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Favourite fruit and cheese pairing.

I was having a lovely hunk of Keens cheddar with an cox's orange pippin apple and musing on how sometimes the simplest things are the best and maybe this is the perfect cheese and fruit match.
Or maybe Stitchelon and comice pear is better?
What are other great cheese and fruit matches?

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  1. pears and Parmigiano-Reggiano

    1. I was surprised by how much I enjoy Edam and pears.

      1. Pears and Cypress Groves Purple Haze or Truffle Tremor!!

          1. Fruit & cheese, two of my very favorite things :)

            Chevre/goat cheese: figs, peaches, pomegranate, apricots, blackberries, strawberries, cherries
            Feta: watermelon, grapes
            Blue/bleu: pears, figs, blackberries
            Aged gouda: apricots, apples, pears
            Young gouda: cherries, peaches
            Manchego: quince, apricots, figs
            Cheddar (preferably extra sharp): grapes, apples
            Brie: plums, apples, strawberries, cherries
            Gruyere: cherries, blackberries
            Fontina: apples, plums, pears, grapes
            Asiago: figs, grapes
            Pecorino & Parm: grapes

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Pear and tallegio, especially warmed gently in a panino.

            2. I have a favorite fruit 'n nut snack that Starbuck's sells (and now I make my own) that has dried cranberries, blueberries, almonds and cashews. A nibble of whatever sharpish cheese I have on hand, between bites, is my favorite late afternoon snack. Oh, also I love smoked Gouda with those big round holiday grapes!

              1. Grilled Pineapple with Mascarpone Cheese
                Blue Cheese with Grilled Pineapple
                Grilled Mango with Pepperjack

                and, if you're a dried fruit lover the pairings can go on forever. Apricots, plums, dried pears, go deliciously well with cheese plates.

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                1. re: HillJ

                  This is a relatively new thing for me. The availability of tons of good quality, bite sized dried fruit makes this so much fun. I especially love dried cranberries with cheese!

                  1. re: ItalianNana

                    So true, the combinations are endless...and oh so delicious!
                    This morning I had homemade date nut bread with a slice of Banon and a shot of honey drizzle with my coffee.


                2. Cream cheese and jelly (usually strawberry).

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                  1. re: grampart

                    grampart, any particular bread/base favorite to go with or do you just spread the pairings (which are a childhood fav) on the palm of your hand : o )

                    1. re: HillJ

                      Actually, I prefer a well toasted Thomas English Muffin.

                      1. re: grampart

                        Excellent choice! All those nooks and crannies! :)

                  2. Grapes or watermelon and feta..

                    1. Inspired by the meal at Longman & Eagle, we made Gruyere donuts with maple syrup, parmesan, roasted hazelnut, whipped citrus goat cheese and cinnamon pears to our dessert table for Easter. Big hit!

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                      1. re: HillJ

                        I signed up for Chowhound just so I could ask you this, because I am now OBSESSED with these gruyere doughnuts!! I had never heard of them before, nor about Longman and Eagle, but now I have to have them!
                        Please tell me what your recipe was, because I would love to make and eat them!!!

                        1. re: MrsE_Wood

                          Sounds like this may be a type of gougere. There's a gazillion recipes for gougeres, which are not hard to make.

                          BTW, Food Quests is a new (and in the opinion of a large percentage of Home Cooking Board participants, superfluous)
                          board which is not getting much participation. You will find lots of guidance about how to poach pears if you search the HC board or ask for suggestions there.

                          1. re: greygarious

                            Oh, thanks!!! I will definitely check those out!! Yum!

                      2. White grapes and muenster.

                        You can go for "wow" and
                        --nearly freeze the grapes [but lose a ton of flavour]
                        --nearly melt the cheese
                        and have them explode in your mouth.

                        Reminds me of the flavour-combining scene in Ratatouille.

                        1. gorgonzola dolce and pear is one of my favorite pairings.

                          manchego and quince paste (membrillo)

                          this is a nice chart with pairing ideas: http://www.vermontcreamery.com/cheese...

                          i love fig compote with many cheeses.

                          grilled peaches are so fun in the summer! i like them with creamy cow's milk cheeses.

                          i almost always put dried apricots and fresh red grapes on my cheese platters. i also like to include a seasonal fruit, too.

                          1. Honey wine spiced poached pear and walnut gourmandise

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                            1. re: wyogal

                              Oh my...that's a perfect pairing. I never forget a restaurant that has spiced poached pear w/ or w/out cheese on its menu. the photo says it all.

                              1. re: wyogal

                                Poached pears are such an easy, lovely, delicious, and impressive dessert. Teaming them with cheese this way seems almost too good to be true. This is a must-try.

                              2. In her first book, "The Cheese Lover's Guide," Paula Lambert (The Mozzarella Company) has a recipe for Port Poached Pears with Stilton Souffle. I don't think I have to tell you how delicious that combination is.

                                1. Red grapes and Camembert or Brie are good together. Colby and Granny Smith apples or red sweet apples and cheddar. Muscadine grapes and Camembert or havarti are a South Georgia favorite.

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                                  1. re: DrWalden

                                    a few years back a friend from So Carolina gifted me a bottle of muscadine wine. I kinda looked down my nose at it until we opened it and had it with some Camembert! What a pleasant surprise.

                                  2. At a wine pairing dinner in Taos, dessert was roasted figs with blue cheese and Questa honey. Delicious, especially with the sauterne.

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                                    1. re: Veggo

                                      the only thing i would add to that would be some toasted walnuts. beautiful combo.

                                      1. re: alkapal

                                        Good thought - a 4th compatible flavor, and a little texture.

                                    2. Dates and goat cheese, with almonda