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St Cera

Type: Soft
Milk: Raw cow's milk
Rennet: Animal
Location: Suffolk, England

Julie Cheyney makes this lactic cheese on Fen Farm in Bungay, having moved from Hampshire specifically to work with the milk of their Montbeliarde cows.

Still a rarity in the UK, Montbeliardes produce richer milk than the typical British herd. Julie's recipe is characterised by very careful handling of delicately coagulated curd - set over 18 hours - which allows the cheese to produce a soft and moussey texture. At a week old, St Cera are washed with a brine solution and matured in a room with high humidity, allowing a pink-ish orange rind to form. St Cera has a light mousse-like texture and its flavours encompass creamy, smoky bacon carbonara to a more winey, barrique profile.