North of Naples in the heart of Campania has been the cheese factory of the cooperative la Marchesa (the Marquis) since the early 1980s. They produce a whole range of fresh dairy products including the original DOP Mozzarella di Bufala Campania Biologica, a mouthful. Soft, fresh and creamy as a good mozzarella should be, to be used in a caprese salad or on a freshly made pizza!
Gold winner at the Frech Cheese Awards, The Little Milk Comapany Vintage Cheddar is made from raw unpasteurised milk which has not been exposed to the heat treatment required for full pasteurisation and therefore retains more of the natural flavours and nutrients present in the milk used to make it. This is a complex cheese and has aromas which linger longer in the mouth.
This cheese has been aged for up to 18 months, with less moisture than younger cheddars leaving a concentration of protein and fat. Its aging makes it a hard cheese which is full of character, but it really needs to left out of the fridge unwrapped for an hour to get to an ambient temperature of around 11 degrees celcius – the taste difference is worth the wait! The hard texture of this cheese makes it perfect for grating as a parmesan alternative or cooking in dishes like Gratins. When enjoying on a Little Milk Company cheese board, the strong flavour of this cheese makes it great for eating towards the end! Cut in thin slices to let it melt in your mouth.
Thinking about wine? This cheese pairs well with full bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, an Oak Smoked Chardonnay and great with Port or whiskey! Winner of the Gold medal at the Mondial du Fromage in France 2015.
This cheese is not safe to eat when pregnant as it is made with raw milk.