Monday, August 24, 2009

Goat Cheese with Honey Walnuts and Figs

Here's the recipe for the lovely goat cheese log dish that I made for Laura's brunch:

1 med. log of goat cheese (I believe mine was 6 oz)
1 cup walnut pieces or chopped walnuts
6 whole dried figs
1/8 cup canola oil
1/8 cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a small bowl, whisk together oil, honey, and cinnamon and salt.  Next stir in walnuts until they are fully coated in the mixture.  Spread coated walnuts on a non-stick cookie sheet and bake until they become fragrant and start to brown, stirring occasionally.  (about 10 minutes)  While the walnuts are in the oven, chop the figs into tiny bite-sized pieces.  Once the walnuts are out of the oven, return them to the bowl and mix in figs.  It is important to do this while the walnuts are still hot and sticky so the figs get coated, too.  (Already dried fruit in the oven tends to harden up and get too tart for my taste.)  Transfer the walnut-fig mixture to parchment paper (or your cutting board) to cool.  Once cooled, coat the goat cheese log with the nuts and figs. Chill for 30min (this is optional, but makes the whole thing stay together better.)  If you're making this ahead of time, wrap it in plastic wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator till you need it.  Serve with crackers! 

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