Tête de Moines aka Bellelay cheese
Tête de Moine cheese
Tête de Moine is an AOC cheese, which means "Monk's Head" and is derived from its invention and initial production by the monks of the abbey of Bellelay, in the community of Saicourt, in the mountainous Bernese Jura. However it is currently produced by fewer than 10 cheese dairies in the areas of Porrentruy, Moutier, Courtelary and District of Franches-Montagnes.
The cheese is made from whole cows’ milk. Its average weight is 850 grams, but some can go up to 2.5 kg. It is has a cylindrical shape of which the height accounts for 70 to 100% of its diameter. It is matured for a minimum of 11 weeks on small plank of spruce.
The cheese is eaten in an unusual way in that it must be carefully scraped with a knife in order to develop its scented flavours. In 1982 the girolle was invented, an apparatus which makes it possible to make “rosettes de Tête de Moine” by turning a scraper on an axle planted in the centre of the cheese. This apparatus gives an additional impulse to its consumption.
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For example, almost cheeses that are similar to Cheddar cheese have around 400 calories per 100g
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|Queso blanco cheese||310|
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