Panera Bread Honey Walnut Cream Cheese Spread is an amazing topping for bagels. I think one of the reasons bagels taste so much better when you go out is due to the toppings you can place on top of them.
I don’t know why flavored cream cheese spreads are very tasty and they can be expensive. I love the way the Panera Bread Honey Walnut Cream Cheese tastes. It is as a rich sweetness of honey, crunchy walnuts, and just a touch of cinnamon make this perfect to spread on your bagel any time of day.
The cream cheese they use is the lighter variety. Neufchatel. When whipped, it is the perfect light and fluffy topping on a bagel.
To make this recipe, I suggest that you allow the cream cheese to reach room temperature before starting this recipe. It will make it softer and easy to whip in all of the flavors.
If you want to add another nice touch I suggest that you toast the walnuts in a skillet for just a moment or two and allow them to cool. When toasting the nuts you bring out the natural oils in the walnuts and you will have an amazing flavor.
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Panera Honey Walnut Cream Cheese
- 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
- If desired, toast nuts by placing in a skillet over medium heat. Heat just until the walnuts become fragrant. When the walnuts become fragrant remove from the skillet. Watch the skillet closely, there is a short time between the nuts being toasted and burnt. Allow the nuts to cool completely. In a small bowl combine room temperature cream cheese, honey, molasses, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir cream cheese until all of the ingredients are well blended. Chop walnuts and stir into the cream cheese. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.