The Christmas festivities are over and now we prepare for the New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day feasting. Somehow, the Cape is very laid back over the festive season and more casual outdoor entertainment with great food and lovely wines is de rigueur. The is where The Cheese Baker come in handy.
I recently asked our local baker, John Martin of Martins Bakery in Diep River to bake a wreath of rolls for me to fit around my Cheese Baker, asked him to grease the Cheese Baker well so that I could easily remove it. What I received was perfect and made me even more excited to prepare the dish.
What I did..
Set the oven at 180C.
I had a perfectly ripe Dalewood Fromage Languedoc Cheese which fits perfectly into the Cheese Baker.
I set the Cheese Baker on a baking sheet which I had heated in the oven.
I painted the inside of the bowl with Willow Creek Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar.
Cut a diamond pattern on top of the cheese, cutting in quite deep. Place the Languedoc Cheese in the Cheese Baker and put it on the heated baking tray in the oven. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbling round the edges. Remove from the oven and sprinkle Willow Creek Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar on top
Place the Cheese Baker into the centre of the rolls, you can heat them if you like, though if they are fresh there will be no need to.
I garnished it with fresh apricots and cherries, slices of green figs and sprigs of thyme.
To serve, pull off a roll and dip it in the cheese, or use a cheese knife to smear the Languedoc onto your roll.
Best served with a glass of excellent Snow Mountain Wine, named for Sneeuberg in Wellington. Made by James McKenzie. I would suggest the Snow Mountain Pinot Noir 2016, chilled. Lovely match with its berries and cherries, sappy fruits, low and smooth tannins.
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The Cheese Baker is made in Cape Town by renowned Ceramicist Mervyn Gers and can be bought by calling 082 467 3706, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or sending a message through the Cheese Baker Facebook page.