Thursday, February 3, 2011

My Ogleshield obsession

I've been tasting a fair few cheese burgers lately but none seems to hit the spot quite as nicely as the one they do the cult London steakhouse Hawksmoor. (Quick declaration of interest here - it also happens to be my son Will's restaurant so I'm hardly unbiased!)

Part of the reason is that it's topped with Ogleshield, an unpasteurised brine-washed, Jersey milk cows' cheese. It was originally created by visiting cheesemakers at top cheddar producer Jamie Montgomery and refined by a Neal's Yard affineur, Bill Oglethorpe, hence the name.

The great thing about it - apart from the rich, mellow taste - is that it melts brilliantly, much like raclette. Hawksmoor also uses it for their wackily named Egg HkMuffin - an artisanal riff on the McDonald's breakfast special with a homemade sausage patty (right).

There's a lovely recipe from Rose Prince for some Ogleshield pastries on the Telegraph website and I have a feeling it would make an amazing tartiflette. We're featuring it at Cheese School this weekend so I'll bring some home if there's any left over and give it a whirl.

You can read more about it on the Neal's Yard Dairy site here

4 comments:

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

oh god i'm hungry... love the muffin... inspired... off to bake a leek and blue cheese tart... i'm using a cote hill blue cheese and also putting Lincolnshire Poacher in the crust... all very Lincolnshire-tastic today! x

Fiona Beckett said...

Mmmm - that sounds good, Dom. Love cheesy crusts!

Canada Cheese Man said...

And I was just wondering what to make for braekfast. Thanks for the picture that got my stomach rumbling.

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scandilicious said...

Am a recent convert to Ogleshield, it's simply delicious and SO good on that Hawksmoor HKmuffin...