Juustoleipä – Finnish Bread Cheese

Juustoleipa - Finnish Cheese Bread

What do wine, beer, and cheese aficionados all have in common? They speak in a dialect I don’t quite understand. Whereas the aforementioned obsessives use colorful language to describe their indulgence of choice, my vocabulary is limited to “I like” and “…”

Here’s an example:
Yeasty notes. Citrus esters come out to play – more orange than lemon. Slight banana. Not much else is perceptible. I look for spiciness, but find none.

I look for meaning, but find confusion.

So here’s my review of Juustoleipä from Brunkow Cheeses in Wisconsin:
I like.

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I first heard about this cheese from the food nerds at LTHForum, the Chicago-based culinary chat site. Much like Halloumi, this firm fresh cheese can be torched without turning into a puddle of oily goo. To make it blatantly obvious that Juustoleipä can stand heat, it even comes pre-broiled, sporting a charred crust resembling toasted bread. Grilling or broiling it a second time further enhances its mild flavor and gives it a crackly crust and creamy interior.

Juustoleipa - Finnish Cheese Bread Sliced

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9 Responses to “Juustoleipä – Finnish Bread Cheese”

  1. Mike says:

    lol, the tasting notes for these sorts of things can be a bit over the top. I remember when I was first exposed to wine tasting notes, I encountered many descriptions that likened them to exotic fruits or other very specific odd flavors that did nothing but further confound me.

    last blog post: Spiced Brandied Cherries

  2. Haalo says:

    What an unusual and lovely cheese – I’d love to just bite into it! Thank you for taking part!

  3. bhags says:

    first i thought it is some kind of a recipe…..the cheese do resemble a lightly toasted bread

  4. Nora says:

    Hi Jude,

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. Juustoleipä is something new to me and sounds like something I would like instantly because I love halloumi.


  5. mike – I have no idea where the vocabulary comes from. They all say completely different things to describe the same thing. It’s BS I think.

    haalo – Thanks for the roundup. Too bad I didn’t win the book.

    bhags – It’s atkins-friendly grilled cheese

    nora – I like halloumi, too. I like putting grill marks on it.

  6. Zita says:

    “I look for meaning, but find confusion.” :D

    Just love the “CHEESE” !

    last blog post: Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream

  7. zita – exactly. that’s what it’s all about.

  8. Danielle.SavorCulture says:

    Yummmm… I love this cheese! When I worked for Sam’s Wines and Spirits, my friend Joe demo’d this cheese on weekends, and we sold a TON of it. It’s absolutely irresistible, hot off the griddle. Thanks for reminding me… wonder if anyone makes it in New England!

    last blog post: La Fête du Fromage: Bourrée

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