Christmas Entertaining Ideas from Betty Twyford at Twyford cookers
Christmas Entertaining always brings with it a degree of finding something different and may I say, easy to produce.
When Penny demonstrated to our Christmas audience in our lovey showroom they were intrigued by this idea. So here it is:-
Boxed baked camembert with gin and orange cranberries, toasted focaccia dipping fingers and a scattering of crushed nuts
1 boxed camembert
2 bay leaves
12 pink peppercorns
Gin and orange cranberries:
250g dried cranberries
1 orange – zested and juiced
1 cinnamon stick – broken in two
1 star anise
12 pink peppercorns
Beautiful sharing dish presented on the white Aga board.
Place the dried cranberries into the sauce pot with the orange juice and 100ml of gin. Bring to a rapid simmer on the boiling plate or high heat setting then add the cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves and peppercorns; place a lid on top.
Either turn down to a low heat setting or place into the simmering oven to gently cook after 30 minutes remove the lid and add the orange zest and the remainder of gin, stir to combine and return to the oven or low heat setting for a further 30 minutes.
The gin and orange cranberries can be made a week in advance and then stored in the Aga butter dish with the lid, in the fridge. To serve just simply place into the warming oven or onto the back of the Aga.
Unwrap the camembert and place back into the box, place the lid at the bottom.
Score the top of the cheese with a criss cross pattern and drizzle with gin. Lay 2 bay leaves on top and scatter the pink peppercorns.
This then can be refrigerated for up to 8 hours when covered in beeswax wrapping paper.
Wrap in foil to make a parcel and sit on a hard anodised baking sheet.
Cook in the middle of the roasting oven (190c) for 15-20 minutes until runny.
Meanwhile make the focaccia fingers: Cut the focaccia loaf into finger sized slices, lay onto the plain cast aluminium floor grid and drizzle with olive oil.
Cook at the top of the roasting oven or grill for 4-5 minutes until browned.
To serve in the cheese box: unwrap the runny camembert and place onto a board, place the dipping fingers alongside and scatter with chopped nuts. Present the gin and orange cranberries in the Aga dish and enjoy!