1wheel of ripe washed-rind cheese, such as L’Edel de Cleron 1wheel of ripe ewe’s milk cheese, such as Fleur de MarquisGrape jelly700 gmred grapes, plus extra to serve2Granny Smith apples, coarsely chopped80 ml (1/3 cup) lemon juice, seeds reserved440 gm (2 cups) white sugar Oat biscuits220 gmwholemeal flour80 gm (¾ cup) oatmeal80 gm (¾ cup) finely chopped walnuts 2 tbspfresh coarsely ground black pepper100 gmbutter, coarsely chopped
For grape jelly, place grapes in a large saucepan and coarsely crush using a wooden spoon. Add apple, lemon juice and seeds and 2 litres of water and simmer over low-medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Strain through a muslin-lined sieve into a large bowl. Measure 1 litre of liquid (discarding excess and pulp), combine with sugar in a large saucepan, then stir over low heat for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium, simmer for 1 hour or until jelly reaches setting point (see note). Remove from heat and stand for 10 minutes, skim scum from surface and ladle into sterile jars. Seal and invert jars for 2 minutes, then turn jars upright, cool to room temperature and refrigerate overnight. Makes about 2 cups. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or until needed.
Meanwhile, for oat biscuits, preheat oven to 170C. Process flour, oatmeal, walnuts, pepper, butter and 1 tsp salt in a food processor until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, add 2/3 cup of water and process until a dough forms. Roll dough out
on a lightly floured surface to 3mm thick, then using a 7cm-diameter cutter, cut out rounds and place on a baking paper-lined oven tray. Re-roll excess dough and repeat. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until pale golden and cool completely on oven tray. Makes about 20 biscuits. Store oat biscuits in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Serve cheeses at room temperature with grape jelly, oat biscuits and grapes.
Note To test for setting point, place 1 tsp of
jelly mixture on a cold saucer in the freezer for 2 minutes until
cold, push with a fingertip and if it wrinkles, it's ready.