Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Olive and Sundried Tomato Swirls

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The dog days are here and I hope they'll stay. It's been hot and sunny for a few weeks now and I don't yet quite believe our luck. Should we really be having a lovely summer this year? I hope I'm not cursing it by talking about it. As I type there is a fine rain falling outside my window, but it feels fresh and soothing. Ready for more sunshine to follow.

When it's really warm, I never feel like much cooking. Why would I want to turn the hob or oven on in my tiny kitchen and make it even warmer, but I still have this recipe waiting that I have been meaning to share since I had a party at the end of May.

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Olive and Sundried Tomato Swirls



1 block of frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 package cream cheese
1 package cream cheese with herbs
1/2 jar sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
a handful of olives, pitted and sliced
150gr gouda, grated
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Preheat your oven to 200C/Gas 6.

In a bowl mix all ingredients, except the puff pastry and set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the block of puff pastry into a large rectangle. To make it a little easier, I divide the block into two and roll out two rectangles.

Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the pastry.

Starting from the long side, carefully roll up the pastry.

With a sharp knife cut the roll into 1/2 inch thick slices and place them cut side down onto a non-stick baking tray.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.

Allow to cool on a wire rack, before serving.

These can be made a day ahead.

Enjoy!

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11 comments:

Lucie said...

These look wonderful - a great thing to serve with wine I would imagine! Lucie x

Katiecakes said...

They sound perfect for alfresco dining :D

Katie xox

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Looks and sounds perfect!!

Choclette said...

These look like great party food and really delicious. Thanks for the idea - just need the party now!.

Chocolate Shavings said...

Those look delicious, and what an elegant presentation!

Nicisme said...

These are great for parties and picnics!

Julia (A Slice of Cherry Pie) said...

Ooh, these look delicious, great to share with friends (or not!).

Pam said...

They look great and I bet they are really delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

Moogie said...

I just happened upon your blog. Love the wonderful recipes and super photos.

aud* said...

Another brilliant reciepe! Can't wait to taste it with a nice glass of wine! tank you :) a bientôt

Mary said...

These would be delightful to serve at a party or pack in a hamper for a picnic. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary