Ruby Goss

Food Editor at Kitchen Stories

We hope you’ve been following our new video series ‘To Market We Go’ in collaboration with next125. To show you how to find, cook—and enjoy—the very best produce we’re exploring Europe’s very best markets. Stop 1 is Provence. So far we’ve taken you to the farmers market in Apt and behind-the-scenes of goat cheese-making in the beautiful French countryside.

The last episode for the France leg of our ‘To Market We Go’ series invites you back into the kitchen at Kitchen Stories. Our guide to the farmers market in Apt, Provence, chef Lise Kvan, visited us in Berlin to show us a recipe inspired by her local produce and cuisine—baked goat cheese wrapped in an herbes de Provence shortcrust pastry with deeply caramelized onions and a tangy herbal salad. It’s a winner of a shared meal!

Watch the video to see which ingredients Lise snuck into her suitcase, how you can give your home-cooked recipes a Provençal twists, plus some excellent pastry-making tips. Having taught at Ferrandi cooking school in Paris—we know we’re in good hands with Lise.

Watch Lise and Ruby make the recipe:

Baked goat cheese with herbes de Provence

  • 19:53 min.

How to master the recipe:

1. Invest in a pastry cutter: It will help you can keep one hand clean so you’re not completely covered in flour.

2. Remember to chill: Always chill your dough before rolling it out. This is especially pertinent when making more decorative pastries—you’ll have neater folds and more structure in the twists when the pastry is cool enough to hold its form.

3. If you can’t find something like Banon: Use a semi-ripened goat cheese that is creamy but has some character to it—Lise would always recommend chatting to an expert behind the market stall or counter to find a cheese that lends itself to baking.

4. Make your own herb mix: You’ll find herbes de Provence in stores worldwide—but why not experiment to make your own mix? The usual suspects are dried rosemary, thyme, and oregano but you can also include savory, tarragon, marjoram, fennel seeds, mint, bay leaves, and lavender.

Baked goat cheese with herbes de Provence

Baked goat cheese with herbes de Provence

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What are your favorite ways to cook goat cheese? Let us know in the comments!

We’re so glad to have taken you on a journey to this beautiful pocket of France to explore the farmers market in Apt. We’ll be back in a new location soon with more stories and new recipes to share. To market, we go!

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