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cheese and mulled wine

Mulled wine (or better known as Glűhwein in Austria and Germany) is a great winter warming drink, full of rich sweet fruits and intense spices. Mulled wine has some great and interesting flavours, making it perfect to pair with a variety of different cheeses. In this article, we look at the best cheese pairings with mulled wine. Cheese Pairings with Mulled Wine: Mulled wine is a heavy drink and therefore requires a heavy cheese to compliment it. Light cheese may become lost in the mulled wines flavours. Bold cheeses such as strong blue cheese, semi-soft cheeses such as Brie and Camembert pair very well. Hot cheese dishes such as fondue also make a great pairing. Blue Cheeses: Strong blue cheese is the perfect pairing with mulled wine. This is because it has contrasting flavours. Examples of blue cheese to use include: Stilton, Gorgonzola and Roquefort. These strong, salty and creamy…

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what cheese to use for fondue

Fondue is a classic cheese dish very well known across the world and also very popular. There are a variety of different cheeses that can be used and combined to make the perfect fondue. In this article, we look at the history of fondue, as well as what cheese to use for fondue.  What Cheese to Use for Fondue? Fondue is a recipe that originates from Switzerland. Therefore, using Swiss cheese for your fondue will give you the best replica of flavours. The cheese used in fondue is ideally semi-hard, and a good melting cheese. The best Swiss cheese to use in your fondue include: Comte, Emmental, Gruyere and Appenzeller.  Tip: Remove ALL cheese rinds from all cheeses. Semi-hard cheeses have natural rinds and do not have the best flavour or texture. Also, cutting the cheese into small squares will ensure the cheese melts quickly. Comte: Comte is a Swiss…

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what causes cheese to melt

Melting cheese is the key principle in many dishes such as pizza, lasagne and mac and cheese, and many more.In this article, we look at what causes cheese to melt, in addition to some examples of the best melting cheeses, as well as the worst melting cheeses, and why this is. What Causes Cheese to Melt? Cheese melts best when there is a good balance between fat and moisture content. When the cheese begins to heat, at around 32℃, the solid milk fats in the cheese liquefy and the cheese starts to soften. The fats then rise to the surface, giving it a greasy like texture.As the cheese continues to heat, the bonds between the proteins eventually collapse, better known as melting. This collapsing (or melting) occurs at different stages depending on the type of cheese. For soft and young cheese (for example mozzarella) it may be around 55℃. Semi-hard…

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