From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef
If you prefer to bake the goat's cheese, simply cook it in an oven preheated to 180°C (350°F/gas mark 4) for another 5-10 minutes, until warmed through and soft. Look for Irish apples in the supermarket, particularly when they are in season, and if they're not there, ask the manager why! Apples are one of our few indigenous fruits and there is no excuse for the shops not supporting Irish farmers.
If you are looking for a slightly different starter this Christmas, this salmon gravadlax recipe is an ideal solution and can all be made well in advance, leaving very little to do last minute.
Allow to cool slightly before serving.
These make a very elegant cheese course and are quite easy to prepare. You can make these ahead of time and they will puff up again when you place them back in the oven.
To make your own balsamic syrup bring the contents of a bottle to the boil and simmer until reduced by half, then leave to cool. We store ours in small squeezy bottles for convenience. I love to use it as it intensifies the flavour of the vinegar, making it thick and syrupy so it looks great when drizzled onto a plate.