crackers or sliced and toasted baguette bread for serving
Make the cranberry compote by simmering the fresh cranberries, water, and sugar in a small pot over medium heat. Allow to simmer 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 from the heat and transfer to another container. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Preheat your oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or brush the inside of your small round baker with oil.
Using a sharp knife, cut just the very top rind of the wheel of cheese. Place the wheel cut side up on your baking sheet. Top with about ⅓-1/2 cup of the cranberry balsamic sauce and bake 12-15 minutes until brie is soft and melted.
Serve immediately with crackers or a sliced baguette and additional cranberry balsamic sauce if desired.