This 3-Ingredient Baked Brie recipe is my first ever 3-ingredient recipe on the blog - and possibly my favorite. Not only is it so simple - it looks impressive, like you spent hours preparing it instead of just 5 minutes. If you're looking something to bring to a friend's house for dinner or to make for your parents, this appetizer is sure to impress.
The three ingredients are simple: start with brie cheese, top it with a delicious fruit jam (I used raspberry here), and wrap it up in store bought puff pastry. Pop it in the oven and in about a half hour, ooey gooey melted goodness is bubbling away underneath a buttery, flaky crust. So yeah, you should probably make this.
Full disclosure: I ate this plain, with no serving or scooping mechanism other than a fork and knife. It's really unnecessary to even pretend you're not just trying to eat melted cheese straight. BUT if you're into that, serve this with your favorite cracker like Ritz. Make it a full on meal by adding it to a cheese and meat platter, maybe with some grapes - but know the baked brie will be the star of the show.
3-Ingredient Baked Brie
- 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry (see Grocery Guide for more info)
- 1-2 tablespoons of raspberry jam Substitute: Any kind of jam or jelly you want! Orange marmalade is another one of my favorites.
- 1 package brie cheese (either in a triangle or circle shape, depending on what your store has)
Not dairy-free, gluten-free, or vegan-friendly
DEFROST THE PHYLLO DOUGH & PREP THE BRIE
1. Take out one sheet of puff pastry and defrost for approximately 15 minutes on the counter.
2. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
3. [Optional Step:] Brie cheese is encased with a white rind that keeps it fresh and soft inside. Chewing it is a little tough and it has a unique taste that is unpleasant to some. If you'd like, you can cut off this rind. I used a small paring knife to cut off the top layer of the rind pretty easily. See how to do this here.
ASSEMBLE THE BRIE & BAKE
4. Lay out the puff pastry flat on the counter. Place your brie in the middle of the dough. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of your fruit jam or jelly over the top of the brie, adding more or less depending on your taste.
5. Wrap the pastry around the brie. You should bring the edges of the pastry together so the brie is wrapped tight like a present. Kind of like this. You can't really go wrong here - just make sure there is no where for the brie to leak out towards the base of the cheese, and you'll be fine. I had a bit of excess pastry that I trimmed off, so if you end up in this situation, you can trim off any extra.
6. [Optional Step:] Brush the top of the brie with melted butter to get that beautiful golden brown look when it comes out of the oven.
7. Bake on 400°F for 30-35 minutes. Begin peeping at the brie after 25 minutes and see how it's holding up. It should be fully cooked (not raw and shiny), flaky, and slightly browned. It will likely take about 30 minutes to be fully cooked.
Storing & Extra Ingredients
STORING - This dish is best enjoyed warm in one sitting. I don't recommend you have any leftovers - chances are slim, anyways, because the melted goodness is irresistible.
EXTRA INGREDIENTS - Unless you make a double batch, you'll have one extra sheet of puff pastry left. Use it to make mini apple pies or chicken pot pie, or check out Buzzfeed's 18 Easy and Inexpensive Desserts You Can Make with Puff Pastry. Or just more baked brie.