of the dough. Fold the dough up over the sides of the cheese, pleating the upper edges to fit snugly around the cheese. Pinch the dough together in the center to seal. Brush the dough evenly with the egg wash and place in the prepared baking sheet. I also sprinkle a little sugar on top for more of a crust and I had is much cheese and filling in that thang that it required an extra sheet of puff pastry on top!
Bake until the pastry is golden all over and crisp, 40 to 45 minutes. Let it rest for 5 minutes, then transfer to a platter along with a sharp knife and water crackers. Serve any remaining compote alongside.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (63g)|
|Recipe Makes: 10 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 180 (55%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 20g||27 %|
|Saturated Fat 3.4g||17 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 4.6g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 10.9g|
|Cholesterol 3.1mg||1 %|
|Sodium 127.3mg||4 %|
|Potassium 45.4mg||1 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 33.2g||10 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0.7g||3 %|
|Sugars, other 32.4g|
|Protein 3.7g||5 %|
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Calories per serving: 325
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