St. Iola goat cheese adds heavenly flavour

St Lola

St. Iola

I love cheese!! I drive my hubby crazy with all the cheese that continues to fill our fridge.  Now I am not much of a cheese connoisseur as I love a good processed Kraft cheddar slice as much I love a mature Camembert.  But my absolute favourite has to be goat cheese, so I was thrilled when I was lucky enough to sample a new product called St. Iola from C’estbon Cheese

St Lola

St. Iola

I have to confess I am very partial to a soft gooey cheese.  This new cheese did not disappoint.  St. Iola is made in a Crottin Mould, made in the traditional French way, where the curd is gently ladled into moulds and allowed to drain off without pressing.  This fresh unpressed goat cheese features a delicate bloom rind with an earthy nose reminiscent of the forest floor.  Ripened for three weeks, the cheese becomes dense and intensifies in flavour as it ages.  The Cheese Master recommended that St. Iola should be served at room temperature with a dark berry jam or an organic honey, BUT I had my own ideas.

St Lola with Quince Jam

St. Iola with Quince Jam

St Lola Cheese

St. Iola Cheese

Since I had made quince jam earlier in the week and everyone told me how amazing quince jam was with cheese, this was my first treat.  The delicate floral tones of the jam paired extremely well with the earthy flavours of the cheese.

St Lola and Quince Jam

St. Iola and Quince Jam

I curiously needed to discover what would happen to this cheese if I grilled it.  Well I just couldn’t heat this cheese and eat it – I had to come up with a yummy second treat of the day! Early in the year I had made a Fig Jam that I thought would pair wonderfully with my newly sampled saint.

Fig Jam Ingredients

Fig Jam Ingredients

Fig Jam

Fig Jam

I sauteed some walnuts with a little brown sugar and water

Honey Walnuts

Grilled the cheese and topped with the Fig jam, sugared walnuts, and a drizzle of honey, OMG it was amazing!!

Grilled St Lola

Grilled St. Iola

St Lola Cheese, Fig Jam, Honey Walnuts

St. Iola Cheese, Fig Jam, Honey Walnuts

St Lola Cheese, Fig Jam, Honey Walnuts

St. Iola Cheese, Fig Jam, Honey Walnuts

These two tasty treats were not enough and I had to experiment with one more idea.  How would this cheese bake?  I had some leftover phyllo pastry in the fridge that required a purpose.  I decided to make a “cheese beggars purse”.  I put one small scoop of my Quince Jam and Fig Jam in the centre of a square of phyllo and then topped it with St. Iola cheese.

Phyllo Pastry Cheese Bundles

Phyllo Pastry Cheese Bundles

Phyllo bundles in the making

Phyllo bundles in the making

Baked St Lola in Phyllo

Baked St. Iola in Phyllo

St Lola Beggars Purse

St. Iola Beggars Purse

St Lola Phyllo

St. Iola Phyllo

This splendid recently introduced cheese certainly is my new favourite and I have only just begun experimenting with all its delicious possibilities.  Look for St. Iola cheese at fine local retailers to add good taste to your holiday entertainment platters.

3 thoughts on “St. Iola goat cheese adds heavenly flavour

    • I have been experimenting with a lot of different ingredients in my jam. I made 2 different batches of fig jam this year, one with honey&Grand Marnier and the other with Pomegranate Balsamic&Calvados Brandy. If you would like the recipe let me know.

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