September's Cheese of the Month

14 Sep 2016

Arguably no-one does cheese quite like the French. This month we’re dipping crusty chunks of baguette into the gooey goodness that is baked fromager des clarines.

Hailing from the Jura Mountains near the Swiss border, fromager des clarines is perhaps one of the most decadent things to ever come out of France.

Made from cow’s milk, it’s most commonly served at room temperature when the rich, white truffle butter flavours are strongest and the texture is creamy and flowing.

It is not unusual for this cheese to develop orange or blue mould patches on the surface. When this rind develops and the surface appears to have rippled, it is at its most flavoursome and oozes from its timber box.

In 2010, Will Studd created a national stir with fromage de clarines when he decided to bake the cheese during an episode of Masterchef. While gorgeous spooned straight out of the container, Will’s method elevates clarines to a whole new level.

Try it – we promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

Will Studd’s baked clarines

1 Clarines at room temperature

1/4 cup pinot noir

3 cloves of garlic

A couple of thyme sprigs

Ground black pepper

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C (moderate oven)
  • Remove cheese from its wooden casing then soak the box in water for half an hour. This prevents the wood from burning in the oven.
  • Use a knife to slit holes into the cheese
  • Insert the garlic cloves and thyme sprigs into the top of cheese then drizzle with the pinot noir and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Garnish with black pepper and serve with crispy bread or toast.