The Cheese Cake Challenge
I love a challenge and I love cheese so when friends suggested a cheese "cake" for their wedding, it seemed only natural to step up to the plate.
Although I am confident in my ability to crank out a wheel of cheese that's edible, this project caused me to re-think some of the basics and plan carefully. For example, I wasn't sure where the cheese would be consumed and the temperature of the room. A small, warm room might cause the "cake" to permeate everything and everyone with the aroma of cheese. I'm used to the smell of cheese - it hits me every time I open the refrigerator - but maybe not what others want to remember from a summer wedding.
The Cheese Cake Challenge - Some Serious Considerations
Once cheese warms up sometimes there is a change in texture as it softens up. Because of this I knew the bottom layer would have to be sturdy or I'd risk a cave-in. For this reason I settled on a basic cheddar which would be sturdy enough despite any potential change in temperature and hardy enough to withstand an evening of...standing.
The project started with multiple trips to the store - over a period of weeks - for supplies at which point the checker started to ask if I drank a lot of milk! Once home with my precious 1% (and a lot of cream) the layers were crafted over a period of weeks. The final product, below, is the outcome and pretty close to my original vision. The fruit and ribbon - courtesy of friends - added the final, festive touch.
|The bottom layer will be aged until the end of the year. A perfect treat for the holidays!|
|The original inspiration from the California Cheese Festival in Petaluma.|