Delightfully sweet, buttery maple syrup, sugar and cinnamon coated walnuts. Takes 5 minutes to whip up and is the perfect accompaniment to this ultimate spring cheese board. This post is sponsored by Castello Cheese. All opinions are my own.
I’m not a winter-y person. I hate the cold. Living in the Midwest for a couple of years nearly killed me. Humid yet cold Taiwan almost broke my bones. Now that I’m in Los Angeles….. well, it’s still too cold for my tropical girl bottom.
Look guys. I’m from Malaysia. The country with NO winter. It’s just hot all year round. Some of you may find it difficult to grasp this concept.
HOT? Yes hot.
I love the heat. I hate the cold.
So you can imagine my happiness and excitement every year when March comes.
Spring is when animals start mating, neighbors start barbequing in their underwear and my teeth stops chattering.
Ok fine. The changes aren’t drastic at all in L.A. But still. It is warmer than say… February or January. :p
With spring almost here, it’s the perfect time for a cheese board. A spring inspired cheese board, that is. Filled with all things spring, this cheeseboard is perfect for entertaining or even to enjoy with your other half on any cozy spring day.
The only thing you’ll need to lift your fingers for (other than swiping your credit card when buying the rest of the ingredients) is to make these maple candied walnuts.
This recipe is inspired by Mr.V’s professor’s wife who had generously given all the students a jar of candied nuts a year ago. They are to die for. Of course, if you’re not into the bitter aftertaste of walnuts, use pecans or other types of nut.
1. Cheese – Choose from different textures and strengths of cheese (eg. soft to firm or sharp to mild). Be sure to allow cheese to come to room temperature before serving (roughly 30 – 45 minutes on the counter). I use Castello cheese as it offers a variety of creatively crafted cheeses and they’re super delicious.
2. A diversity in the accompaniments is key not only for the palate to enjoy but visually, it will look stunning. From sweet preserves, chutney and fresh fruits to savory from the salami or prosciutto, crackers and bread and tartness from all things pickled like pickled ramps or olives.
Lastly, I’m excited to share with you a sweepstakes by Castello. The price? A trip for two to Napa Valley, California! To enter, click here.
If you haven’t already, check out my last post Spicy Kimchi Pork Belly Fried Rice cooked in just under 10 minutes. Yup!
What is your idea of the ultimate spring inspired cheese board?
- Castello Harvati Herbs and Spice
- Castello Danish blue
- Fruit & Vegetable
- Green Grapes
- Blood Oranges
- Pickled Ramps
- Bread & Crackers
- French Bread
- Assorted Crackers
- Condiment - Cherry Preserves
- Meat - Black Pepper Salami
- Maple Candied Walnuts
- 1 tbs unsalted butter
- 5 tbs pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups walnuts (if you don't like slight bitter aftertaste, use pecans or your favorite nut)
- ½ tbs sugar
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Over medium heat, add the butter, maple syrup and vanilla into a cast iron pan. Once they start to bubble, add the walnuts. Stir for 5 minutes until most liquid has evaporated. Spread it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Let cool for 3 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon and salt. Sprinkle all over the nuts and toss gently. Arrange all the cheeseboard ingredients. Serve.