Spinach and camembert cannelloni

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Spinach and camembert cannelloni with sauce Morné and homemade tomato jam

Serving Portion: 3 per person. Recipe yield: 2 persons.


  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 3 Large Eggs 

  • 3 tbs Olive Oil 

  • 15ml Salt 

  • 15ml Pepper
  • 125g Camembert (x2)
250ml Brown Bread Flour / Nutty Wheat
25g Thyme
25g Rosemary
25g Oregano
25g Sage 

  • 25g Basil 

  • 5g Fresh Oregano 

  • 1L Water
250g Rocket 

  • 250g Watercress 

  • 1kg Swiss Chard
1 Onion (large)
3 Garlic Cloves
2.5 cm Ginger 

  • 1/4 Cayenne Chili
125g Butter
100g Flour 

  • 300ml Milk 

  • 1 Ideal Evaporated Milk Tin 

  • 250g Ripe Tomato
250g Sugar 

  • 5g Paprika
5g Pepper
2g Smoked Paprika

  • 5 Line Tomatoes

  • 10g Baby Spinach


  1. Cannelloni
    1. Sieve flour and salt together. Make a well in the centre of flour in bowl. Place the eggs and olive oil in the middle.
    2. Whisk and knead until a dough forms. Wrap the dough in cling wrap and rest in fridge with foil for 20 minutes.
    3. Cover bottom of shaving dish with foil. Fill bottom with flour/wheat and herbs and sprinkle with a little water.
    4. Place a cooling rack over and cover with foil and place over an open gas flame until smoke forms.
    5. Cut camembert into 1⁄4 pieces.
    6. Once smoke has formed, remove heat and very quickly add the cheese to the cooling rack. Smoke for 10-15 minutes.
    7. Sauté onions in butter until slightly brown. Add chilli, garlic and ginger and sauté further.
    8. Blanche greens in simmering water for 1-2 minutes and shock in a cold bath of water.
    9. Cut greens into chiffonade and add to the onions and sauté for a further 5 min.

    10. Add the flour gradually if butter is sufficient enough to make roux in the spinach.
    11. Add milk gradually and constantly mix to avoid lumps until a stiff consistency.
    12. Cook the roux and add seasoning and smoked paprika. Incorporate the cheese into spinach which must be cut in 1/8.
    13. Roll out the pasta into thin sheets and cut into +/- 10cm x 15cm rectangles.
    14. Cook sheets for 2 minutes in boiling water and shock in a cold bath of water.
    15. Add the filling and roll the shell into cylinders.

    16. Place onto baking tray and bake at 180 degrees for 8-10 minutes until andante.
  2. Sauces
    1. Boil milk and add cut cheese to melt away. Season with salt, crushed pepper and paprika.
  3. Jam

    1. Cut tomatoes into 1⁄4 and place in a pot with sugar and seasoning.
    2. Melt the sugar over low heat and stir constantly.
    3. Once the sugar is melted, turn up to a high heat and boil until a jam stage (103-119 degrees).
    4. Warm through tomato in pan.
    5. Sauté spinach.
  4. Place cannelloni on plate and drizzle with camembert cheese and drops of jam. Garnish with fresh oregano.