Thursday, December 14, 2006

Baby it's cold outside

It's winter, it's cold - here's something to warm you up:
by Jesse Ziff Cool from “Toast - 60 Ways to Butter Your Bread & Then Some”

Winter Breakfast Sandwich with Maple Syrup, Toasted Walnuts and Cream Cheese

2/3 cup (about 3 ounces) coarsely chopped walnuts
8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
3 tablespoons real maple syrup, plus more for garnishing
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
8 bread slices

Preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees F. Put the walnuts on a baking tray and toast for 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, the 3 tablespoons maple syrup, the cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla and stir to blend. Toast the bread. Spread one-fourth of the cream cheese mixture on each of 4 slices and sprinkle with the walnuts. Drizzle with a little maple syrup. Top each with a slice of plain toast. Cut each into 2, 4, or even 6 pieces (for tiny bite-sized tea sandwiches).

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