recipe: cheese and cranberry puff

LTL - Recipe Love - Cheese & Cranberry Puff

I think food you make whilst entertaining should be easy, delicious and definitely decadent.  Here is an easy starter, using only three ingredients that is bound to impress your guests and disappear quickly…

LTL - Recipe - Cheese & Cranberry Puff

Ingredients
1 sheet puff pastry
1 wheel of brie cheese
100g cranberry sauce

Method
– Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius
– Place one sheet of puff pastry on a lined baking tray, and use a knife to cut each corner, so you end up with four triangles that can be discarded

LTL - Recipe - Cheese & Cranberry Puff

– Place the wheel of brie cheese in the centre, and pile the cranberry sauce on top
– Fold the pastry up to encase the brie and cranberry filling

LTL - Recipe - Cheese & Cranberry Puff

– Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes
– Serve with your preferred cracker (I’ve used Jatz Cracked Pepper)

LTL - Recipe - Cheese & Cranberry Puff

So much YUM on a cracker!!

This recipe is so easy for entertaining.  I LOVE it for Christmas as the cranberry gives it that festive feel.  Using a cheese knife cut the puff like you would a cake, and serve on the cracker.  (I generally even ignore the cracker as I find the puff pastry is the ‘hero’ of the dish and is enough to be a decent base.)  You can use camembert cheese but I find it really oozes out a bit too much, which is why I stick with a beautiful brie.  It will ooze out but it is all a part of the goodness… I have never had leftovers of this starter, ever!

Hope you enjoy it, I guarantee your guests will!

baking love: almond macarons

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Macarons seem to be everywhere on Lifestyle Food lately, and I have seen so many recipes, so many hints and tips, some different and some the same, that I wanted to have a go for myself.  I felt like if I took all the hints and tips from each and threw them together, I may come out with something that resembles a macaron.

I’ve been suprised that this recipe has been such a success.  Four batches now and each worked perfectly.  The key difference for me is using frozen egg white.  Basically I had stopped making macarons because of all the leftover egg yolk, and now I don’t have any!  Let me know if you try it, and how yours go.

LTL - Almond Macarons

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baking loves: my new favourite brownie recipe

Brownie Dessert, with Raspberries, Caramel Popcorn and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

We had our beautiful friends over for dinner last night, and I could not think of the perfect dessert to go with the Ragu I was making.  Probably because it’s the middle of summer and I was cooking the ultimate winter comfort food!

However, Husby loves a brownie, and when he suggested making a brownie for dessert at first I turned up my nose.  Just a brownie when we are entertaining?  AND here’s the thing…  I’ve never made a brownie that WASN’T from a packet mix.  I just thought Brownies were a pain in the ASS to get right.  So, a bit of thought and a few idea’s to jazz up the humble brownie, and this is what we come up with.  And now, I will never be buying a brownie packet mix again.  This one is so so good. Continue reading