Walnut Honey Spread

      2 cups California walnuts

      3/4 cup honey

      3/4 cup dried pears, cut into 1/4‑inch dice

      2 teaspoons herbs de Provence

      1 teaspoon ground coriander

      2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest

      1 tablespoon orange juice

      1 teaspoon lemon juice

      1/8 teaspoon coarse salt

      12 slices baguette-style French bread, cut diagonally about 1/2‑inch thick

      4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) plain California goat cheese


1. Preheat the broiler.

2. Chop 1 cup of the walnuts coarsely; chop the remaining cup of walnuts finely.

3. Place all the walnuts in a large bowl and add the honey, pears, herbs de Provence, coriander, orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice and salt. Beat vigorously until completed mixed. Set aside.

4. Place baguette slices on a baking sheet. Cut the goat cheese into pieces and divide among the baguette slices. Broil until cheese is just melted, then spread the cheese uniformly on each slice. (TIPS: Broil about 4 inches from heat, just to warm the bread and soften the cheese. Watch closely; this only takes a moment!)

5. Top each slice with a spoonful of Honey Walnut Spread and serve immediately.

Walnut Honey Spread 

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