Let's Talk White Bloomy Rinds
Soft, white bloomy rinded cheeses are a fantastic summer companion. Perfect for spreading onto torn bread at a beach picnic, or paired with bubbles in your garden… versatile, universally loved and fantastic paired with most summer food and drink staples.
The recognisable white, fluffy rind of these cheeses is all down to moulds such as Penicillum Candidum. This mold gives an earthy, mushroomy flavour - just savoury enough to balance the dessert rich curds within.
These cheeses fall under the ‘surface ripened’ category, meaning it develops from the surface inwards. This will be why, on cutting open, you will find a gooey custardy layer, before a possibly firmer middle. This silky quality is a result of the Penicillium molds breaking down the proteins within the milk - so get a spoon ready.
There are so many amazing white bloomy rinded cheeses… So to avoid going off on one, let’s focus on Baron Bigod. A staple on our cutter, and a king in the world of runny delicious cheeses.
Baron Bigod is made by Jonny and Dulcie Crickmore, at their Fen Farm in Bungay, Suffolk. We’re talking the real deal here! Baron Bigod is one of the few remaining farmhouse Brie’s in the world - and the only one in the UK. The farm is home to a herd of Montbeliarde cows, prized for their milk, and the choice of cheesemakers making Comte and Vacherin Mont D’or (so you know it’s the good stuff).
To take your alfresco experience to the next level, you cannot go wrong by pairing this cheese with some bubbles.
Carbonation is a useful ally for fatty foods. Bubbles wick the palate clean and allow you to go between the two afresh. Acidity present in the wine also works to balance out creaminess in the cheese - basically, it makes for an all round harmonious experience.
We love this cheese with so much from the chilled fridge… but especially Natürlich, Ben Landron - a Pet Nat from the Loire, France. A perfect summer wine - 90% Folle Blanche, 10% Pinot Noir, this spritzy number has all the brightness and zest to balance a gooey soft cheese, as well as delicious notes of baked apples to complement the earthy rind. Summer is sorted, we think!