BBC Good Food Magazine

TRY THESE INSPIRED FOOD AND CHEESE COMBINATIO­NS

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❶ ÉPOISSES BERTHAUT WASHED RIND ‘STINKY’ COW’S MILK CHEESE

Pair it with:

• gingerbrea­d loaf

• crystallis­ed ginger

This luscious French cheese, first created by Cistercian monks in the Burgundy region of France, is renowned for its pungent aroma and sweet, meaty, floral flavours. Fromagerie Berthaut still uses the same techniques to preserve authentici­ty.

• Choose a young cheese to slice, but if it’s already gooey, use a scoop and include the delicious rind

• Serve on slices of gingerbrea­d loaf, topped with crystallis­ed ginger (gently pressing it into the gooey cheese)

❷ BLUE STILTON TANGY COW’S MILK CHEESE

Pair it with:

• pink peppercorn crackers

• medium-ripe banana

• dark chocolate

A classic British blue stilton is a must at Christmas – it adds colour and drama to any cheeseboar­d. Take it to the next level with contrastin­g textures and sweet and savoury flavour pairings.

• Top peppercorn crackers with thin slices of banana, then shave over the stilton using a vegetable peeler

• Garnish with shavings of dark chocolate

❸ MONTE ENEBRO GOAT’S MILK CHEESE

Pair it with:

• charcoal crackers

• orange blossom honey

• fresh thyme leaves

The dense texture of this multi-award-winning Spanish goat’s cheese makes it perfect for slicing. It has an intense, lingering lemon citrus flavour with hints of mushroom. The distinctiv­e blue mould outer rind contrasts dramatical­ly with the pure white interior.

• Using a harp wire or long, sharp knife, slice the cheese into 0.5cm slices, then cut into quarters, retaining the curved rind

• Top each charcoal cracker with a quarter, then drizzle with orange blossom honey and scatter with thyme

❹CAPRICE DES DIEUX CREAMY COW’S MILK CHEESE

Pair it with:

• a white baguette

• whisky orange marmalade

• tangerine peel, candied and curled into twists (find out how to candy peel at bbcgoodfoo­d.com)

A uniquely shaped French cows’ milk cheese that’s been made since 1956 using fresh milk and cream. Tangy marmalade and zest of tangerine cut through the richness. It pairs well with champagne or sparkling wine.

• Slice a white baguette into 1cm rounds, toast and cool. Spread with a thin layer of marmalade

• Place slices of cheese on top, then scatter with the tangerine peel twists

❺ BERKSWELL HARD EWE’S MILK CHEESE

Pair it with:

• rye crackers

• dulce de leche

• blueberrie­s

The Fletcher family have been creating this delicious sheep’s milk cheese on their farm in Warwickshi­re for over 30 years. Berkswell’s firm, compact texture is ideal for cutting into elongated triangular shapes to create these sweet, nutty bites.

• Using a long, sharp knife, cut slices from the cheese, at angles, to make triangles

• Place one triangle on each rye cracker, then dot with a small amount of dulche de leche and top with one or two blueberrie­s

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