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Ring! Riinnngggg!! The telephone impatiently shrieked at me.
Coming, coming! I was just as impatient with it as it was with me.
The phone had been ringing off the hook all morning, with the majority of calls either being telemarketers or wrong numbers (why do these sort of calls always seem to come in batches?), and I was desperately trying to finish cleanup after a morning of baking. My kitchen looked like it had been struck by natural disaster.
It turns out, it (finally!) was a right number…it was my hubby calling to tell me he wanted to have a couple people over that evening. No problem, I told him, realizing that I wouldn’t even need to make a trip to the grocery store. One of the things I had whipped up that morning was a batch of homemade crackers…and I had plenty of cheese in the fridge to pair with them!
Cheese and crackers is one of my favorite combos to put out for guests, especially if the crackers are homemade and the cheese is high quality. These crackers, which have cheese baked into them, are complex and full of umami flavor; the cheese I paired them with was none other than a selection of Castello® Moments Alps Selection cheeses: Classic, Weissbier, and Hirten. All three cheeses are fantastic.
The Classic, also called Bergkase, has a firm texture and a smooth, dry consistency. It is described as having a slightly smoky aroma and a touch of spice through a hint of mountain herbs. I noticed an earthiness to it, with hints of mushroom-like flavor. I paired it with sweet local strawberries and whole-grain crackers for a delicious snack.
Bergkase pairs beautifully with the sweetness in local strawberries.
The Weissbier has a soft, smooth consistency and a buttery taste with hints of nutty sweetness, as well as a faint taste of beer. This cheese melts beautifully and I used it to make warming dish of Vegetable Beef Pie with Cheesy Potato Topping on a surprisingly cool and drizzly early summer day.
Vegetable Beef Pie with Cheesy Potato Topping, made with Weissbier.
Out of the three kinds of cheese I tried, I think the Hirten might be my favorite. The Castello® Moments website says: “Hirten has a deep orange color and a crumbly, dry texture encrusted with small crystals. The cheese has a rich, sharp, complex taste; a slightly sweet caramel overtone, with a hint of pine…Cut [it into] very thin slices (like Parmesan) and use it in your favorite pasta or salad.” I found this cheese to be exactly as described and I absolutely loved it.
I enjoyed it so much I decided to make it into crackers…and then eat the crackers topped with more Hirten (along with Bergkase and Weissbier) and homemade jam. These crackers were particularly lovely served with sweetly spiced Peach Cobbler Jam (recipe coming soon), as the sweetness of the fruit along with the spices nicely complimented the flavor of the cheese. It was one of the easiest cheese platters I’ve ever put together, and the perfect treat to serve impromptu guests.
I also shared these three cheeses with my mom, who made the trio into a fantastic mac and cheese; if you are so inclined, that is another fabulous use for them.
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