Perfect Cheeseboard & Honey Pairings...
The cheeseboard is often the unofficial star of the festive table. providing convenient rich pickings throughout the festive holiday too...
Although there's a difference between a few slabs of cheese on a plate, and an array of textures and flavours which re-invigorate our taste buds and prepare us for the sweet course ahead. Accompany your cheeses with walnuts in the shell, dried fruits, grapes, figs, apples - and of course, honey and honeycomb. Here's a few pointers when considering pairing cheeses and what to consider when choosing a special honey:
Raw honey with a raw goat's milk is always a sensational combination—we'd go with a lighter, more medicinal flavour like Borage Honey for this, not to overwhelm the curd.
- Honeycomb with an aged sheep's milk is a particularly good combination—the chewy toffee notes of the honeycomb sets off the caramelised flavour of the aged sheep's milk. Try our golden Trio of honeycomb.
- In general, pair sweet with salt to highlight the flavour contrasts - a Shropshire Blue with a Shropshire Honey is a nice way to match terroir at the table. Aim for contrasts rather than similar flavours, that way, you'll pick out flavour notes you might otherwise have missed.
For pungent, mature, cheeses, like a cheddar or a gouda, our Truffle Infused Honey is the way to go. Just don't serve this one with mild cheese, as the truffle flavour will cancel out delicate flavour.
Nutty hard cheeses go well with rich bittersweet Heather Honey and Honeycomb - the rich sweetness balancing the saltiness well. Serve squares of cheese with honeycomb on top as a special canapé.
If you're serving liquid honey alongside your cheeseboard, don't forget to make a statement of it with our handmade and beautiful St Ives Stoneware Honeypots, designed to perfectly fit our glass jars, and now with ceramic drizzling spoons. Makes for a beautiful handmade gift for someone special!