Saturday, 24 September 2011

British Cheese Week: My Favourite Cheese

I was doing some 'research' (ahem) for British Cheese Week, and I came across Tunworth cheese being a British alternative to Camembert. I also found that it can be baked, just like Camembert, drizzled with honey and scattered with thyme leaves. Well, I had to give it a try. And it was the best lunch I've had in a long time.

I think Tunworth is a bit sweeeter and more mellow than Camembert, which can taste slightly sour. It melts to a lovely ooziness after 10-15 minutes in a hot oven, and you can scoop out the melty cheese in the middle with a knife and smear over fresh, crusty bread. You also get the flavour hit from the odd thyme leaf and of course the honey makes the whole thing sweet and sticky. Want to know where to get it? Of course you do.

You can buy Tunworth online at most of the cheese shops, but I had a trawl around our local shops and supermarkets and I could only find it in Waitrose. It seemed a tad expensive, at £5.99 for a small 250g piece, but when you consider that it is handmade, and also I decided myself from the first taste that it was worth the money. This would make a lovely cosy lunch for two people, or to serve as part of a cheese board with some nice port or red wine. Obviously I wouldn't suggest eating this every day but as a treat or special occasion it's lovely. My favourite cheese (so far!).

What are your favourite cheeses?