Cheese Specialties – Sweet and Tasty
Cheese specialties are a relatively new category. This family is the most creative due to the inventiveness of the cheesemaker. Specialty cheeses are created by blending one or more cheeses together, by smoking and/or by adding additional ingredients.
Making of Cheese Specialties
Cow's milk, goat's milk or sheep's milk can be used or mixed for these cheeses. Different cheeses can be layered to create ribbons of cheese within the cheese, such as the Shires of England, with five cheeses layered. Often cream, butter, herbs, spices, nuts and other ingredients may be added. Some of the processed cheeses are smoked, such as the Smoked Gouda.
Fairly "absolute" tastes come from many of these cheeses, due to the type of fruit, herb or cheese combined with the base cheese. Generally, strong flavors are the nature of these cheeses, depending on the fruit, herb or spices added. Young cheeses are often blended with the aged cheese in order to get a more flavorful taste.