BRIE de Meaux AOC,the Prince of cheeses and the cheese of Kings.
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BRIE de MEAUX AOC,the King of cheeses but also said the cheese of Princes is a raw,soft,UNPASTEURIZED cow's milk cheese produced east of Paris in the region of Brie and the Meuse department.
It is ancient cheese already loved by Charlemagne and it is said that during the French Revolution,the King Louis XVI asked for a last taste of Brie before he was put in jail. It was called the Prince of cheeses and the First of the desserts by the German-Austrian statesman Prince von Metternich during a tournament organized by the French minister Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand Périgord at the time of the Viennese Congress in 1814-1815.
To make one cheese of 35-37 cm in diameter and about 3 cm thick, weighing about 3 kilograms with a fat content of 45%,23 litres of milk are used.Heated to 37°C during the renetting step(therefore not cooked),the next and most important step is the molding which is done manually by filling the mold with successive thin coats of cheese.After draining,it is salted exclusively with dry salt and put in ripening cool cellars during 4 to 8 weeks,where the cheese is turned only by hand.
The round soft cheese has a white mould rind (edible) and a smooth paste with a light straw color with a fine nutty flavor and fruits aroma.It is usually sold unwrapped on a straw mat.
The Brie Aoc is good all the year but at its best in autumn and winter.