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 flavour 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 unpasteurised 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 flavour 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, London
- Family: Cheddar
- Type: hard
- Fat content: 48%
- Texture: close, crumbly, dense, firm, springy and supple
- Rind: natural
- Colour: white
- Flavour: citrusy, grassy, mushroomy, salty, sour
- Aroma: fresh, lactic
- Vegetarian: yes
- Producers: Caws Cenarth, Neal's Yard Dairy, Westcombe Dairy
- Synonyms: Duckett's Aged Caerphilly, Duckett's Caerphilly
Other cheeses from United Kingdom:
Acorn, Appleby's Double Gloucester, Basing, Berkswell, Bermondsey Hard Pressed, Buffalo, Cheshire, Coverdale, Davidstow 3 Year Reserve Special Vintage, Davidstow Extra Mature Cheddar, ... show all ... , Davidstow Mature Cheddar, Double Gloucester, Double Worcester, Duddleswell, Dunlop, Extra Mature Wensleydale, Gloucester, Gospel Green, Hafod, Hereford Hop, Huntsman, Isle of Mull, Keens Cheddar, Lairobell, Lincolnshire Poacher, Little Black Bomber, Llanglofan Farmhouse, Lyburn's Winchester, Marble Cheddar, Marbled Cheeses, Mature Wensleydale, Oak Smoked Wensleydale, Old Harry, Old Winchester, Orkney Extra Mature Cheddar, Orkney Mature Cheddar, Penbryn, Red Leicester, Scotch Bonnet Cheddar, Seator's Orkney, Seriously Strong Cheddar, Spenwood, Sraffordshire Organic, Tregonwell, Tyn Grug, Wellesley , Wensleydale, Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheddar
Abbot’s Gold, Applewood, Burwood Bole , Colston Bassett Stilton, Cornish Yarg, Cotherstone, Cotswold, Criffel, Derby, Devon Blue, ... show all ... , Devon Garland, Huntsman, Lord of the Hundreds, Lyburn Gold, Lyburn Lightly Oak Smoked, Maisie's Kebbuck, Malvern, Montgomery's Cheddar, Old Ford, Orkney Medium Coloured Cheddar, Red Windsor, Sage Derby, Sharpham Rustic, Sharpham Rustic Chive & Garlic, Sharpham Savour, Stoney Cross, Teifi, Ticklemore , White Stilton with Mango & Ginger, Wyfe of Bath
Ailsa Craig, Burwash Rose, Cardo , Celtic Promise, Chorlton Blue Cheshire, Cropwell Bishop Blue Stilton, Exmoor Blue, Francis, Gorwydd Caerphilly, Harbourne Blue, ... show all ... , Harlech Truckle, Innes Brick, Kirkham's Lancashire, Lake District Extra Mature Cheddar, Little Colonel, Lyburn Garlic and Nettle, Marbled Cheeses, May Hill Green, Ogleshield, Oxford Blue, Pembrokeshire Extra Mature Cheddar, Pembrokeshire Mature Cheddar, Red Dragon Truckle, Stichelton, Stinking Bishop, Tilly Whim, Waterloo, Wigmore
Baron Bigod, Bartlett, Bath Blue, Bath Cheese, Beenleigh Blue, Blacksticks Blue, Bonchester, Bosworth, Buxton Blue, Cornish Brie, ... show all ... , Cote Hill Blue, Cottage Cheese, Cranborne , Cremet , Delamere Goats Cheese Logs, Dorset White, Dorstone, Dunsyre Blue, Finn, Flower Marie, Golden Cross, Innes Log, Lake District Mature Cheddar, Ragstone, Sharpham, Sharpham Elmhirst, Somerset Brie, Stawley, St Jude, Tunworth, Yorkshire Blue
fresh firm cheeses:
Wensleydale with Cranberries
fresh soft cheeses:
Cerney Pyramid, Childwickbury, Innes Button, Olde York, Pant ys Gawn, Perroche, Sleightlett, Vulscombe, Windrush Cheeses