Goat Cheese and Caramelized Apple Toasts
DirectionsPreheat the oven to 350. Spread the pecans in a pie plate and toast for 10 minutes, until golden and fragrant.
Let cool, then coarsely chop.
In a medium bowl, mash the goat cheese with the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar.
Fold in the chopped pecans.
Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet.
Add the apples and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes.
Add the granulated sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are caramelized and tender, about 5 minutes longer.
Stir in the water and transfer the apples to a plate.
Preheat the broiler and position a rack 8 inches from the heat.
Arrange the bread on a baking sheet and brush both sides with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter.
Broil the bread, turning once, until golden and toasted, about 4 minutes.
Spread the goat cheese mixture on the toast and spoon the apples on top.
Sprinkle very lightly with coarse salt.
Cut each toast in half diagonally and serve right away.