I can't take the credit for this blog post.
I came across this recipe from Rosie at The Londoner the other day, and decided that a pastry coated Camembert was something that I couldn't live without.
I should have known; Rosie has a bit of a habit of posting recipes that are just too naughty to not want to give a go. I dare you not to want to try her famous Slutty Brownies.
Once I had the the cheese-spiration, my sister/flatmate Roo and I decided that we would invite our lovely friend Alice over, for a night of cheese, wine and 90's music videos. The perfect antidote to the wet weather and the mountain of uni work that we have been drowning under lately.
I chose to use a 'lighter' puff pastry and a reduced sugar apricot jam; not that it made that much of a difference (wishful thinking).
I also made up some garlic and rosemary flat breads to do the dipping with.
All you need for this is:
2-3 big table spoons of apricot jam
1 lot of ready rolled puff pastry
1 packet of garlic and rosemary bread mix
(although this recipe seems pretty posh, I managed to get all of my ingredients for just over a fiver: 98p for two flatbreads, anyone?)
First unroll your puff pastry and and smother in apricot jam.
Remove all packaging from your Camembert.
Pop onto your pastry and add a little bit more jam to the top.
Wrap in any way you see fit.
I just went with it and ended up with a bit of a parcel.
I chose to make cheese and ham 'puffs' with the left over pastry.
Just a few slices of ham and some grated chedder, although I think onion or sun-dried tomato would be a great substitute for the ham.
I made the cheese and ham puffs into little parcels and popped in to the fridge whilst I made up the bread dough.
I cheated a bit with the flat breads.
I have been known to make my own, and if you would prefer to do so too, you can get the recipe here.
This time though, I was a bit short for time; so I brought this little bargain.
I ignored the method on the back, but did add the olive oil and water that it suggested.
I mixed the bread mix, the water and the olive oil in a bowl and kneaded, until it became a dough.
I then covered it and left it to rise for an hour.
Once risen, I split the dough in half, rolled it out into two flat breads, and baked in a preheated, 200 degree oven for 25 mins.
The cheese and ham puffs and the Camembert can all be put in at the same time as the flat bread, so everything's pretty much ready all together.
I cut the flat bread into manageable chunks and served.
This is one lot of flat bread.
We got through two between the three of us.
And this is the Camembert.
We poured ourselves glasses of wine and got dipping.
Alice brought apple-wood cheese along with her which was also Amazing, I definitely recommend that you try some if you haven't already.
We spent the night with Britney, Christina and a selection of our 90's heroes.
The whole Camembert got eaten, and I'm pretty sure everyone is still in a cheese coma now.
One of the funniest nights I've had in a while, I think we might make it a monthly thing.