Caerphilly is a hard, white cheese originating from a town of the same name in South Wales. It was first made in Caerphilly in about 1830. Its texture and flavor bears resemblance to cheddar, which is the most popular type of cheese in the United Kingdom. This cheese is known as "the crumblies".
The recipe for Caerphilly has been inspired from other crumbly cheeses like Cheshire, young Lancashire and Wensleydale. It is said that the cheese was specially made for coal-miners as its tough texture and shallow height made it easy for them to eat with bare hands while the salty, moist curd helped to replenish the lost minerals.
Caerphilly is made from unpasteurized cows' milk and matured anywhere from 8 to 10 to 14 days. Some variants are often kept for up to a year to develop a harder texture and stronger taste. Inside the pale ivory rind of the cheese, young Caerphilly has a fresh and pleasant taste alongside a moist yet supple texture. With maturity, the edges become creamy and the flavor becomes more rounded. It usually has a wheel-shape with ivory-white rind dusted with fine flour. As the cheese ages in a moist cellar, the white and gray moulds become thicker and more leathery. The cheese can be vegetarian depending upon the brand.
A basic white burgundy would go well with this cheese. It is normally grated or melted onto dishes.
- Made from unpasteurized cow's milk
- Country of origin: United Kingdom
- Region: Wales
- Family: Cheddar
- Type: hard
- Fat content: 48%
- Texture: close, crumbly, dense and supple
- Rind: natural
- Color: white
- Flavor: full-flavored, salty, sour
- Aroma: fresh
- Vegitarian: no
- Producers: Caws Cenarth
Other cheeses from United Kingdom:
Acorn, Basing, Berkswell, Buffalo, Cheshire, Coverdale, Double Gloucester, Double Worcester, Duddleswell, Dunlop, ... show all ... , Extra Mature Wensleydale, Gloucester, Gospel Green, Hafod, Hereford Hop, Huntsman, Isle of Mull, Lairobell, Lincolnshire Poacher, Little Black Bomber, Llanglofan Farmhouse, Marble Cheddar, Marbled Cheeses, Mature Wensleydale, Oak Smoked Wensleydale, Orkney Extra Mature Cheddar, Penbryn, Red Leicester, Scotch Bonnet Cheddar, Seriously Strong Cheddar, Spenwood, Sraffordshire Organic, Tyn Grug, Wensleydale, Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheddar
Abbot’s Gold, Applewood, Cornish Yarg, Cotherstone, Cotswold, Derby, Devon Blue, Devon Garland, Huntsman, Maisie's Kebbuck, Malvern, Montgomery's Cheddar, Red Windsor, Sage Derby, Teifi, White Stilton with Mango & Ginger
Burwash Rose, Celtic Promise, Chorlton Blue Cheshire, Exmoor Blue, Gorwydd Caerphilly, Harbourne Blue, Harlech Truckle, Marbled Cheeses, May Hill Green, Oxford Blue, Red Dragon Truckle, Stichelton, Stinking Bishop, Waterloo, Wigmore
Bath Cheese, Beenleigh Blue, Blacksticks Blue, Bonchester, Bosworth, Buxton Blue, Cornish Brie, Cottage Cheese, Dunsyre Blue, Finn, Flower Marie, Golden Cross, Sharpam, Somerset Brie, Yorkshire Blue
fresh firm cheeses:
Wensleydale with Cranberries
fresh soft cheeses:
Cerney Pyramid, Innes Button, Olde York, Pant ys Gawn, Vulscombe