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Dessert Cheeses

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.

Flavor Profile

  • Varies; dessert cheeses sometimes come flavored with sweet spices, berries, or tropical fruits
  • When serving, vary flavors, including both savory and sweet

Nutritional Highlights

  • Varies, but many are a good source of protein, calcium, folate, vitamin A and vitamin B12
  • Notable that cheese does provide nutrients for dessert

General Use

  • 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

Complements

  • 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
  • Chutneys
  • Walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, pecans, hazelnuts
  • Fruit sauces
  • Chocolate
  • Mint