Date, Cherry, Goat Cheese Spread

Dates are one of those foods that are kind of weird… They look like nothing else you’ll find in the grocery store. But they pack a punch of chewey carameley sweetness that can’t be rivaled.

I have to admit. The only other thing I’ve ever made with dates in my life are these Bacon Wrapped Dates. Like anything wrapped in bacon, they were delicious. This time around, I wanted to make something more original with my dates.

I decided to pair them with another ingredient I rarely use, and one I use all the time. Mixing goat cheese into recipes always provides a subtle saltiness and creaminess. I threw in the chopped cherries because I’m trying to use them more and I had some on hand.

I mixed these ingredients together and threw in some almonds for texture and called it a day. No sense in messing with a good thing. I threw it all on some toasted baguette and Hubby and I had a nice little afternoon snack.

One Year Ago: Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls, Homemade Mayo, and Blueberry Salsa over Grilled Mahi Mahi
Five Years Ago: Sauteed Mushrooms
Note: Nature Delights sent me a box of medjool dates to try out and come up with a recipe to use them in.

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Date, Cherry, Goat Cheese Spread

Yield: Serves 4


1 cup cherries, stemmed, pitted, and quartered
6 dates, pitted and chopped
1 cup crumbled goat cheese
3/4 cup toasted almonds, chopped
baguette, sliced and toasted if desired


Combine first four ingredients in a small bowl. Be sure not to over mix.

Spread onto bread or toast and enjoy!

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16 Responses to “Strawberry Champagne Layer Cake”

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    Sabina — December 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    it looks delicious!

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    Tracy | Pale Yellow — December 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Beautiful cake! I can’t get over the ending either, too soon!

    • beantownbaker — December 26th, 2013 @ 10:56 am

      Right! It happens every year, but I feel like this year flew by especially quickly.

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — December 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Wow – super gorgeous!! I’m so glad you love this cake as much as I do! Happy Christmas and almost New Years, doll!!

    • beantownbaker — December 26th, 2013 @ 10:58 am

      Happy Holidays to you too!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    This cake looks so beautiful and I bet it tastes divine 🙂 can’t wait to try it!

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    Shannon — December 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    definitely perfect for new years! i can’t believe this year is almost over, either- crazy!

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    Jennifer Essad — December 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    this is perfect for our holiday-the Florida strawberries have been so sweet – thank you

    • beantownbaker — January 2nd, 2014 @ 1:31 pm

      I wish I lived somewhere where the strawberry season was longer than a few weeks…

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    Jennifer Essad — December 30, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I was just thinking, what if we made this w/pink champagne?

    • beantownbaker — January 2nd, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

      I think it would be great with pink champagne!

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    Jennifer Essad — January 2, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I know what you mean we grew up and lived in Michigan all our lives. When our kids were little I would take them to the farms to pick blueberries, raspberries and apples. The strawberry season was always short or not at all due to the wet springs we so often had. But we did get farm fresh ones at our local farm market. I now live in Central Florida where I’m learning so much about fresh grown foods. We live a few blocks from Oviedo where DUDA farms are. They are known especially for their celery but so many other fresh veggies. We have a few local farms where you can pick strawberries and blueberries. The gulf coast really has a lot of strawberry farms. On Tuesday our local Publix store had Florida fresh strawberries on sale. I just cleaned them last night (I think my husband took about 1/2 of them to work) We are fortunate, but I still miss Michigan and all the farming communities in our area.

    • beantownbaker — January 4th, 2014 @ 10:38 am

      Wow – I bet things in FL are very different than Michigan! We can usually get strawberries at the farmers market as well. But again, it’s SUCH a short season. Last year we missed it completely. I’m still adjusting to the different seasonal timing in Ohio vs what it was in Boston. We always make a point to pick strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and apples. Peaches and strawberries are two of my favorite summertime fruits.

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    sell my car bristol — January 29, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Woah, thanks a bunch for sharing!

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    Jason — April 2, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I made this cake for my girlfriend’s surprise birthday party, and it was freaking delicious. Granted this was my first cake I have ever baked, but there wasn’t enough frosting to cover the whole thing and keep part of the actual cake from showing through. I don’t even like cake, and this was bomb!

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    Breda Fuller — December 27, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    This CAKE IS THE BOMB!!!!, I found this online in 2014. I showed it to my twin sister, I said, I won’t this for our B-Day, but we didn’t have it until September 2015, and again this year. So delicious, my son Loves it as well, we’re making it tomorrow December 28th 2015 for his birthday. Yummmmy!

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