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.

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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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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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14 Responses to “Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes”

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    theblogisthenewblack — October 25, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Yum! And festive… I’m glad there’s another Boston blogger out there that loves making cupcakes as much as I do!!!! 🙂

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    Lauren — October 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    These cupcakes look amazing!! I love white chocolate, and the tart cranberry flavor sounds like a fantastic accompaniment :).

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    While I adore pumpkin, I think it is great that you did something different from the norm. The cranberry sauce filling looks really good!

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    Carrie — October 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    These look great! I have some cranberries I have been debating what to make.

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    We Are Not Martha — October 25, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    These are so beautiful! I love the idea of white chocolate cupcakes…. and cranberry sounds just perfect. Yum!

    Sues

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    Dani — October 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    They’re beautiful and sound amazing!!

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    Aimee — October 25, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Those look delicious! Love the flecks of color, and it is nice to step outside of pumpkin paradise once in awhile. Yum!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — October 25, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    These look amazing! I like that you did a recipe with cranberries…delicious! I have two frozen bags in my freezer calling my name 🙂

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — October 25, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    What a great idea! I love this flavor combination. I agree that this is the best way to fill a cupcake…I’ve used it a few times now!

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    Megan — October 25, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    These cupcakes look gorgeous! Now I want to order Fiori di Sicilia from KAF. I did so good not letting myself buy it when we were there!

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    Evan @swEEts — October 26, 2010 at 1:27 am

    How fun! These cupcakes look delicious.. I don’t know why but I would have never thought about cranberry and cupcakes!?

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    Shannon — October 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    these sound fabulous, love the flavor combo!!

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    Cara — October 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Great pics! These sound delicious 🙂

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    Gia — November 25, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    For some reason I am not seeing the recipes for the cranberry filling or mousse. Can you help me find them? Thank you!

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