1 x cup softened goats cheese
1 x cup softened cream cheese
1/2 cup cream
2 x T spoon gelatin
3 x Tbl spoon cold water
1 x T spoon cracked pepper
1 x T spoon smoked sea salt
3 x green onions - thinly sliced
1/4 x cup craisens
2 x cup whole wheat crackers
1/4 x stick butter melted
In a small bowl place the cold water in, then sprinkle the gelatins on top and let sit Undisturbed for 10 minutes as the gelatin blooms and becomes sponge like.
In a heavy bottomed saucepan, on medium heat, bring the cream to a boil then add the cheeses and whisk smooth.
Continue whisking and add gelatin, whisk until it is totally incorporated. Remove pot from stove and pour mixture through a sieve into a bowl. Add salt & pepper and whisk again.
Transfer cheese mixture from bowl to pouring jug.
In a food pro, add crackers, butter, green onions and craisens, pulse for 20 seconds.
Grease 8 - 10 ring moulds and place on a tray.
Take 2 x Tbl spoons of the cracker mixture and pat down hard filing each of the ring moulds base. You can put more or less depending on your personal preference.
Then equally divide the cheese mixture pouring over the cracker mixture.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and they are ready to be removed from the ring moulds and can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Accompany these cakes with both sweet and savory... I used caper berries, sliced and frozen grapes, strawberries & micro basil.
- ENJOY -
Cheese cake is such a loved desert, and that is why it was my last months recipe and I dedicate it to all those who have a sweet tooth.
However, if you are like me and prefer a savory desert such as an assorted cheese board accompanied by a good glass of red, then read on my friends, read on.
Incorporating the cream cheese along with the goats cheese allows for a decadent smooth texture and all round mouth coating effect, which can allow this recipe to be both a starter or dessert and the garnish/accompaniment possibilities are endless.
Of course another upside to this starter or savory dessert - from a chefs perspective, is the minimal amount of time put into this and yet still wielding such a flavor bountiful dish.
Go get creative!
If this dish is not for work purposes then crack open a cab/merlot blend, sit back, relax, enjoy and holla at your bad self!