Honey Pecan Whipped Cream Cheese with Honeyed Fruit Salad

YIELD: Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

Whipped Honey Cream Cheese:

1 (8-oz) package

-

cream cheese

,

softened

3 T

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honey

1/2 tsp.

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vanilla bean paste

zest of 1 orange

1/4 cup

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toasted pecan

,

finely chopped

Fruit Salad:

1 cup

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strawberries

,

diced

1 cup

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blueberries

1 cup

-

raspberries

1 T

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orange juice

zest of 1 orange

1 T

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honey

Bagels:

4

-

bagels (favorite variety)

honey for drizzling

DIRECTIONS

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or in a large bowl using a handheld mixer, add the cream cheese, honey, vanilla bean paste, and orange zest. Beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Fold in the toasted pecans. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. The cream cheese will stay fresh for up to 1 week.

In a bowl, add strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, orange juice and zest, and honey. Gently fold to combine.

To assemble the bagel:

Spread a thick layer of cream cheese on both halves of a toasted bagel. Top each half with fruit salad and drizzle with extra honey, if desired.

Serve immediately.