Baron Bigod Brie
Rich and creamy
- Cows' Milk
Finally, a British Brie that can rival the French: Baron Bigod is Britain’s first Brie to be made on the farm in traditional large (3kg) wheels, ladled by hand with milk from the farm’s French-bred Montbeliarde cows. This gives it an undulating, thin rind, a rich buttery softness, and a rustic flavour as it breaks down, contrasted by a fresh, lactic core. The French are very envious…
1.4 kg – Half Baron Bigod Brie
2.8 kg – Whole Baron Bigod Brie
More about this
Makers of Baron Bigod, Jonathan and Dulcie Crickmore have been dairy farmers all their lives at Fen Farm Dairy in Suffolk. Falling milk prices prompted them to diversify into cheese-making., and seeing a gap in the market for a traditional-style large (3kg) Brie (similar to Brie de Meaux) they started to develop Baron Bigod.
This involved purchasing a herd of French cows (Montbeliarde breed) to provide the rich milk needed to complement their newly-acquired cheese-making skills. With great help from a couple of famous French dairy professionals, they followed traditional Brie recipes to produce an old-fashioned Brie that has a slow, gentle breakdown to give it a perfect ripeness and to release it’s rustic and intense flavour.
Baron Bigod (pronounced by-god) was the Earl of Norfolk in the 12th Century and owned the land on which Fen Farm now stands. By building a castle in Bungay (which overlooks Fen Farm), however, he annoyed the king (Stephen) and was punished by being sent off to fight in Syria.
Brie originated from Normandy (arriving in Britain during the Norman invasion), which is where this type of bloomy-rinded cheese, such as Camembert and Brie, are best known. Jonathan likes to think “If Baron Bigod were alive today he would be very pleased to know there is good French-style Brie available in his home town!”
Ingredients: Milk, salt, cheese cultures and rennet.
This product will have two weeks’ shelf life from the date of delivery. Conveniently, at checkout you can choose a delivery date even well in the future if you would like your cheese delivering for a specific event.