DID YOU KNOW
- Brie is the best-known French cheese around the world; it is even nicknamed “The Queen of Cheeses”.
- In order to fully enjoy the taste, Brie must be served at room temperature.
- Brie was named after the region where it was originally created, the Brie region.
- Brie used to be a precious gift: several hundred years ago it used to be one of the tributes that had to be paid to French kings.
- There are now many varieties of brie, including Brie de Meaux, Brie de Melun, plain brie, herbed varieties, double and triple cream brie.
- To spot a “real” French Brie, it should be unstabilised, the flavor will be complex only if the surface has turned slightly brown. When Brie looks pure white, it means it has not matured enough. If the cheese is cut too early in the maturing process, it will not develop properly.
- Brie is often compared to Camembert; however, it is milder and has lighter tones of cream and butter. Camembert, in comparison, has deeper tones of mushrooms and herbs.
- Brie goes perfectly with walnuts, honey and plum chutney. For a rich treat to share with your loved ones, try melting it in the oven and enjoy!