Vtopian Artisan Cheeses – Sun dried tomato brie

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Most spreadable cashew cheeses have pretty much the same consistency, though flavors and other textures may vary. One drawback that I’ve noticed is their incompatibility with wheat crackers. Spread it on a wheat cracker, take a bite, chew and notice what happens. By itself, the cheese tastes and textures great. Put it on a wheat cracker (and most crackers are wheat based) and something weird happens.

The texture of the cheese and cracker together becomes one new unified, indistinct from each other, texture. It’s like an immediate marriage that doesn’t work out well, since both items become something new, losing their individuality. The chewed texture of the cracker and the chewed texture of the cashew cheese is too similar – when chewed together.

I have since solved that problem by using a rice cracker. No wheat with cashew cheese. It just doesn’t work. Not yet. Maybe as companies improve on their product, this factor will be addressed and the problem eliminated. Not everyone likes rice crackers.

I’ve never been a big fruit eater with cheese. Maybe a chilled cooked fruit, but not raw. Especially not with cashew cheese. Everybody recommends it, just like they do with dairy cheese, but I don’t. Olives, pickles, roasted peppers, mustard are good accompaniments.

Although this cheese is named brie, don’t expect it to act like a dairy brie. Nice though. Creamy, flavorful, not ashamed to bring this to any table – just not with wheat crackers or raw fruit. Since it’s named sun dried tomato, then a sun dried tomato relish on top would probably enhance the entire experience. I used a dill pickle slab with a country style dijon mustard on a plain rice cracker.

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