Baked Brie with Fresh Balsamic Cranberry Compote

adapted from Goodie Godmother

1 round of Brie 

Crackers or sliced and toasted baguette slices for serving


2 cups fresh whole cranberries, rinsed

1/2 cup water

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup good quality balsamic vinegar

Make the cranberry compote by simmering the fresh cranberries, water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries pop and the sugar has dissolved.

Add the balsamic vinegar and simmer an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Remove the pan from the heat and transfer to a glass bowl.  Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.*  

Preheat oven:  350° F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Using a sharp knife, cut away the very top of the Brie's rind.  Place the wheel on the baking sheet, cut side up.  Top the wheel with 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the cranberry compote.  The amount is based on the size of the wheel and your preference.  Bake 12-15 minutes until the Brie is soft and melted.  Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving platter.

Serve immediately with crackers or toasted baguette slices and additional Fresh Balsamic Cranberry Compote, if desired.

*NOTE:  The compote may be made up to three days in advance.