Hudson Valley Camembert has a soft, deceivingly mild bloomy rind surrounding one of the silkiest cheeses I have ever enjoyed. Sampled at room temperature – as all cheeses should be served! – it spreads like butter on a slice of toast or wheat cracker. The butterfat coats your tongue, and the bite finishes with a soft tang. It comes both in a round and in a cute little square that would make a great holiday gift for the cheeseophile on your list.
Serve this cheese with a sweet, crisp apple on the side; New York’s favorite McIntoshes would be ideal. I enjoyed it with a dab of spiced cranberry sauce and pinch of thyme on top. (Was cooking a Thanksgiving-inspired dinner at the time and had thyme to spare.) Stick with white wines, perhaps something bubbly or even a Finger Lakes Riesling in keeping with the regional theme.