Monday, September 29, 2014

Cheese Special - Colby: Apple Cheese Pie

Don't let a little ol' apple pie just languish uncheesed...add a little Colby to make something quite special!

Apple Cheese Pie


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 185 g butter
  • Squeeze lemon juice
  • Cold Water

  • 60g butter
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup apple pulp
  • 125g Colby cheese, finely grated
  • Extra castor sugar

Pastry - Sift flours and salt, rub in butter with fingertips, until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.  Gradually add lemon juice and sufficient water to mix to a firm dough.  Turn on to a floured board.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Roll out 3/4 of the pastry to line a lightly buttered, shallow pie dish.  Set aside.

Filling - Cream together butter and sugar.  Gradually beat in eggs one at a time.  Fold in plain flour, cinnamon, salt and apple pulp, blend well.  Stir in grated cheese and pour the mixture into a pie shell.

Roll out remaining pastry to form top on pie, moisten edges to seal, brush lightly with water and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake in a hot oven for 15 minutes then reduce heat to moderate for a further 15 minutes.  Cool.  

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cheese Special - Edam: Dutch Cheese Twist

Cheese doesn't just belong on a platter or toasted sandwiches!  It can be used in all manner of ways to enhance delicious dishes.  In this, our first recipe in our cheese special, you can make this twisty-bread loaf sing!

Dutch Cheese Twist


  • 1 x 7g sachet dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 45g butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Edam cheese, shredded
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 60g butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon chopped tarragon
  • 6 slices ham, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Extra shredded Edam cheese

In a mixing bowl combine yeast and 1 cup of the flour.  Heat milk and the 45g butter, until butter begins to melt.  Add salt and blend with yeast together with 1/2 cup of the cheese and the first egg.  Beat for 3 minutes and stir in as much flour as possible.

Knead in remaining flour to make a firm dough, which is smooth and elastic.  Cover and place in a warm position and leave to rise until doubled in bulk.

Saute garlic in melted butter, and chives and tarragon.  Allow to cool.

Punch dough down; knead lightly and rest for 5 minutes.  Roll out dough to a 50 x 25cm rectangle; brush with herbed butter, sprinkle with remaining cheese and ham. Roll up dough swiss roll-style and seal edges.

Using a sharp knife, cut roll in half lengthwise, making two 50cm portions.  Place rolls side by side, with cut surfaces up.  Moisten one end of each portion, press together to seal and twist the two pieces together by lifting one portion of dough over the other.  Shape into ring, seal ends; place on a buttered oven tray.  Allow to rise until doubled.

Bake in a moderate oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven, brush with lightly beaten egg, sprinkle with extra shredded cheese and return to the oven for 5 minutes.  Serve warm.

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sandwich Fillings

Sandwiches don't have to be sad and bland, you can fill them with scrumptious made spreads that you can make and keep in jars - ready for those moments when you want nothing more than two slices of delicious bread and a divine filling of decliciousness!

Crunchy Peanut Butter Filling


  • 2 packs of cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup sweet-pickle relish
  • 1/4 cup chopped pimento-stuffed olives

Combine cheese, peanut butter and milk and mix until creamy.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Store covered in refrigerator.

Cheese, Pimiento, Olive Filling


  • 2 cups coarsely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped black olives
  • 1 jar pimiento, chopped

Let cheese stand at room temperature about 15 minutes, then add mayonnaise and beat until smooth.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Store covered in refrigerator.

Cream Cheese and Raisin Filling


  • 1 package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon chilli sauce
  • 3/4 cup seedless raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrot

Beat cream cheese with lemon rind and chili sauce.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Store covered in refrigerator.

Spicy Ham Filling


  • 1/2 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can deviled ham
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1/4 cup minced celery

Mix all ingredients.  Store covered in refrigerator.

Ham and Cheese Filling


  • 1 cup finely chopped cooked ham
  • 1 cup finely chopped tasty cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped sweet pickle
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

Mix all ingredients.  Store covered in refrigerator.

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!
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