We all know how unpredictable Autumn weather can be. One day it gets so warm and sunny that we start to think if Spring decided to hide around the corner and come back to us instead of allowing Fall to descend upon us. And when we thought that we’ll have another lovely day tomorrow it turns out that what we see outside the window is a gloomy day with heavy gray clouds, rain and strong wind that makes all the leaves fly around the neighborhood. And we know that Autumn is here…
There are days when the weather is so not fine that the only thing you can do during these long autumn afternoons or weekends is to sit at home covered with a blanket and watch some movies. That’s exactly when I go to the kitchen and seek for comfort. For something that would instantly lift my mood. On days like that I make creamy white cheese swirls. They don’t need much time to prepare, are delicious and they feel my body with positive energy of color when it’s gray around.
To make those yummy snacks you will need:
- 1 sheet of French puff pastry (275 grams)
- 150 grams of creamy white cheese
- 1 table-spoon of cinnamon
- 1 egg
Lets get started! Take 150 grams of creamy white cheese and put it into a bowl. It is best to use a natural one, without any flavor but it’s not that easy to find a plain creamy white cheese that would have a smooth texture without grains. If you can’t find a white cheese like that in your shop, do buy a flavored one, preferably a vanilla flavored. Now mix the cheese with one table-spoon of cinnamon until the entire batter is homogenous. If you were lucky to find a natural white cheese that is smooth, you can add 1-2 table spoons of sugar at the same moment you added cinnamon.
Take the French puff pastry out of the fridge, unpack it and unroll it completely to get a flat sheet of pastry. Cut the sheet in two halves along the longer side of the sheet. With a spatula or a big spoon spread the cream cheese – cinnamon batter on both pieces of French puff pastry. Don’t cover the entire area with a batter – do leave a 2 centimeters margin on one side of the longer edge of each piece (see scheme!) Once you cover the pastry with cheese (I hope you did it evenly) take raisins and sprinkle them all over the cheese. You can use as much as you wish, just don’t overdo!
Gently press the raisins so that they “dive” into the creamy cheese batter. This will keep them in place. Now it’s the fun part. It’s time to roll! Gently roll each half starting at the side with cheese and raisins and finishing at the margin you left without the batter. Don’t roll them too tightly! Once a pastry roller is formed you’ll use that margin and stick it to the rest of the pastry. Thanks to that this very end won’t unroll during the baking. Now that you have two cylinders you need to take a sharp knife and with delicate moves you need to cut the rollers into slices.
Each slice should be around 2 centimeters thick. Don’t worry – 1st and last slice usually look worse than the others, but they’ll taste just as good. Did you notice that each slice looks like a swirl with cheese and raisins between the pastry layers? Put all slices on a baking paper. Turn the oven on and wait until it heats up to around 180-200*C (356-392*F). In the meantime take an egg and scramble it. Then with a brush cover the top of the swirls with small amount of this eggy liquid. Finally sprinkle with sugar. This will give your swirls a lovely golden color in the baking but you can as well skip this part. When the oven has the right temperature put all the swirls inside, don’t forget to have them on baking paper. You don’t want to burn them.
Baking time is around 20 minutes but I suggest having a look at your snacks every few minutes as every oven works differently. You know that the swirls are ready when you see the pastry has puffed and that some cheese got squeezed from between the layers. When they’re golden and becoming brown-ish on top, it is time to take them out of the oven. Wait until they cool down, e voilà!
Creamy white cheese swirls are best to eat when they’re still warm and served with a cup of hot chocolate, milky coffee or spicy tea. I hope you liked my foody post. Bon apetit!