I received this sample of Normandie Ile de France Camembert recently. I was one of the lucky fews who got to sample the product before it hit the shelf and release to the general public. Its' flavor is more intense than Brie and I instantly noticed it when I first opened the box. I could actually smelled it. Ile de France Camembert is crafted in Normandy, from local Rbst (hormone) free pasteurized cow milk. The herds spend most of their time outside, grazing in the fields of Normandy, known for its temperate climate and rich soil. It has the mushrooms and nutty undertones and known for its' creaminess.
This was my first time sample a Camembert and frankly I had no idea how people eat this besides serving as a cheese platter. So I went to the Ile de France Website and look through the recipes. But I was too eager to try it and I had some bagel at home, so I just cut two slices and toast it in the toaster oven. Got to say, even though it didn't smell too good, it tasted not bad at all. Very creamy and melted beautifully. Even my little Edda who said yuck at the smell couldn't stop eating it. Two days later, I tried it in my cheesy shell pasta dish and my two girls walloped it up. They really loved it.
Two slices of Camembert on my mini blueberry bagel.
The end product! Loved how the cheese melted, yummy! Would go great with a English muffin with bacon and fried egg as well.