Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Fromage d’Affinois

Fromage d'AffinoisEmmanuel and Meg hosted a BBQ late yesterday afternoon. There were lots of kids (ages 3-40) enjoying the jumpy house, many different types of meat, and several nice wines. Charlotte made 3 different delicious desserts, Meg prepared a cornucopia of wonderful fruits and vegetables, and, as Emmanuel is French, there was a grand cheese plate. All of the cheeses were interesting, but the Fromage d'Affinois was a new treat for me.

Fromage d’Affinois is a cow’s milk, soft ripened cheese in the triple crème category. It is finished with a filtration process that breaks down some of the fat content resulting in a double crème of unique smoothness. It is hard to characterize a cheese this rich in flavor as light, but it has a creaminess and a freshness distinct from it cousins', the Bries.

Perfect with a crusty baguette, Fromage d’Affinois pairs wonderfully with fruit as well. I enjoyed mine with my glass of zinfandel, but a sauvignon blanc or viognier would have been good choices too. Emmanuel tells me that Fromage d’Affinois is one of the easier French cheeses to find, and I encourage you to look. It is spectacular!


At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a processed cheese and belongs in the commodity bin. Its a double cream "cheese" that is forced through a special piping system that makes the fat molecules break up. The "cheese" producing facility is a gleaming mass of pipes and looks like nothing more then a chemical factory. This is NOT how cheese should be made and no one should consider this product "quality". It's made the gentleman who used to work for Kraft a whole lot of money however. Please support real hands on cheese making and quit helping ruin what cheese should be by buying low quality mass produced products.

At 7:13 PM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

Great cheese. I love it. Along with the 400 other cheeses my homeland produces!

At 5:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care where this belongs (bin, or else), but I tried the cheese the other day - I loved it!

At 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I purchased this cheese as a breakfast cheese and it's amazing with fruit or crackers.

At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regardless of what Nic, the "Anonymous" in the first post tells us on this blog and a few others on the net, this is a lovely creamy soft cheese resembling brie but somewhat sweeter and smoother. People who like this sort of thing should judge for themselves and ignore the imposed guilt trip.
Fromager d'Affinois is made by Fromagerie Guilloteau http://www.fromagerdaffinois.com/

At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If technology is what makes this cheese so delicious, then I don't care. Bring it on. Comparing it to Kraft singles is a joke.


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