We don't serve dessert cheeses very often. They are simply not as common, perhaps, in casual homes and kitchens across America, and we just just don't think to pick them up. We drift first towards cake, ice cream, or fruit for dessert.
But we tried a sample of White Stilton with lemon at our local Whole Foods last week and were immediately smitten by its sweet tartness, almost like cheesecake infused with lemon. This is an easy, fresh dessert for spring. The cheesemonger at Whole Foods says that she likes this cheese served late in the summer with blueberries and a drizzle of lavender honey.
We found that its slight funkiness (much less than its blue Stilton sibling of course) is good served with over-wintered pears. We sliced a red pear very thin and served it with crumbled cheese and a small pot of very good coffee.
This cheese had small, gritty bits of lemon peel that may not be to everyone's liking. We tried a different brand at Whole Foods and that one seemed to be a little smoother and softer, but unfortunately we didn't get the name of the creamery. Trader Joe's sometimes carries a version of this as well. White Stilton can be found with other kinds of fruit too, like blueberries, orange peel, cranberries and candied ginger.
It's a lovely and easy dessert, and light too. Just a little fruit and cheese after a fresh spring meal.
• White Stilton with lemon, $9.99 for 8 ounces at iGourmet
(Image: Faith Hopler)