The best known French cheese is BRIE, also known as the “The Queen of Cheeses”.
Brie is a soft cheese named after the French region Brie, a region in NE France, between the Seine and the Marne,its place of origin.
The French Difference
The Brie that is available in France is vastly different to the Brie exported to the USA. French Brie is unstabilized and has a more complex flavor, most notably when the surface turns slightly brown. Brie when pure white is not yet matured and will not mature properly if the cheese is cut beforehand. Unfortunately, exported Brie will not mature in this manner because it is stabilized and never matures but there is one benefit; stabilized Brie offers a much longer shelf life.
Brie De Meaux is the most famous of all Brie cheeses and is considered the very best of all. The flavor is a gorgeous, buttery, earthy cheese and is steeped in French history. Brie De Meaux on many occasions been the chosen cheese of royalty. Brie De Meaux is still traditionally artisan made, just 30 miles east of Paris in the region of Ile-de-France but its history dates back over one thousand two hundred years.
How Brie is Made
Brie is produced from the whole or semi-skimmed cow’s milk with added rennet to the raw milk, then heated to a temperature of 37°C to obtain the curd. Cast into molds, poured in several layers until filled, then kept for around 18 hours. After this stage the cheese is salted and further aged for minimum four weeks.
Enjoying Brie Cheese
Brie cheese is slightly pale in color with a greyish tinge under a rind. Its flavor varies depending upon additional and varied ingredients added while producing the cheese. Brie, is a great cheese, served savory or sweet, as this cheese is one of the best dessert cheeses. The best flavor and aroma is evoked when you savor Brie cheese that is at room temperature and for an additional taste sensation, bake the brie and server in a runny state enjoyed on your preference of bread or crackers.
Brie, the Queen of Cheeses
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