cheese platter

Photo taken by Samantha Nordstrom

The best way to pair honey with cheese is when you are in a specialised shop trying all varieties of honey and cheese. The process of pairing is very individual, and what one likes might be considered a bad taste by someone else. But what should you do in the absence of a place where to try everything and find the perfect match? There are so many cheese flavours that even Charles de Gaulle once said: “How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?”

Honey works really well with cheese, just like salty caramel. How Stuff Works has a good explanation on why it is like that. You do not need to drown cheese in honey, instead just drizzle a little bit to get these sweet and fruity honey hints while also getting the full taste and aroma of cheese.

Blue cheese

Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Bleu D’ Auvergne are just few of the blue cheeses that come to mind. They have great creamy texture and rich flavour with salty and spicy finish. It’s a match made in heaven when you pair them with honey and a glass of good wine.

It is best to pair blue cheese with subtly flavoured honey like acacia, clover, rata, or sourwood so that it doesn’t interfere with the piquant taste of cheese. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the cheese to find your perfect combination.

Nutty

Nutty cheese flavours like Danish danbo, French beaufort, Italian parmigiano-reggiano, Swiss gruyere, and many other pair well with strong and flavour-rich honeys. These include my favourite buckwheat honey, chestnut, macadamia, iron bark, or even heather honey.

Creamy

What can be better than fried goat cheese? Creamy cheeses like brie, camembert, ricotta, and goat’s cheese pair really well with citrus honey like orange, thyme, or lavender.

Different nations have lots of recipes with cheese and honey. I recently bought some cheddar, cut it in small cubes, put in jars with thyme, a pinch of salt, ground pepper, chopped garlic, and olive oil. Let it marinate for two hours and have it as a started snack.

Cheddar marinated with honey

Cheddar marinated with thyme and honey

While Mellis Berry honey desserts are not the best match for cheese however they are really good on their own, with tea or coffee.