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Holiday Cheese Log

Inspired by a cheese log I saw at Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry (a local Victoria caterer), Chef Heather and I made an Epicurized version using three wonderful products: Cran & Apple Cinnamon Cheese Ball Seasoning, Hot Buttered Rum, and our Cherries & Berries.

I plan to have a couple of these festive logs in the fridge waiting, just in case I need something quick to serve over the holidays. Cheese logs are also very portable. I can bring one along when invited to the neighbours’ for drinks, or take one up to the cabin we’ve rented at Long Beach in Tofino for the New Year’s weekend – they will easily keep for a week wrapped in the fridge. I brought a sample to Amelia who definitely approved! They taste just like cheese cake…

Recipe: Holiday Cheese Log

Has anyone thought of using the Cran & Apple Cinnamon Cheese Ball mixture as a carrot cake icing? (I must say I have not tried it, but what a great idea!)

Bon Appétit!

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A holiday cheese log, featuring 3 Epicure products!

A holiday cheese log, featuring 3 Epicure products!

Cream cheese block and Cran & Apple Cinnamon Cheese Ball Seasoning.

Cream cheese block and Cran & Apple Cinnamon Cheese Ball Seasoning.

Do not over blend

Do not over blend

Perfect!

Perfect!

Place cheese mixture on plastic film.

Place cheese mixture on plastic film.

Wrap plastic film around mixture.

Wrap plastic film around mixture.

Roll back and forth to form a log shape.

Roll back and forth to form a log shape.

Twist wrap ends nice and tight.

Twist wrap ends nice and tight.

Turn in twisted ends and square up both sides and refrigerate to firm up (overnight is best).

Turn in twisted ends and square up both sides and refrigerate to firm up (overnight is best).

Chop pecans by hand or a quick swirl in the food processor.

Chop pecans by hand or a quick swirl in the food processor.

Chop Cherries & Berries (best by hand so as not to clog the food processor).

Chop Cherries & Berries (best by hand so as not to clog the food processor).

Melt 2–3 Tbsp (30–45 ml) of Hot Buttered Rum mix in an Eclipse® Coated Professional Frying Pan.

Melt 2–3 Tbsp (30–45 ml) of Hot Buttered Rum mix in an Eclipse® Coated Professional Frying Pan.

Add chopped pecans. Stir until coated and bubbly. Cool.

Add chopped pecans. Stir until coated and bubbly. Cool.

Crumble cooled caramelized pecans with your fingers.

Crumble cooled caramelized pecans with your fingers.

Mix in the Cherries & Berries (with your fingers).

Mix in the Cherries & Berries (with your fingers).

Roll the log over the pecan and Cherries & Berries mixture.

Roll the log over the pecan and Cherries & Berries mixture.

Press mixture into log.

Press mixture into log.

We sliced it right away, but if you chill it, you can get thinner slices. Enjoy!

We sliced it right away, but if you chill it, you can get thinner slices. Enjoy!

6 Comments to Holiday Cheese Log

  1. by Donna Alexander

    On December 22, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Looks sooo good and sooo easy. This will be on my list for my donation for Christmas dinner, for sure.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all.

  2. by Kim Knapp

    On December 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Mmmm mmmmm good. Off to the store to get MORE cream cheese! Now know what I’m taking as my Christmas Eve contribution. Thanks Sylvie and best wishes for a truly blessed holiday season.

  3. by Jennifer Maraj

    On December 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    What a delicious idea! I already love to melt the Hot Buttered Rum and toss in pecans for a great snack or salad topper. This cheeseball recipe and coating idea has now been added to my holiday….must make appetizers. Thank you Sylvie for continually inspiring us with such fabulous products, recipes and a business that allows us to give the gift of Epicure in more ways than one. Wishing you & your family a blessed holiday filled with joy and treasured moments!

  4. by Rob Dufour

    On January 11, 2012 at 8:40 am

    This cheese log looks so yummy!!! Where could we locate the recipe so we can make it? Thank goodness I still have some Buttered Rum a home. Thank you President Sylvie for giving us these great ideas!!!

  5. by Rob Dufour

    On January 11, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Sorry just looked closely and found the recipe, thank you.

  6. by Phil Longden

    On January 26, 2012 at 9:41 am

    WOW that looks great!!!!

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