Baked Cavanbert; be my cheesy Valentine!

Baked Cavanbert; be my cheesy Valentine!

Romance is in the air…My dear Cavanbert, it’s time I tell you how I really feel. You wheeled on into my life on a crisp September Saturday morning, all mouldy and a little stanky. I thought you were a once-off. A visitor on my cheeseboard, perched up next to a piece of Young buck and a tangy goat’s cheese. That was before I knew what I now know. And, well… now, you’re that wheel in the distance I hope to recognize.

Cavanbert, made by Silke Cropp, outside Belturbet, Co. Cavan is made with raw cow’s milk, and pays a fine tribute to the soft Camembert style. It’s a beautifully creamy, pungently lactic raw cheese. In my humble opinion, it is best served baked. A baked ‘bert is hard to beat but a baked Cavanbert, with thin slices of raw garlic and sprigs of fresh rosemary is the greatest union and served up with a rich Stout, like Boundary Brewing’s chocolate-heavy Stout will melt you to the core!

This dish tests patience and requires restraint… when you unwrap your Cavanbert you’ll be tempted to cut through the chalky white skin and sneak a bite of it’s delicious creamy centre… don’t! Patiently place thin slices of raw garlic and sprigs of fresh rosemary throughout the cheese and leave to bake at 150oC or lower for 40-60 minutes until the centre bubbles up like a white-hot liquid lava. Serve immediately with thinly sliced crusty baguettes for dunking and wash it down with an equally flavoursome beer like a rich stout, an imperial stout or an aged porter and feel the love!



Baked Cavanbert; be my cheesy Valentine!


Serves 2 or one if you’re lonely.


1 Wheel of Cavanbert Cheese (Corleggy Cheeses, Cavan)

2 Cloves of Garlic, Thinly Sliced

1 Sprig of Fresh Rosemary


To serve:

1 Crusty Baguette, sliced

Cracked black pepper

A couple of bottles of Boundary Brewing Stout



Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Calories per serving: it’s melted cheese, from Cavan. It doesn’t calorie.



Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius.

Pierce the cheese and insert the thin slices of garlic and individual pines of rosemary throughout the wheel.

Bake the cheese in the pre-heated oven for 40-60 minutes.

Serve bubbling hot with thinly sliced, crusty baguettes and wash it down with Boundary Brewing’s export Stout.


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