Meryl Streep brought Julia Child to life brilliantly in Julie & Julia. And Julia loved these simple Camembert biscuits adapted from her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
- 6 to 8 ounces ripe Camembert or Brie
- 3 ounces (3/4 stick) softened butter
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 egg, beaten, with a pinch of salt
Scrape off the crusts and mash the cheese in a bowl with a mixing fork. Blend in the butter, and then beat in two eggs and salt, pepper and cayenne. Work in the flour and knead everything together for a moment to make a smooth and fairly supple dough. Knead in a tablespoon or so more flour if dough seems too soft. Wrap in waxed paper and chill until firm.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Roll out dough ¼-inch thick, cut into 1½-inch rounds, and brush with beaten egg. Bake in upper third of the oven for about 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Makes about 4 dozen.