Decadent Layered Savoury Cheesecake – for your Cheese Board

January 3, 2013 in Desserts & Baked Goods, Recipe

Happy New Year!
I hope twenty-13 is the year for sharing deliciousness, supporting dreams, spreading a little kindness and activating those BS detectors. I think the year of the sheep is over (unless the Chinese calendar says so!), this is the year for bravery.
Stand up for what you believe in bravely, read between lines, only do what resonates with your core and forge your own way. And if this is you already, bravo and keep going!
I hope to treat more people with kindness this year, get bloggers together more often to go good with their skills, to simplify life even more (I finally donated all the clothes and shoes I have been clearing up and collecting for over a year). It’s a small start but it lifted a weight off my shoulders.
May you realise your dreams, fabulously. I wish you all the luck!
Christmas and New Year celebrations may be over, but there is no reason to not treat yourself. A layered savoury cheese ‘cake’ makes a wonderful dessert for holiday celebrations and average days alike.


Earlier this year, I was invited to participate in the Women and Wine of the World International Competition 2012 (Femmes et Vins du Monde Concours International) in Monaco. It was an amazing experience, and you can read about it by clicking on this link.

I mentioned that as the appointed ‘god mother’ I would be preparing some dishes to pair with the winning wines. I received the wines last month and set about testing, tasting and testing again.

The Wine

 

GOLD 86.2 CHATEAU LA VARIERE COTEAUX DE L’AUBANCE 2011 WHITE SCA JACQUES BEAUJEAU France

This French sweet wine is rich with notes of honey, apricot and citrus. I was a little stumped about finding a perfect food pairing for this and I turned to the twitter hive-mind for discussion.

Friends Di Procter and Christian Smit had a number of suggestions. Of all of them, making a savoury cheesecake or a mini ‘cake’ made from layers of cheese really appealed to me.

Mine isn’t a cheesecake in the traditional sense, but rather layers of cheese – a creamy blue from my local cheesemonger and a neutral cream cheese, with dates and walnuts in between.  A wonderful alternative to all the rich puddings and cakes we eat during the holidays. And if you were wondering what to serve on a festive or celebratory cheese board, this would be my top pick. It’s also so easy to put together.

I am rather pleased with this pairing  In fact, I could not stop myself from devouring both the cheesecake and goblets of the wine, immediately after I shot the images. A perfect pairing and I do hope you enjoy it if you try it.

The tasting notes, as provided:

” One very clear pale yellow color, this wine exudes notes of acacia honey and mead. The start is elegant and fresh. Mouth, meanwhile, remains sweet and delicious, with aromas of citrus, pomelos, including grapefruit and orange zest. The finish is fresh and aromatic. ”

Recipe

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I think this savoury layered cheese ‘cake’ is the perfect way to ring in the new year. I hope it’s a delectable one!

Note: I am not remunerated to create these dishes.

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