International Beer Day is celebrated every year on 4 August so in this post I’m raising a glass and bringing you some of my favourite beer and cheese combos.
My cheese of the month originates from the Yorkshire Dales and is one of the oldest surviving British cheeses. Introduced to the region almost 900 years ago, it’s faced extinction several times over the centuries. Today it is still made using traditional methods, with a unique flavour which comes from the rich pastures and meadows that the cows graze on. This is the delicate and delicious Swaledale Traditional.
Langres, or Petit Langres, is a fantastic example of a washed-rind cheese. This decadent creamy cheese hails from the Champagne region of France and takes its name from the town where it is produced. It is washed in a brine and annatto solution which imparts flavour and gives the cheese its distinctive orange, wrinkly rind.
I’m always looking for new ways to add different styles of cheese to desserts and this no-bake cheesecake was a great experiment and the taste was delicious. It uses my cheese of the month, Bix, a triple-cream cheese which has extra double cream added to it, making it perfect for puddings.