Crostini with Blue Cheese, Honey & Hazelnuts

Fit for pairing with this week’s soup, these decadent crostini are lovely topped with fresh slices of ripe pear or apple.

12, ¼-inch thick slices of bread, either from a rustic baguette or this week’s whole grain bread
4 ounces blue cheese at room temperature
½ cup toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
Thinly-sliced, or diced, pear or apple

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Place bread slices in single layer on baking sheet. Toast in oven until barely golden, about 8 minutes. (Can be made 4 hours ahead.)

2. Spread blue cheese on the bread slices and sprinkle hazelnuts over each. Top with fruit slices and return to oven until cheese begins to melt and bread is golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.

3. Drizzle each slice lightly with honey and serve.

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