Sugar- and Nut-glazed Brie

2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped pecans or almonds
1 1/2 teaspoons brandy
1 firm-ripe whole brie cheese (8 oz.)
Golden Delicious apple slices

1. Stir together the brown sugar, chopped pecans, and brandy.

2. Place cheese in a baking dish just slightly larger than the width of the cheese. Bake in a 425° oven just until cheese begins to soften in the center, about 6 minutes.

3. Evenly sprinkle sugar mixture over cheese. Bake until sugar melts and cheese is melted in center (cut to test), 3 to 5 minutes longer.

4. Scoop hot cheese onto crackers and apple slices to eat.

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 appetizer servings