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Lazy Guy’s Cheese Fondue

Camembert of Normandy - French cheese

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Let’s stay in the French cheese department. If you really need to impress your friends and prefer to hide your incapacity in the kitchen, remember this Lazy Guy’s Cheese Fondue. It’s a no-brainer, dead simple and healthy finger food that –with enough wine– makes your guests forget that you didn’t even cook.

Just preheat the oven to 220 C, unwrap a Camembert cheese and carefully slice the rind off the top of the cheese. Return the cheese to its box, cut-side up, and place the box on a baking sheet. Add a little sea salt, freshly ground pepper and thyme leaves and drizzle with olive oil. Put it in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is browned on top and melted inside. Serve some raw cut vegetables to spoon your cheese fondue. Ready!

You need…
1 boxed Camembert (in a wooden box or it will burn)
salt and pepper
2-3 sprigs thyme, leaves only
1 tbsp olive oil
selection of raw vegetables like cucumber, red and orange pepper, carrot, Belgian endive and celery sliced in sticks of 2 inches.

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10 Things French you instantly like (with recipes)

Here are 10 ‘sweet’ recipes from the famous French kitchen. I consider myself a ‘chef’, although I only cook when we have guests. Call me lazy, but it’s true! These 10 recipes represent some of the easiest ways to impress your guests. They are simple and fast and – with one exception– sweet. The recipes have been picked randomly; I hope they are all as good when you make them as I have written here! 😛

tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin is probably the most famous apple pie there is. Besides that it’s easy to make, it looks good, smells perfect, and tastes like heaven. For a guy like me who’s not that much into sugar, it’s great. If you have a sister, make one when she’s coming. She’ll forever love you – unless her name is Suzette.

crêpes Suzette

Crêpes (pancakes) are eaten all over the world. There are Dutch ones, American ones, even Korean ones. But in France they are the best. They are thin and sweet. You can get them on almost every corner of the bigger city centres. You can have them with any sweet topping you’d like. I prefer these Suzettes with Grand Marnier.

iles flottante

It’s just a miracle to see those foamy balls of beaten egg white in the yellow vanilla soup. As a child I was a huge fan. Now it’s just toooooo sweet. Another warning: Don’t try this at home after a few courses. 😛

brioche

This sweet cake-kinda-bread matches perfectly with foie gras. It’s really good when you make it yourself and eat it while it’s still slightly warm.

macarons

Macarons are a traditional French pastry, made of egg whites, almond powder, icing sugar and sugar. No wonder they’re sweet. This chocolate recipe is mouthwatering… A MUST TRY! This is a good thing to prepare with kids, if you can manage to keep some around to eat after the preparation. 🙂

bûche de Noel

This is the thing to eat in France at Christmas…NOT my taste but it is sooo French that it simply has to be in this list. I think these heavy logs are just made of too much butter: it’s all FAT. Brrr.

croissant

The croissant is named for its distinctive crescent shape and it’s my every-Sunday starter. I eat them the Dutch way: cut open and filled with either cheese or homemade jam and accompanied by fresh orange juice and coffee. Done.

galette Bretonnes

The only salty recipe in here, but since I love them I thought they couldn’t be left out. A galette is a salty crêpe with toppings like meat, cheese, veggies or eggs. Love ’em!

soufflé

Possible in any taste thinkable, from sweet to salty. There’s even a great recipe for chicken liver soufflé. Just try a new one every day! 😛

oeufs au lait

The simplest recipe here, and believe me – it’s tastier than you could ever imagine!

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Perfect Tarte Tatin

First step to the Perfect Tarte Tatin: 'melting' the apples

First step to the Perfect Tarte Tatin: 'melting' the apples

Tarte Tatin is an upside-down apple tart in which the apples are caramelized in butter and sugar before the tart is baked.

Tradition says that the Tarte Tatin was first created by accident at the Hotel Tatin in Lamotte-Beuvron, France, in 1898. The hotel was run by two sisters, Stéphanie and Caroline Tatin.
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But who cares about the origin if it’s simply the richest type of apple pie on earth. It’s famous all over the world, and it can be made with a zillion variations.

I’ve found a great recipe from BBC Food that I tried the other day with my own apples harvested from the mill’s orchard. 🙂

And, if you prefer Dutch: Probeer dit recept.

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