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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8 Responses to “Coconut Lime Cupcakes”

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    clstar — May 14, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    These look great as mini-cupcakes! I am so glad everyone liked them, and I like what you did to intensify the coconut flavor. Nicely done! 🙂

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    Joelen — May 14, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    What a delicious flavor for cupcakes… and thank you for submitting it to this month’s Tasty Tools!

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    Colleen — May 14, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    These look delicious! And thanks for the note about the coconut cream too!

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    Stephanie — May 14, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    What a great summery cupcake!

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    Ingrid — May 14, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Those sound good and look even better! Love the lime zest you can see in the frosting!

    That would have been cute to see the KA buckled in!
    ~ingrid

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    h2babe — May 15, 2009 at 12:29 am

    They’re so darn cute!

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    Jen — May 15, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Thanks everyone! They were definitely a hit at the party

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    Mermaid Sweets — May 19, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Yummers, I just made pina colada cupcakes, but these look amazing and I will try them someday. I have never gotten the stand alone foil cups to work for me.

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