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Crunchy Camembert

The cheese must be very cold before cooking or it will melt before the breadcrumbs turn golden.
Serve the cheeses immediately they come out of the oil while their centres are still hot and the coating is crisp.

ingredients

serves 4
4 Camembert triangle portions
15 g (1/2 oz) plain flour
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg
15 g (1/2 oz) fresh white breadcrumbs
25 g (1 oz) blanched almonds, finely chopped

fruity salad

2 oranges
1 grapefruit
2 teaspoons caster sugar
4 tomatoes, each cut into 6 wedges
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
vegetable oil, for deep frying

method

1. Chill the cheese portions in the freezer or freezing compartment of the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

2. Put the flour in a large polythene bag; season with salt and pepper.

3. Lightly beat the egg in a shallow dish. Mix together the breadcrumbs and almonds and spread out on a flat plate.

4. Add the cheeses to the flour and shake until well coated. Dip them into the egg and then into the breadcrumbs. Coat the portions in the egg and breadcrumbs again until evenly coated. Put on a plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, make the salad: divide the fruit into segments making sure that all white pith and any pips are removed then put the segments into a bowl and mix together with the sugar. Add the tomato wedges and mix well.

6. Drain off any liquid then divide the salad mixture between 4 serving plates. Spoon over the olive oil and sprinkle with parsley.

7. Pour enough oil into a deep-fat frier to cover the cheeses. Heat to 180°C (350°F), or until a stale bread cube browns in 60 seconds.

8. Using a slotted spoon, lower the cheeses into the hot oil and deep-fry for 30 - 60 seconds until the coating begins to turn golden. Drain on absorbent paper and serve at once, with the salad.

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