I recently ate at Panera Bread.
I have fond memories of Panera. In Chapel Hill, my parents would come visit me and we would always go to Panera. In Grad school I would got there first thing in the morning to study for a test that I probably should have studied for weeks in advance. The employees were always so nice at 7 o’clock in the morning.
I wanted to slap them. You try studying for an impossible biomechanics test that early in the morning. It’s hard to be nice in return.
I LOVE their blueberry bagels with honey walnut cream cheese. These days I do not go to Panera Bread often, but when I do it is a real treat. Recently, I went there with my sister-in-law and Briana. It was delicious like always, but I left wondering if I could recreate the honey walnut cream cheese that I loved so much.
I was successful and will forever be hooked on homemade flavored cream cheese.
Honey Walnut Cream Cheese
8 ounces whipped cream cheese
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1. In a medium bowl, place cream cheese, honey and cinnamon.
2. Toast the walnuts. Heat a skillet to medium high heat. Add walnuts to pan and gently shake pan often to prevent burning. Toast walnuts until fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
3. Add walnuts to cream cheese mixture and stir to combine.
I slathered my cream cheese on a bagel thin, because let’s face it, I am not hurting for carbohydrates in my diet. A bagel thin is a smarter option. Store the cream cheese in the refrigerator.
In the morning, I like to have a bagel thin with honey walnut cream cheese, a banana and lots of coffee. This cream cheese is also great spread on to a graham cracker.
For printable recipe, click here.