Capricorn Goats Cheese Challenge

I’ve just been asked by Ethel the Goat at Capricorn Goats Cheese if I would like to take part in a fun food challenge.

About the challenge in Ethel’s own words:

“To celebrate my love of cooking and my hometown, I’m launching the#CapricornChallenge – a national search for goatally scrumptious recipes using ingredients from Somerset.”I’ll try each recipe (what a life!) and select 6 finalists over the coming months – these will appear on my website: capricorngoatscheese – To finish off the challenge, I’ll choose my overall favourite recipe and the winning chef will receive atrip to Babington House in Somerset (it’s so plush – beats my pen any day!) anda year’s supply of Capricorn Somerset Goats Cheese®

They sent me a hamper jam-packed full of all their favourite foods from Somerset, including Burrow Hill Cider, Rose Farm pickle and – of course – their very own Capricorn Somerset Goats Cheese.

Here is the recipes we made-

Cheesy vegetable pasta…

What you need:

  • 1 * 400g Can of chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 1 Medium Chopped onion
  • 1 Tbsp Virgin olive oil
  • 250g Packet of pappardelle pasta
  • 75g Capricorn Somerset Goats Cheese
  • Pinch black pepper
  • 1 Bay leave
  • Pinch of salt
  • Half a tsp mixed herbs
  • Half tsp basil


  1. Chop the onion and pepper.
  2. Heat the Virgin olive oil in a pan and gently fry the onion and then add pepper.
  3. Add the tomatoes.
  4. Add the salt,pepper and spices and bay leaf bring to the boil and simmer.
  5. In another large pan cook the pasta according to packet instructions.
  6. When the pasta is cooked drain add the cheese to the tomato sauce and stir in the cooked pasta for a few minutes until cheese and pasta is all mixed in.
  7. Remove the bay leave a enjoy !!

Easy cheesy pizza:

What you need:

  • 4 Ripe tomatoes
  • 1 Chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp onion marmalade
  • Half  tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Medium pizza bases


  • 75g Capricorn Somerset Goats Cheese
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 10 Piece cooked turkey ham slices
  • Scented thyme


  1. Pre heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 5.
  2. Place the ripe tomatoes,chopped onion,onion marmalade,mixed herbs and olive oil in a food processor and blitz for a few seconds.
  3. Place the pizza bases on a tray and spread the pureed tomatoes sauce on top of the pizza bases.
  4. Chop the tomatoes and turkey ham up cube the Capricorn Somerset Goats Cheese and arrange the cheese,turkey ham cheese on top of the pizza.
  5. Cook for about 20 minutes until the cheese has melted and the turkey ham has browned.

Pear cider cake:

What you need:

  • 2 Pears peeled and chopped
  • 200ml Medium dry cider
  • 1 Tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon golden caster sugar
  • 100g Walnuts

For the cake:

  • 100g Margarine
  • 100g Golden caster sugar
  • 2 Medium eggs
  • 100g self raising flour
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the topping:

  • 50g Capricorn Somerset Goats Cheese
  • 50g Margarine
  • 100g Icing sugar sieved
  • Punkin seeds


  1. Pre heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 5.
  2. Place the pears,cider,cinnamon,golden caster sugar and walnuts in a pan,bring to boil then simmer for about 20 minutes until the pear have softened.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  4. Cream the margarine and butter together with a electric whisk.
  5. mix the eggs in one at a time adding a little sifted flour with each then mix in remaining flour.
  6. Mix with the pear mixture and place in a medium round greased baking tray.
  7. Bake for around 40 minutes until golden.
  8. Leave to cool 10 minutes then remove to cool completely.
  9. Mix the butter,Capricorn Somerset Goats Cheese and sieved icing sugar together and spreed over the cake,sprinkle the punkin seed on top of the cake.

What do you think to my recipes ?

About this review-I got sent this lovely hamper full of great food to enter this competition and I was not paid for this post..

Claire Justine
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  1. Winnie
    17 June 2012 / 19:40

    Oh Claire – I looooooooooove these recipes!I'm a vegetarian and these are perfect for me 🙂

  2. SusanKMann
    13 June 2012 / 15:50

    mmm these look fab. I love goats cheese but haven't used it in anything other than salad, pizza or deep fried. Your challenge is interesting x

    • Clairejustine
      14 June 2012 / 11:36

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  3. Anne
    13 June 2012 / 12:44

    They look delicious! I tried Goats cheese on pizza at the weekend and it was amazing:) Hope you are having a good week:)~Anne

    • Clairejustine
      14 June 2012 / 11:36

      Oh was that the pizza on twitter from instagram ? it looked great 🙂 thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. Nekky
    12 June 2012 / 13:34

    I can smell this already. Yummy.

    • Clairejustine
      13 June 2012 / 12:14

      Thanks Nekky 🙂

  5. Lisa @ Two Bears Farm
    12 June 2012 / 12:04

    Oh these look so amazing! I don't think you can get this brand of cheese here?

    • Clairejustine
      13 June 2012 / 12:13

      Thanks for the comment,Not sure where do you live in the USA? 🙂

  6. einfachtilda
    12 June 2012 / 09:29

    Oh man,ist das lecker, mir knurrt der Magen.LG Mathilda

    • Nekky
      12 June 2012 / 13:33

      Es sieht lecker aus.

    • Clairejustine
      13 June 2012 / 12:12

      Thanks for the comments 🙂