Pannerone is a soft cheese produced in Italy. The name is derived from the word 'Panera' that means 'cream' in Italian. It is one of the creamiest cheeses available and contains a very high fat content. The cheese is made with additional cream and milk fat added to unpasteurized cow's milk. Pannerone is aged for 3 months in a moisture-contained room.
Upon ripening, it develops an off-white colour and a natural ash casing to protect it from too much moisture in the air.
The cheese tastes smooth with undertones of bitterness. It has a slightly grainy texture and a sweet aftertaste. Once cut, it lasts for 3 weeks in the refrigerator. Pannerone is excellent as a table cheese and taste well with fresh fruit.
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