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Friday, October 14, 2011

Saint Benoît's Yogurt Cheese: Another Ferry Building Pleasure

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 9:00 AM

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Saint Benoît, known for exceptional craft yogurt made in the Eurpean style, has expanded their use of "culture" to a new domain, cheese. They make two.

The base cheese is a simple "yogurt cheese," packed in the same ceramic vessel they use for their yogurt.

Thick as kindergarten glue paste, the cheese is similar in texture to cream cheese. The flavor is similar as well, but with a more developed character. The cheese exhibits more subtly and nuance, with haunting notes of flavor hitting the rear of one's palate. Tiny tickles of citrus, and a light herbaceous character, are just discernible.

Clearly an exceptional recipe addition or alternative to cream cheese on a toasted New York bagel, the cheese also goes exceptionally well with pepper jellies, like those from INNA jam.

The second flavor, basil garlic, is less compelling. Similar to the rondele cheese spread that used to masquerade as European sophistication on simple cocktail party platters. The garlic is not intense enough to notice, and the herb just gets in the way of a nice cheese.

You can find Saint Benoit's Yogurt Cheese at San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market on Saturdays and some locations that carry their yogurt for $6.

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