Cheeses with Fennel-Infused Honey and Fruit
Cheeses taste best at room temperature, so remove them from the refrigerator one to two hours before serving. To preserve their textures, unwrap the cheeses just before serving.
- 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1/3 cup clover honey
- 8 ounces triple-creme cheese, such as La Tur
- 8 ounces soft blue cheese, such as Fourme d'Ambert
- 12 ounces late-summer fruit, such as figs or plums
- 1 baguette
Toast fennel seeds in a small saute pan until just fragrant. Remove from heat, and stir in honey. Let cool, and transfer to a 4-ounce glass jar. Let honey infuse at least 4 hours; honey can be stored up to 3 weeks (the longer the honey is allowed to infuse, the more intense the flavor will become).
Arrange cheeses, fennel-infused honey, and fruit on a serving platter. Slice bread thinly, and serve immediately.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, September 2012