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Thursday, December 12 2019

Holiday Dessert Platter

By: Allison Spurrell
Cheese is the ultimate dessert

The holidays are certainly a time for special foods and traditions, but many people have given up big desserts after holiday meals.

Welcome the cheese plate as a bridge to finish off the dinner wines and continue lingering conversations.

Milk Type: Assorted, as in whatever you like.

A cheese platter instead of dessert could, in theory, be any cheeses that you like but if you put a slightly “sweet” spin on your platter you can please the dessert lovers and abstainers all at the same time.

Focus on fruitier, or rich cheeses, rather than earthy flavours, and pair them with some of your favourite sweet accompaniments.

Great cheese options are:

· d’Affinois Excellence (pictured)

· Grand Crème Delin – triple cream

· Stilton – a Christmas classic

· Fruit Wensleydale (pictured)

· Cheddars of any sort

· Candied Ginger Delice

· White Fox (pictured) – an aged UK Leicester

· Rich blues like Saint Agur or Bresse Bleu

· Cave Aged Gruyere or other mountain cheeses

Pairing: This is where you can have fun and really personalize your plate for your group. Small cookies, shortbread, colourful fresh fruit as well as dried fruit all work well. Here are some other suggestions:

· Gingersnaps

· Sugar cookies – in holiday shapes maybe?

· Seasonal fruit like mini mandarins set the Christmas mood, and bright berries are always good for colour on the plate

· Toasted nuts of any variety – spiced or sweet will all be a good match

· Dried fruit like figs and dates

· Dried citrus slices

· Chocolate salami – chocolate studded with biscotti and nuts. Speaking of which, biscotti would be great too

· Dark chocolate bark

· Fruit jam or jelly, or even something a little savoury and spicy like pepper jelly or chutney

Here are our suggested wine pairings :

Written By: Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell
Allison Spurrell

les amis du FROMAGE is a family owned and operated specialty cheese store with two locations in Vancouver. With a carefully curated selection of local and imported cheeses, charcuterie and accompaniments, they also specialize in frozen soups and meals, all made in house using top quality ingredients. Founded in 1985 by the mother and daughter team of Alice and Allison Spurrell, les amis du FROMAGE is proud to still remain a family owned and operated Vancouver company after over 30 years in business. Current owners Allison Spurrell and Joe Chaput have come a long way since the original shoe-box sized store opened in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighborhood. You can rest assured that their mission is to continue the company’s reputation of offering the highest quality cheeses, cut to order, along with one-to-one customer service. Vancouver - 1752 West 2nd Avenue, BC V6J H6 Tel (604) 732-4218; Strathcona 843 East Hastings Street.V6A 1R8 Tel 604-253-4218. www.buycheese.com.