Spiced Apricot and Honey Goat Cheese

Now, I don’t know how to make homemade goat cheese, but I did come up with some pretty tasty mix-ins to add to plain goat cheese.  This blend of spices, dried apricots, and honey isn’t really a recipe, per se, but it does yield a delicious, sweet and savory topper for crackers, toasted bagels, pretzels and just about anything else!

Try this flavored goat cheese as a spreadable addition to your next cheese platter!

Spiced Apricot and Honey Goat Cheese
Yields about 1 cup of prepared goat cheese.

6 dried apricots
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon, plus a sprinkling of ground cinnamon
3 pinches of ground cloves
About 5 ounces of plain goat cheese (I used one-half of a 10.5-ounce log)
2 tablespoons clover honey, or your favorite variety

Optional: extra honey to drizzle over top

Method:
Bring the water, 1/4 teaspoon of the ground cinnamon, and 2 pinches of ground cloves to a simmer in a small pot over medium-high heat.  While the water is warming up, chop the dried apricots into small pieces.  I sliced each dried apricot into three strips, then cut the strips into thirds.

Once the water has begun to simmer, add the apricots and simmer 5 minutes, or until softened.  Remove the pot from the heat, and allow the apricot mixture to cool for another 5 minutes.

This was my attempt at an action shot!

Drain the liquid from the apricots.

I love how the spice mixture soaks into and clings to the fruit pieces.

Put the plain goat cheese into a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until smooth, about 1 1/2-2 minutes.  Add in the honey, a sprinkling of ground cinnamon, and a pinch of ground cloves.  Continue to mix the goat cheese one minute more, until the spices and honey are incorporated into the cheese.

Stir in the apricots.

This is the goat cheese, all mixed together. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula!

Spoon the goat cheese mixture into a serving dish and drizzle the top with additional honey, if desired.

The goat cheese filled up two of these containers ... enjoy some today, save a bit for tomorrow!

Serve with a fun cheese spreader and an assortment of breads or crackers!

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