In a mixing bowl, combine the cheese, creme frâiche, and wine. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Fold in the walnuts. Line a 5 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 2-inch porcelain faceted terrine ** mold or any other 2 cup terrine mold with plastic wrap, letting the plastic wrap overlap the mold by 3 inches. Spoon the cheese mixture into the mold. Fold the plastic wrap over the terrine and cover tightly. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 1 week.
In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the apples. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté until tender, about 1 minute. Sprinkle the sugar over the apples and continue to sauté for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool completely. Remove the terrine from the refrigerator and carefully open the plastic wrap. Invert it onto a serving platter and remove the plastic wrap. Spoon the Apple Compote on top of the terrine. Lay the croutons around the terrine and serve. Garnish with parsley.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the bread slices on the baking sheet and brush them with half of the olive oil, then sprinkle them with the salt and pepper. Turn the slices over, brush with the remaining oil, and sprinkle with the remaining salt and pepper. Bake for about 6 minutes, then turn the baking sheet around in the oven to ensure even browning. Bake until the croutons are lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before serving.
Yield: about 32 croutons