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Cheese Nougat

Ease of preparation: Moderate

Preparation time : 20 minutes

Refrigeration time : 4 hours

Serves : 6

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) dried cranberries
  • ½ cup (125 ml) boiling water
  • 1 tea spoon (5 ml) gelatine
  • ½ cup (125 ml) 35% cream
  • 1 container of 250 gm of Liberty cream cheese
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) non salted, shelled pistachios
  • 1 commercial pound cake or cake, sliced and broiled (see note)
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) apple blossom honey

Method

  1. Line a 8 x 4 in (20 X 10 cm) bread mould with plastic film.
  2. In a bowl, re hydrate the cranberries in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, powder the gelatine onto the cream. Let swell for 5 minutes. Melt in the microwave oven for 1 minute or until the gelatine is melted.
  4. Use a food processor to pulsate the cheese for 15 seconds. Add the hot cream and mix until the mixture is smooth and homogenous.
  5. In a bowl, mix the cheese, the cranberries and the pistachios. Pour into the mould. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Extract the nougat from the mould and cut into 1 inch slices (2.5 cm). Put one slice per plate. Drop a thread of honey and accompany with broiled pound cake cut into triangles.
  7. Note: For an eye catching presentation, cut the pound cake into triangles. Place on a cooking plate and broil for 1 to 2 minutes on each side.