Part III: Dessert
And so the final chapter of our Über Flavour collaboration has drawn to a close. Speaking of draws, I would like to thank every single one of you who participated in the competition giveaway. It was really incredible to observe such an enthusiastic response from you!
This article features my go-to spread for a cheese platter, all the trimmings included. I hope that you love it!
Über Flavour: Apple & Cinnamon
This Über Flavour Rooibos Brew is ideal for dessert! I can recall a friend remarking that it tastes like “Apple strudel in a bottle,” so I thought that it would be overpowering if I paired it with another heavy dessert. I did feel it would go with a beautiful chai crème brulee, panna cotta or even warm baked custard, but this collab was all about picnic-themed dishes. And so it hit me – a cheese, fruit and nut platter would be just PERFECT! It’s also a great option for Spring that is fast approaching.
I can’t help but imagine a delighted Goldilocks seated on her quaint picnic blanket, exclaiming, “This cheese spread is juuuuuust right!”
Über Flavour Rooibos Brew Competition Giveaway
(Drum roll, please)
AAAAAAANNNNNNNND THE WINNERS ARE –
1st Prize Winner:
Congratulations to Annaleen Joubert! You get to walk away with two cases of the most amazing Über Flavour drinks, an Über flavour cooler box AND a teeshirt!
2nd Prize Winner:
Janita Naidoo, you sure did enter a lot of times! You also don’t walk away empty-handed and get to indulge in a case of Über Flavour Rooibos Brews!
We hope that you enjoy and do remember the friends who you were supposed to share these delectable drinks with. Although we don’t blame you if you love your Uber Flavour brews to the extent that you want to hide them away for yourselves. 😉
The Cheese, Fruit and Nut Spread: –
The quintessential dessert for picnic; this spread pairs with the Apple & Cinnamon Über Flavour rooibos brew
When choosing your cheeses, opt for a variety that caters to all kinds of palates. Bear in mind that your guests may be traditionalists who prefer gouda or cheddar with butter and preserves. Otherwise, they could be die-hard foodies whose taste buds border on the adventurous fence, and will try everything from pungent blues to gooey bries. These were my choices:
- I selected a 5 month-old matured cheddar with a softer flavour than other cheddars matured of the same age. This was an absolute hit with my guests because it was only slightly sharper than your usual cheddar, but the taste was delicious!
- None of my guests are blue cheese people, so I went with a white rock cheese in lieu of the blue (HA!). The white rock had some cranberries in it which was rather fruity and lovely. Creamy, nutty flavours from this cheese.
- I love the gooeyness attributable to both camembert and brie, so I selected some lovely Fairview pieces and placed them on the board. The platter looks more approachable when you cut a wedge out of your camembert round and let it lie on the board (see picture).
- My absolute favourite cheeses ever have got to be the goat’s and sheep’s milk cheeses (Chevre, chevin, labneh). Nothing can rival the feeling of that creamy cheese spreading itself over my tongue!
- I added some honey onto this board so it would be easy for guests to drip it over their cheeses directly. This is orange blossom honey – make sure that you choose badger friendly honey, please!
I recommend choosing fruits that are seasonal, so anything goes! In the summer, I would suggest some thirst-quenching melons.
- Grapes are pretty much the standard when it comes to fruits that pair with a cheese platter. It’s assumed that white grapes are more appropriate, but red grapes go lovely with the cheeses too!
- I was supposed to do some mixed berries, but I could only get a punnet of fresh strawberries on the day. However, the strawberries were just the perfect pop of tart and sweetness all in one!
- Figs have to be one of my favourite fruits and these go particularly well with brie.
- If figs are my favourite fruits, pomegranate jewels have got to be higher up on that list. In my culture, it is believed that this is the fruit from heaven. How much more appropriate can you get when it comes to hosting a heavenly, sumptuous picnic???
Nuts & Accompaniments:
- I decided to treat my guests to some roasted nuts of the finest quality, so I got these from Woolworths. It is the ‘luxury roasted tree nuts’ and includes cashews, pecans, Brazilians, macadamias and almonds. Wow, these nuts sure are fresh and addictive! Beware… I used some thyme to provide a little herby flavour to the nuts. You can also use other herbs like rosemary or lavender.
- Traditional marshmallows: this adds a little sweet ‘fluff’ to the spread. I love these unique touches and I sometimes use other treats like macarons, coconut ice, meringues, caramel popcorn, candy floss… I like to be reminded of the good old days (even though I wasn’t even thought of back then!).
- Water crackers & breadsticks are my favourite carbs to go with the cheese. I also go for crusty French loaves, and unconventional breads like brioche or little slider buns.
- Decorate your platter with some edible flowers or fresh herbs for a floral finishing touch!
Remember that whatever you do needs to have the right intention and passions behind it. So when you’re setting up your picnic spread, think of everything that your guests would like the most. Use this to incorporate thoughtful messages and food choices into the meal. It’s not called, “breaking bread” for no reason!
Über Flavour Rooibos Brew contact details: –
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