Tete de Moine Cheese

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Approx. Weight: 2 lbs.
Your Price: $47.98
Avg. Rating:(6 ratings)
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Raw milkYes
Animal RennetYes

Tete de Moine means 'monk's head'. This Swiss gourmet cheese was originally invented by the monks of Belleray Abbey in the Bernese Jura, and they taught the local farmers how to make it.

Unlike most other mountain gourmet cheeses which tend to be very large, it is made in small drums. The rind may be smooth and slightly greasy, or rough and brown in color. The paste is firm and creamy to straw-yellow in color, darkening as it ages. There may be small holes or horizontal fissures in the paste.

Older Tete de Moine cheeses smell strongly of roasted nuts with wine-like aromas. The flavor is sweet and tangy, with musty wood mold and nuts.

Tete de Moine can be sliced, but to get the frilly curls of cheese traditionally served in Switzerland you will need to use a cheese curler or girolle. The curls are achieved by turning the handle of this special knife on a stand and shaving the cheese across the top and a little way down the sides.

Ingredients:part-skim cow's milk, cheese culture, salt enzymes.
This cheese needs to be curled with a girolle to become this wisp of pleasure in your mouth.I like it with champagne and pears.

One of the best cheese I ever had during my recent visit to Lausanne! Highly recommended for cheese party, get together, etc. a great talking point too! It is just yummy!

The Abbey in the Bernese Jura (Switzerland) where the Tete de Moine is made is actually called Bellelay, not Belleray.

Wonderful cheese! Shipped immediately & I will order again.

Excellent tasting cheese, definitely need the scraper to get as thin as possible. A little goes a long way. Enjoy at room temperature on a cracker and some wine. A little pricey but its worth it.