Cambozola

Today our cheese adventure takes us to Germany. Cambozola is a very interesting cheese, a combination of Brie and Blue cheese. It is sometimes called Blue Brie or Bavarian Blue. It is made by Kasseri Champignon in Bavaria. The name “Cambozola” was trademarked in Germany in 1975.

Cambozola is made from pasteurized cow’s milk. It is similar to a soft-ripened triple cream but it has the added excitement of Penicillium roqueforti mold. The Penicillium roqueforti is the same mold used to make Stilton, Roquefort and Gorgonzola. For me it is the best of both worlds … smooth, nutty, creamy with a little zippy flavor from the blue. It spreads well on bread or crackers. The rind of the cheese is much like Camembert.

I did not get the best picture of the cheese but you can see what I am describing, streaks of blue in what otherwise appears to be  a piece of brie.

It is an excellent cheese for a cheese board as the mild blue would be satisfying to people who are not drawn to the stronger cheese varieties. I would suggest pairing it with apples, pears or grapes and a light to medium bodied Burgundy or Bordeaux wine. It also paired well with Graham’s 2003 Port on the evening my friend Mike and I did the tasting.

While researching I came across a recipe showcasing the Cambozola cheese and it looks amazing. I have not tried it, but I definitely will. The recipe is Warm Figs with Cambozola and Balsamic.

I found the official Cambozola website. Unfortunately it is not in English nor could I find an English version.

Blue cheese is my favorite variety of cheese and the Cambozola is near the top of that list.

Das ist wunderbar Käse! – This is wonderful Cheese!

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3 comments on “Cambozola

  1. Malt Monk says:

    I recently dicovered this great utilitarian cheese and I pair it up with different crafted beers at tastings. The last cheese and beer tasting we held I paired this with a rich German wheat helles bock and a sharp spicy French saison – both beers has the ability to contrast the cheese’s funky nature with sharp bright flavors and they seemed to clean the palate of this cheese’s rich oleaginous texture.

    Drop by the blog cheese guy and we can swap some cheese-craft beer pairings.

  2. Debora Scatena says:

    I wish I could have a go at this delightful sounding cheese.

  3. Marco Buddha says:

    I believe Cambazola to be a combination of Camembert and Gorgonzola. The name being a portmanteau of the two.

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