Camembert Puff from Joy

About 20 years ago I created a recipe entitled Camembert Bake and entered it in the State Fair of Texas. It was Puff Pastry, Camembert Cheese, apricot preserves, and shaved almonds. It won the Blue Ribbon.Since then I have prepared many versions of it. Today, it’s a quick and simple dish that I call Camembert Puff (2009).

Keep on hand a box of 6 puff pastry shells (freezer), at least 1/4 lb Camembert Cheese, a jar of preserves and some nuts.

To prepare, preheat your oven to 425. Place one shell per person on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 20 minutes. When you take them out of the oven, cut out the circle on top. Slice a piece of cheese for each shell, @ the size of a silver dollar (1/4 inch thick). Place cheese in the hot shell. Fill almost to the top with about a Tbls of preserves. Top with @ 1 tsp nuts. Put the circle back on top and serve.

Let your imagination run away with your choices. You can use apricot and almonds, like I first did, or you might even try jalapeno preserves with spicy pecans. Not all combinations will be blue ribbon winners, but you’ll have fun trying new ideas. You can try a single puff, as I usually do, to create a new snack.

PS. I’m 74 years old.

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