Bulgarian Spread for Bread Made with Honey and Walnuts


This simple Bulgarian Spread recipe was altered from The Sophia Echo, a foreign newspaper in Bulgaria.  It was showcased in the article “Christmas deliciousness” by Magdalena Rahn on Christmas Day in 2006. That newspaper is no long publishing online, but luckily, we kept a copy of this delicious honey-walnut-garlic condiment. It’s great for dipping or topping your favorite bread.

This recipe is similar to the Honey Walnut Spread by the California Walnut Board, but simpler, and without the need for cheese. If you do want to try this honey walnut spread on “cheese” I highly recommend my easy Dairy-free “Yogurt Chees”e Recipe. The two pair quite well. Or you can use my Dairy-Free “Goat Cheese” Recipe. It’s also a great complement to this spread.

Bulgarian Spread for Bread - A Honey-Walnut Dip that's great for appetizers or a snack - dairy-free, gluten-free, optionally vegan

Special Diet Notes: Bulgarian Spread

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, paleo, refined sugar-free, and vegetarian.

For a strictly vegan Bulgarian spread, you can substitute a vegan honey alternative. Agave nectar or maple syrup might also go well, but a honey alternative provides a more traditional taste.

Bulgarian Spread for Bread
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This traditional recipe was adapted from The Sophia Echo.
Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Bulgarian
Serves: 6 to 8 servings
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Sea salt (to taste)
  • 100 grams (3½ ounces) chopped walnuts (coarse or fine, your choice)
  • 100 grams (3½ ounces) honey
  1. In a medium bowl, mash the garlic with a little salt. Add the walnuts and honey and stir to combine. If it seems too thick, add a little water or oil.
  2. To serve, break off pieces from a loaf of bread and dip them in the spread. Or spoon some of the condiment atop bread or bruschetta-style toasts. See the post above for dairy-free "cheese" suggestions.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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