There is no end to the talent that is Lorna Maseko; she’s a world-class TV Presenter and renown ballet dancer as if all those accolades were not enough she is also an award-winning author with an internationally acclaimed cookbook Celebrate with Lorna Maseko (Available online and in stores).

Lorna’s recipes are definitely something worth celebrating! Her simple approach to creating jaw-dropping food is something to admire, emulate and of course celebrate.

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What does Brie cheese taste like?

One of the best things about Lorna’s cooking is how she introduces sophisticated ingredients by pairing them with everyday foods helping us novice cooks feel safe to explore the flavour and develop our palates.

Brie may be one of the more common cheeses, available in most grocery stores, however, it isn’t an everyday go-to cheese.

Like Camembert, Brie is easily paired with fruits and nuts because of it’s earthy (rather than sharp) taste. Brie has a subtle flavour that makes it an easy add to both sweet and savoury dishes without introducing a severe contrast.

How to serve a fig, apple and Brie tart 

A fruit and cheese combination makes for a great appetiser or finger food to have with cocktails before an event. This tart is also a great alternative to the run-of-the mill dessert. Served with a chilled sparkling rosé Chardonnay or ice cold Prosecco  it is the perfect accompaniment to chats and laughter.

Ingredients

  • 1 roll ready-made pastry
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 50g butter
  • 80g Brie cheese
  • ¼ cup crushed walnuts
  • 4 fresh sliced figs
  • 4 apples thinly sliced

How to

  • Pre heat the oven to 180°C
  • Roll the puff pastry out on a lightly floured surface
  • Roll into a rectangle
  • Cut 2cm off each side. Brush the edges of the pastry with the beaten egg and place the 2cm of cut off pastry on the edges to create a raised frame. The egg was acts as glue.
  • Lightly brush the entire pastry with the egg wash.
  • Use a fork to prick small holes all over the pastry.
  • Place the pastry on a lined baking tray and bake until golden brown (for about 15min-20min)
  • While the pastry bakes, melt butter in a sauce pan and cook the figs ,apples and drizzle of honey in butter until soft.
  • Remove from the heat. Remove pastry from the oven.
  • Arrange the apples and figs on the baked pastry with generous chunks of brie.
  • Garnish with crushed walnuts.

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Recipe and Image from Celebrate with Lorna Maseko Available in book stores and online.