A Beautiful Country's Cheese
Yes, a beautiful country is a wonderful place to be anytime, but for this recipe we are talking about a wonderful cheese patterned after the Italian cheese 'Bel Paese', which means beautiful country in Italian.
This cheese first grabbed my attention when seeing it everywhere in Italy as the essential table cheese. It is apparently the "go to" cheese for snacking in Italy. Yes, a very fresh cheese that goes well with everything it seems. Loved by both young and old alike.
Although it always seems to be made by large scale commercial producers, I began to think of what it could become if made from really high quality milk by a small farm or by the home cheese maker.
I was not disappointed at all by that decision, as it turns out, because it's become another one of my real favorites here and a real star in my Italian workshops when we make it there.
Bel Paese is one of the best known and most popular of a group of uncooked, soft, sweet, mild and fast-ripened Italian table cheeses.
Cheeses with similar character and names like Konigskase, Bella Alpina, Bella Milano, Bel Piano Lombardo, Bel Piemonte Fior d'Alpe, Savoia, and Vittoria have been made throughout Italy, as well as in other European countries, under such names as Schonland and Fleur des Alpes.