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Many could argue cheese doesn’t need any form of accompaniment but for obvious reasons, we’d like to totally disagree.
Indeed, we feel that quite the opposite is true – cheese needs a little something by way of a helping hand, and the fruitier the better! Here are some fruity pairings to try alongside your cheeseboard selections:
Cheeseboard Chutney is fabulously fruity, bursting with fresh figs, cranberries and apples, finished with a drop or two of Pinot Noir to add a real depth of flavour – is just perfect with Baron Bigod, made by Fen Farm Dairy is an English artisan-made brie style cheese with a nutty, mushroomy rind, a deliciously smooth and creamy delicate, fresh and citrussy centre which come into their own with this totally fruity chutney.
Spiced Apricot & Cranberry Chutney is jam packed full of apricots, orange and cranberries, combined with onion, garlic, ginger and spices to deliver a rich and spicy chutney – simply has to be paired with Apatha, a delicious goat’s milk cheese made by Cumbrian makers Martin Gott and Nicola Robinson. This washed-rind goat’s milk cheese delivers bags of floral sweet notes, which are perfectly enhanced by the fruit and spices in the chutney.
You might imagine a Bloody Mary Chutney might be something of an acquired taste but as you will discover this is a total cheeseboard sensation! Tomatoes, celery, red chillies and a splash of vodka add a little sophistication to proceedings - divine with Fellstone made by Tom and Clare Noblet at their farm at Hutton Roof, on the edge of Cumbria. This is a traditional old Yorkshire Dales Wensleydale style cheese with bags of flavour and a deliciously firm texture that is amazing with the tiny hit or boozy tomatoes and chilli heat provided by this tangy chutney.