Say Cheese

August 1, 2018

Say Cheese

From making our own cheese at home, to whipping up easy and cheesy meals, Lyndall Dykes takes us back to basics.

Mascarpone and white wine fettuccine

serves 4

Ingredients

400g fresh fettuccine

250g mascarpone

100ml dry white wine

12 kalettes or broccolini

Dill sprigs, to garnish

Salt and pepper, to season

Method

Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Add the kalettes or broccolini and cook for 2 minutes (do not over cook), then remove from the boiling water and set aside. 

Cook the fettuccini following the packet instructions. If using fresh pasta, cook for 3 minutes, or until al dente. 

Meanwhile, add the mascarpone and wine into a large frying pan (it will need to be large enough to hold all the pasta). Stir over medium heat until combined and warm, do not boil. 

When the pasta is cooked, add it to the mascarpone and white wine sauce and stir through. Season to taste. 

To serve, divide the pasta between four pasta bowls. Place 3 kalettes or broccolini on each bowl, garnish with dill and season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper.


pull apart bread

Pull-apart bread

Ingredients

250g baker’s flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon bread improver

1 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons dried yeast

2 teaspoons dried herbs

20ml oil

150ml warm water or whey

250g grated cheddar cheese

1 egg, beaten 

Method

Combine the flour, salt, bread improver, sugar, yeast, herbs and oil. Add most of the water to bring the dough together and knead for 10 minutes until dough is smooth. (Hold back a little water to adjust moisture level as needed.)

After kneading your dough for 10 minutes, take a bit of the dough and stretch to make a window, this will tell you if the dough is ready. Allow to prove by keeping your dough covered and in a warm place. This will take approximately 1 hour. 

Knock back the dough and roll out to approximately 1cm thick and cut into random shapes. In a lined greased round baking dish, place a third of the cut dough shapes, starting from the centre overlapping slightly to form your first layer. Don’t go to the edges, as you will need  room for the dough to rise and expand. Sprinkle with a third of the cheese. Place a second layer of the dough on top and sprinkle with a third of the cheese. Place the remaining dough over the first two layers. 

Glaze the top layer with a beaten egg before adding the last of the cheese. Allow to prove, this will take approximately 45 minutes. 

Bake at 180°C for approximately 20 minutes, or until your bread is golden and sounds hollow when tapped. Your bread is best served warm. 


Recipes extracted from The Cheesemaking Workshop, RRP $35, available from all good book retailers or New Holland Publishers, newhollandpublishers.com 

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