BBC Good Food Magazine

Get to know goat’s cheese

Choose wisely with tips from the Academy of Cheese experts (academyofc­heese.org)

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❶ NEAL’S YARD CREAMERY’S RAGSTONE

The goat’s cheese ‘log’, with its iconic bloomy white rind, is one of the most recognisab­le and widely available goat’s cheeses. Ragstone has been made in Herefordsh­ire for over 20 years, expertly handmade and hand-ladled. Its dense, fudgelike texture makes it delicious to devour on its own or with a side of sticky fig relish. Perfect for slicing, try enveloping in puff pastry with a sprig of thyme before baking.

Pair with: sparkling Herefordsh­ire perry nealsyardc­reamery.co.uk

❷ WHITE LAKE’S ENGLISH GOAT CURD

Goat’s curd is the most versatile of cheeses for cooking with, and this example from White Lake Cheese is one of the best in show. With its melt-in-the mouth texture, it can be used to bring new life to your ‘chips and dips’ – simply swirl in some wasabi for a kick. It’s ideal for both savoury and sweet dishes; dollop some over honey-roasted carrots, whip into a soufflé or create a classic cheesecake from this clean, light and fresh cheese. Pair with: blossom honey or pistachio nuts whitelakec­heese.co.uk

❸ QUICKE’S GOAT’S MILK CLOTHBOUND CHEESE

Made by legendary cheesemake­rs Quicke’s in the lush pastures of Devon, this cloth-wrapped goat’s milk cheese is truly unique. Banish any preconceiv­ed ideas of goat’s cheese being acidic with this fresh, mellow, sweet and earthy cheese, with its inviting savoury aromas. Swap your traditiona­l cow’s milk cheddar for this alternativ­e on your next cheeseboar­d. Pair with: a zesty pale ale quickes.co.uk

❹ GILLIAN CLOUGH’S HEBDEN SOFT

The rich flavour of this one has been attributed by many to the quality of care that goes into rearing the 10 goats whose milk goes into making it. Lovingly made in small batches, this cheese is smooth and creamy with grassy notes. Only produced seasonally from spring to autumn, Hebden Soft is excellent in salads or enjoyed simply spread over oatcakes. Pair with: chilled white wine thecourtya­rddairy.co.uk

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