Looking for a satisfying, easy, elegant way to end your meal? Cheese might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but it makes for a fabulous dessert. Imagine a soft chevre with raspberries and roasted pecans, for example. For a more extravagant spread, choose a few cheeses, combining flavors (mild and strong) and textures (soft and hard). Add a couple of accompaniments to the plate. Fresh fruit (grapes or pears), dried fruit (figs or apricots), and nuts (spiced walnuts or roasted hazelnuts) are classic.
For a special summer cheese plate, arrange cheeses on a platter with fresh berries and drizzle with balsamic vinegar or a tiny bit of honey. Serve dessert cheese at room temperature with a sweet or semi-sweet wine, coffee, or Belgian beer.
- Varies; dessert cheeses sometimes come flavored with sweet spices, berries, or tropical fruits
- When serving, vary flavors, including both savory and sweet
- Varies, but many are a good source of protein, calcium, folate, vitamin A and vitamin B12
- Notable that cheese does provide nutrients for dessert
- To make a cheese dessert drizzle, combine equal parts balsamic vinegar and sugar
- Can make dessert cheese balls
- Cheese tortes made with cheese, honey, and nuts
- Fresh fruit like raspberries, grapes, strawberries, melons, pears, apples, peaches, cherries, plums (not citrus fruits)
- Dried fruit like apricots and dates, cherries
- Fresh or dried figs
- Jams and preserves
- Walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, pecans, hazelnuts
- Fruit sauces