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Pia Dec 17, 2005 01:23 AM

A couple of years ago, I was seduced by the Sottocenere at Mollie Stone's. The cheese itself was nothing special but, oh, that truffle flavor!!! Sottocenere remained my favorite (despite mercifully brief flirtations with a Cacciota and a Pecorino--both painfully dull and inadequately truffled). That is, until a few months ago when I encountered a Boschetto al Tartufo at Whole Foods, and lost my heart all over again. I introduced the Boschetto to my family, and they told me I need not bother to bring any other cheese home again.

Yesterday, I met a serious contender for my affections: a truffled Brillat-Savarin. I had been ready to commit myself to a whole Boschetto (approx.$30, whole), but the sheer unctuousness of Brillat-Savarin enveloping a thin layer of pulverized black truffle gave me pause. I eventually resolved the conflict by buying half a Boschetto for the family, and half a Brillat-Savarin (approx.$42, whole) as a guilty pleasure for myself--and a couple of very special people.

For more detailed descriptions, and a longer list of truffled cheeses, see the link to mom!mom!.com below. (Not the likeliest- or edgiest-sounding website, but practical, and pretty thorough re truffled cheese.)

By the way, does anyone have suggestions for a wine to go with truffled Brillat-Savarin?

N.B., The truffled Brillat-Savarin is available only briefly. In fact, the Cheese Man at the San Mateo Whole Foods told me that they have received their one and only shipment. I think Whole Foods has the widest selection of truffled cheeses, though Draeger's and Mollie's both have Sottocenere. The Pasta Shop in Berkeley has(or had) a truffled Tenerella, which I am hoping to try someday.

Link: http://www.mom-mom.com/truffle_cheese...

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    Oakland Barb RE: Pia Dec 18, 2005 02:09 PM

    Thanks for the heads up, but the Brillat-Savarin is not available at the Whole Foods in Berkeley. If anyone knows where to find it on this side of the Bay, please speak up!

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      Martin Strell RE: Oakland Barb Dec 2, 2013 12:56 PM

      Just happened upon this old thread. I love Brillat-Savarin cheese. They have both the plain and the truffled version at the Cheese Counter in Market Hall in Rockridge. At least they did the last time I was there, a few weeks ago.

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      jeff diamond RE: Pia Dec 18, 2005 02:32 PM

      A truffled Brillat is available as a special order by your local cheesemonger through a local food distributor. It usually takes about four weeks from time of order to arival. It's ungodly expensive and doesn't have a great shelf life, which is probably why you don't find it very often at local cheese counters.

      1. maria lorraine RE: Pia Dec 2, 2013 11:02 PM

        An entire wheel of truffled Brillat Savarin was my birthday cake one year, topped with pansies.

        It's very easy to make. Buy a wheel, or a wedge of Brillat-Savarin, split it into two layers like a layer cake, then spread La Rustichella Truffle Paste between the layers. Reassemble, add some edible flowers on top if you like, and you're done. This is the way they make it in the Whole Foods Cheese Department. My friends and I call it Cheez-Gasm.

        You can purchase both the truffle paste and the Brillat-Savarin at Whole Foods.

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          wolfe RE: maria lorraine Dec 3, 2013 04:33 AM

          They have the untruffled( is that a real word) at Costco.

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            maria lorraine RE: wolfe Dec 5, 2013 05:45 PM

            That's a good lead, to buy the cheese at Costco, and the truffle paste online.

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            goodeatsgal RE: maria lorraine Dec 3, 2013 10:33 PM

            Wow. That sounds like my kind of birthday cake! :-)

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              pilinut RE: maria lorraine Dec 4, 2013 02:11 AM

              Fantastic idea!

              I can have 2 different birthday cakes this year :-)

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                maria lorraine RE: maria lorraine Dec 4, 2013 04:55 PM

                Actually, Whole Foods made it for me.

                We'd purchased a few wedges that they'd done like this, and thought we'd get an entire wheel for my birthday. It was amazing! And so pretty with the bright purple and yellow pansies.

                Since that time, we've bought the cheese and the paste separately, and made it ourselves. WF knows all about it, at least the stores in the Bay Area we frequent, and you can call them.

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                  Melanie Wong RE: maria lorraine Dec 5, 2013 09:51 AM

                  This thread was originally on the SF Bay Area board. I didn't flag it to be moved to the Cheese board because it seemed more about local availability, but it wound up here anyway. That's unfortunate because it makes Ridge's pointer to the Cheese board pointless.

                  I posted about WF's Truffle Triple Creme Brie Cake here, to share my experience tasting it and your instructions for making it.
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/926480

                  I did so because I had searched for availability elsewhere, and the only mentions I could find on the web were to Whole Foods stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. So folks elsewhere will likely need to make it themselves since it may be unique to our area.

                  Do you use the entire jar of truffle paste for one wheel of Brillat-Savarin?

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                    Ruth Lafler RE: Melanie Wong Dec 5, 2013 10:43 AM

                    I flagged it. It seemed to be moving towards a general discussion of truffled cheeses.

                    It's possible that other Whole Foods locations could make it on request if they have all the ingredients.

                    On a related note, am I wrong in remembering a truffled triple creme (either a Brillat-Savarin or a Delice de Bourgogne) at Costco one (recent) holiday season?

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                      maria lorraine RE: Melanie Wong Dec 5, 2013 05:15 PM

                      I believe we used the entire small jar (90g jars for $17) on a wheel, yes.

                      A little goes a long way, though. Bear in mind, more truffle paste is not necessarily better. We've erred in putting too much truffle paste on and lost the flavor of the Brillat-Savarin. Find out what balance works for you.

                      You can find the truffled cheese made regularly at the Santa Rosa Yulupa store, and possibly the Coddington one, and the Napa one, for sure. My guess is all the stores in the Bay area know about it, and could certainly make it for you.

                      I'd urge everyone to try a wedge of the already assembled Brillat-Savarin and truffle paste, and see if you like it. Everyone I ever gave it to was immediately hooked, and it started this huge wave of Cheez-Gasm craving.

                      Shortly after first being exposed to this, and buying numerous expensive small jars of the truffle paste, we graduated, and began ordering the 450g jars of La Rustichella, saving quite a bit.

                      Plus, we use the truffle pate/paste on roasted potatoes, in potato gratin, on pasta, in souffles, on other creamy cheese, etc.

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                        Melanie Wong RE: maria lorraine Dec 5, 2013 05:30 PM

                        Thanks, the example I tasted came from the Santa Rosa Coddingtown store. The photo I linked to in the other thread is from the Mill Valley - Blithedale store. I've also seen a blog post from somebody who bought it at the Cupertino store . . . but it was $33/lb, rather than $30.

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                  Ridge RE: Pia Dec 4, 2013 08:04 AM

                  Hi Pia,

                  Wanted to let you and other cheese fans know that we have a Chowhound cheeseboard. It's a really cool place to talk about cheese so please check it out and join us! We have an active Cheese of moth discussion that people might enjoy (November COTM (still active) was washed rind and December is holiday cheese plates)

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/91

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                    Ridge RE: Pia Dec 4, 2013 08:21 AM

                    I have enjoyed both the Sottocenere and the Boschetto al Tartufo in the past but have not had them in a while. One of the cheeses we discussed during the October cheese of the month discussion (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918822) over at the cheeseboard was Truffle Tremor by Cypress Grove. The consensus was that this cheese was just ok.

                    As for beverage pairings lately I have really enjoyed pairing cheeses with Oloroso Spanish sherry. You might try it with truffle cheeses.

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                      Veggo RE: Ridge Dec 4, 2013 08:47 AM

                      I was disappointed by Truffle Tremor, plus it's very pricey.

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                        liu RE: Veggo Dec 11, 2013 08:46 PM

                        I love Humboldt Fog, so I just bought some Cypress Grove Truffle Tremor today; I had not yet read this post. I, too, was quite disappointed. It has very little truffle flavor, if any.

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                        Ruth Lafler RE: Ridge Dec 4, 2013 01:59 PM

                        Trader Joe's has a truffled brie that's surprisingly good (especially for the price). My first truffle experience was actually a truffled Italian cheese they had as a holiday special one year at Trader Joe's.

                      3. DonShirer RE: Pia Dec 4, 2013 04:22 PM

                        I've sampled two Italian truffled cheeses I've been impressed with:
                        Moliterno al Tartufo (***)
                        Calciotta al Tartufo (**+)
                        and one that I was not impressed with:
                        Perlagrigia con Tartufo

                        1. Melanie Wong RE: Pia Dec 5, 2013 09:44 AM

                          Where else are folks finding truffle cheeses in the San Francisco Bay Area?

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                            Ridge RE: Melanie Wong Dec 5, 2013 10:58 AM

                            It seems like they are pretty common in most of the better supermarkets. Picked up a 1/4 of a Boschetto yesterday at WF in Davis and we had it last night. I have gotten a bit burned out on Truffle flavored things after one to many mediocre Truffled risottos and other truffled dishes at various bay area restaurants. But the Boschetto was delightful. The truffle flavor was satisfying and well integrated into the cheese.

                          2. Ruth Lafler RE: Pia Dec 9, 2013 12:31 PM

                            I bought a truffled English cheddar at TJ's this weekend. I've had a nibble but it's interesting, because unlike a lot of truffled cheeses -- which tend to be mild -- the cheddar flavor itself is quite strong.

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