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Jun 19, 2013 03:51 PM

Leonora Goat Cheese from Spain

This weekend at a paella party I ran into a goat cheese I'd not had before, Leonora. It's relatively new in the world of cheese and hails from Leon, Spain. Our example was purchased from The Cheese Board in Berkeley, CA. This was a big thick slab, more than an inch thick cut from an oblong brick about 6" across. While the rind was still quite white, bloomy and edible, the outer edges of the paste had turned to ooze. The core was dense and bright white. I was surprised at how soft and velvety the middle was, not chalky or grainy at all, but lusciously creamy and grassy tasting. Lightly tart, this was not nearly as tangy as other middle-aged goat cheeses. I really liked the contrast in texture and flavor intensity working from one edge to the other.

We enjoyed it spread on good bread and topped with some homemade apricot preserves. I hope to bump into Leonora again.

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  1. Sounds like you should seek out another cheese called Monte Enebro also from Spain but from Avila made by the Baez family
    They use the same mold as Roquefort, which adds a deep complexity to the cheese along with many of the same descriptors you used about the Leonora.

    3 Replies
    1. re: chefj

      Mmmm, yes, to Monte Enebro. It's been a few years since the last time I've had it, thanks for the reminder.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I want to try Leonora as well. Next time I place an order I'll see if my Dist. carries it.

        1. re: chefj

          The flavors not complex like Monte Enebro. What's so lovely about Leonora is the fudgy texture, so creamy, rather than the way other goat cheeses tend to crumble even when fresh.