Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fromagerie Guilloteau: Fromager d'Affinois

I recently received samples of four flavors of Fromagerie Guilloteau's line Fromager d'Affinois: Plain, Bleu, Pepper and Garlic and Herb. Fromager d’Affinois debuted in 1995, produced using ultrafiltration, an ingenious process which retains a higher concentration of nutrients and ensures creamier and richer cheeses (and they are very creamy and rich, I assure you). A top-seller worldwide, the brand has expanded to include a number of flavors beyond the popular Fromager d’Affinois plain flavor.

Fromagerie Guilloteau: Fromager d'Affinois

  • The Fromager d’Affinois Plain is a luscious double cream that is nearly impossible to stop eating.
  • The Fromager d’Affinois Pepper combines the bite of peppercorns (black, green, white, pink and Jamaican) with the smoothness of a double-cream cheese.
  • The Fromager d’Affinois Garlic & Herbs pairs the zip of fresh garlic with mixed herbs (parsley, chives and chervil).
  • The Fromager d’Affinois Bleu combines the tang of blue cheese with the smoothness of the Fromager d’Affinois Plain. It is the ideal “starter” cheese for those looking to explore the world of blue cheeses.

Each one of these cheeses has a firm rind filled with the most sensual soft double cream cheese you can imagine. The combination of the two textures is extremely pleasing, and played off the crustiness of the baguette we topped very well.

Our four sometimes finicky eaters (aged 4 to 14) ate the cheeses up with no problem. Even the blue was given some grudging admiration, not a small feat at all.

We savored the flavors over a week or so and the cheese kept the good taste and proper texture the entire time. We will definitely be searching out these cheeses again and most certainly serving them to guests at our next party. Fantastic cheeses.

Cheese provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.

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