Not long after I wrote about a trio of Prairie Fruits Farm cheeses last month, I got an email from Nathaniel Bjerke, one of the cheesemakers at the Illinois farm and creamery. He had seen my post and noticed that the cheese I identified as Angel Food looked nothing like the aged goat cheese he lovingly creates. Apparently, I had been sent the wrong cheese. Graciously, Nat said he would send me an actual Angel Food so I could taste the real thing, and who am I to turn down such an offer?
So with great pleasure, I present (again) Angel Food, a hand-ladled goat cheese aged for about two weeks at Prairie Fruits Farm before being shipped to your local cheese shop. Compared to the pseduo-Angel Food I sampled, this cheese was everything I expected an aged goat cheese to be – tangy, pillowy and milky white. Its brisk flavor doesn’t venture into a lemony territory, as many goat cheeses do, but remains sharp and lactic. From what I’ve read, the paste is supposed to ooze from the thin rind, but truth be told, I haven’t let my wheel sit long enough on the counter before digging in. No matter – firm or soft, Angel Food – the real one – is a cheese to savor with a glass of sparkling apple cider or something else that sparkles.