Baked Brie with Golden Apple Compote


6 cups chopped peeled Granny Smith apple (about 1 1/2 pounds)

1 cup vertically sliced red onion (1 small)

1 cup golden raisins

1/3 cup white wine vinegar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

8 ounces Brie cheese, thinly sliced

40 (1/4-inch-thick) slices French bread baguette (about 8 ounces)

Thyme sprigs (optional)

Method of Preparation:

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.

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

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 degrees for 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.