This rich French blue has the salinity of a Roquefort, but a buttery character from the Montbeliarde and Aubrac cows’ milk.
How Much Cheese To Buy
We recommend a portion size of 70-120g per person depending on when you are eating the cheese. 70g is ample if you are serving the cheese immediately after a large meal or as part of a buffet. If the cheese is the main part of the meal you will need to allow at least 100g per person and you may prefer to go to 120g if you think your guests will be particularly hungry (or just very fond of cheese!).
However, if you are only a small party, you may find that the pieces look a little small. In this case, choose fewer pieces, or even just one cheese, so that you can present your guests with something that looks more substantial. If you want to provide a wider choice of cheeses, just go for slightly larger pieces and enjoy the leftovers yourself the next day.
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Bleu des Causses bears more than a passing resemblance to its close cousin, Roquefort. Hailing from the Auvergne region of central France, it shares a similarly spicy character and the same smooth, creamy consistency as its more famous relative.
Historically, Bleu des Causses and Roquefort would have been closer still, when a more fluid approach to the milk was used. Farmers may have mixed their cows’ and their ewes’ milks according to what was more plentiful.
Ewes’ milk is also much more expensive than cows’ milk, as the yield is so low, so there would have been a further incentive to the cheesemaker to combine the milks. AOC rules put a stop to this practice with Roquefort being awarded the very first appellation for cheese in 1925. Bleu des Causses took longer to be recognised and was only awarded the appellation in 1953.
The Causses region is a dramatic landscape of volcanic limestone caves, deep gorges, steep, wooded slopes and grassy plateaux. The cheeses are matured in the limestone caves, which provide the perfect environment to nurture them to maturity. The cool, moist air maintains an even temperature throughout the year and is regularly refreshed by openings to the sky, which draw fresh air across the mountain meadows and deep into the caves.
Bleu des Causses is a sometimes overlooked sumptuous treat. With a moist, luscious paste, it is a cheese of lively character, with a full spicy taste.
*A whole Bleu de Causses weighs 1.3kg. Smaller weights are a cut of a whole cheese.