Coeur à la Crème with Caramelized Strawberries

SpoonFed: Via Saveur

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FOR THE COEUR À LA CRÈME:
6 oz. fresh goat cheese
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
⅓ cup honey
¾ cup heavy cream
1 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar

FOR THE STRAWBERRIES:
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp. light corn syrup
½ cup red wine, preferably pinot noir or zinfandel
3 whole cloves
2 whole black peppercorns
1 2″ cinnamon stick
½ vanilla bean, halved lengthwise and scraped, seeds reserved
3 cups strawberries (about 1½ pints), hulled and halved lengthwise

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Make the coeur à la crème: Soak two 12″ x 12″ pieces of cheesecloth in cold water and squeeze dry. Put a 7″ heart-shaped coeur à la crème mold into a baking dish or set a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl; line mold or sieve with the cheesecloth, allowing the corners to drape over the side. Set aside.

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