Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Lydia Degaris-Pursell
Yield
20 servings (serving size: 2 topped baguette slices)

Category Finalist: Starters and Drinks. "This flavorful appetizer is great because most of the prep work can take place before guests arrive. The Brie is rich enough to carry the appetizer with a tart and sweet compote. To ease slicing, keep Brie chilled until ready to use." --Elizabeth Bennett, Mill Creek, WA

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 11 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook for 5 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Cool.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 3

Divide Brie slices into 40 even pieces. Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons compote over each baguette slice; top each with 1 piece of cheese. Arrange the slices on a large baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.

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