Petits gateaux de campagne au Cantal

IMG_9559 (400x387)One of my favourite cheeses is Cantal, a raw milk cheese from the Auvergne region. This delicious cheese was originally made by the Gallic tribe, the Arvernii, a powerful tribe that ruled a wide region of France in BC3. They were famous for having withstood the Romans during several battles until finally defeated in 121 BC. Their name was retained by the Romans to designate the region of Auvergne. This is an old volcanic area, in the heart of France, where they grazed their herds of cows. The cheese they made was so good that it’s production has continued for over 2000 years in this region. I found an easy recipe on www-aop-cantal.com for bite sized Cantal cheese savoury cookies, which can be made by hand in much the same way they would have been made by the Arvernii. I reckon you could also make these around a camp fire and bake them on a griddle as well. You would need to turn them once so that they get cooked on both sides. They are perfect to serve with a glass of wine before dinner or to munch on at any time of day. Of course the best wine to serve has to be the Puy de Dome Pinot Noir from Auvergne.

Ingredients for 20 small cakes:

  • 100g Cantal Cheese from the French Market shop
  • 100g Normandie Butter from the French Market shop
  • 1 egg
  • 150g flour
  • 50g rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

1 Bottle of Puy de Dome Pinot Noir from the French Market shop

Directions:

  1. Pre- heat the oven to 150 degrees C
  2. Grate the cheese
  3. In a large bowl mix together flour, cheese, yeast, oats and salt
  4. Soften the butter gently in a microwave oven
  5. Mix the butter into the dry mixture
  6. Make a hole in the centre of the dough and break in the egg
  7. Mix well together
  8. Prepare a non-stick baking tray
  9. Use your hands to make walnut sized balls with the dough
  10. Flatten them slightly with your fingers
  11. Place them on the baking tray
  12. Bake in oven for 25 minutes
  13. Remove and cool on a wire tray

I recommend that you serve them with a glass of Puy de Dome Pinot Noir from the Auvergne

Bon Appétit!

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