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Giddy for Goat Cheese (baking)

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With full credit to Westfield Farm, I give you: Goat Cheese Pound Cake
http://www.chevre.com/goatcheespou.html

INGREDIENTS 8 oz. fresh Capri goat cheese 3/4 lb. butter 2 cups sugar pinch salt 1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest 2 tsp. vanilla 6 eggs 3 cups flour

Have the cheese, butter, and eggs at room temperature. Preheat oven to 325°F. Cream the goat cheese and butter in a mixer. Add the sugar, salt, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat until the mixture is very light. Add the eggs one by one and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Reduce the speed of the mixer to low and add the flour, beating just until the batter is mixed. Spoon batter into a 10" tube pan thickly buttered and floured. Bake the pound cake for 1 1/4 hours or until an inserted skewer or toothpick comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and let cake stand for 5 minutes. Invert the cake onto a rack and cool completely. Goat cheese pound cake is delicious by itself, or for a real treat, serve it with fresh seasonal berries and whipped cream.

So delicious, I'm not telling anyone else about it = ha!

What dream baked dishes to you create from goat cheese?

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  1. HillJ, now *THIS* sounds excellent! A lemon-confectioner's drizzle on top would also be good. Thanks!

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      Oh my pleasure. I'm serving it with brandied figs, fresh strawberries and whipped cream but honestly it needs nothing-really that good!

      1. re: HillJ

        This basil cheesecake is pretty darn good. Especially in the summer with the fresh basil.

        http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi...

        1. re: chloebell

          I've made this savory cheesecake for a party before and it went over really well. Thanks for sharing the link!

    2. http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/recipes/f...

      Here's another I posted in a thread about food blogs. When fresh figs are at their peak, dive into this recipe. Brilliant.

      1. On the savory side one of my sister's KISS recipes: Pour leftover homemade tomato sauce into an oven-proof dish and sink a fresh log of goat cheese in the middle. Bake until bubbly and serve with fresh crusty bread and roasted bulbs of garlic.

        So good!!

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        1. re: HillJ

          That is very similar to a tapa I get at my favorite restaurant: Queso de Cabra Montañes (Baked Goat Cheese w/Tomato & Basil). Although I don't think they use a whole log of goat cheese! :-)

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Ha! I guess I should mention you use an 8 ouncer of fresh goat cheese.

            1. re: HillJ

              Always looking for KISS dishes for entertaining! This sounds great.

            2. Chevre is very good in scalloped potatoes.

              1. Well, we've already discussed my affinity for goat cheese brownies, and of course we know how wonderful it is as a tart filling.

                Knowing your tastes, my guess is that you would absolutely love a fig & chevre cheesecake with a walnut crust.

                It's pretty fabulous in savory cheesecakes too, and it adds a delicious twist to cream cheese frosting. You should also try it in popovers, turnovers, soufflés & beignets. Oh, and lasagne - of course it pairs well with tomato & spinach, but it's also excellent with butternut squash, sage & pancetta.

                Yeah, I'm giddy for goat cheese (and goat's milk, and goat yogurt)!

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                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  What's not to love about every single suggestion!

                  What's truly funny about my love of goat cheese is that I'm just as happy unwrapping a plain fresh log and smearing it on toast as I am whipping up something more involved using it.

                  Sometimes less is more?

                  1. re: HillJ

                    Who needs toast? Tastes just fine to me right off a fork...or finger ;)

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Lady after my own CH-heart. Can't argue with brilliance.

                  2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    http://www.igourmet.com/shoppe/Chocol...

                    I bought the chocolate chevre by Westfield Farm for our Easter dessert table. Have you ever tried any of these chocolate goat cheeses?

                    1. re: HillJ

                      I haven't. My chocolate + goat cheese experience is limited to confections in which I combine the two myself. I commented above that I'd like to know how much sugar is in the chocolate they use for the Capri - I think I'd probably prefer the cocoa-dusted log.

                      The fig chevre & maple-walnut chevre on igourmet both sound delicious too.

                      I can't wait to hear your feedback on the cheeses you ordered!

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        Tomorrow's dinner I'll have the taste testers here...I mean the HillJ gang (ha!), we'll see. Should be fun if nothing else.