1 round of brie (or other soft French cheese)
2 tablespoons pear or apple brandy
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons toasted almonds, coarsely chopped
Toast almonds in a skillet over medium heat until just lightly browned. Watch them carefully so they don't burn. Set aside and allow to cool. Coarsely chop the almonds.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine the brandy and maple syrup. Place the brie on an oven-safe plate (preferably one that has a bit of a rim). Pour the brandy-syrup mixture over the brie, sprinkle with some of the almonds, and bake for about 10 minutes. When you remove it from the oven, spoon some of the liquid that's dripped onto the plate, back over top of the cheese. Slice into the warm brie and spread some of the melted cheese onto a slice of baguette or a cracker.
This is also excellent reheated. Store left overs in the refrigerator. Reheat in a 400 degree oven for about 7 minutes.