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Tuesday 26 Mar 2024   

Sainte Maure de Touraine

A fabulous Goat Cheese you'll want to try! We love Sainte Maure de Touraine!

A fan favorite, let us introduce you to the Sainte Maure de Touraine.

This is a full-fat, unpasteurized goat’s cheese that hails from Touraine. Touraine is a region just an hour outside Paris by train which boasts some famous natives such as René Descartes and Honoré de Balzac. And, of course, this delicious cheese!

At this point, we are sure you are no longer surprised by the various cheese coatings you’ll often find in shop windows, but while some might expect this gray color to be mold, the Sainte Maure de Touraine is actually a chèvre cendré meaning that it is covered in ash!

Why ash, you ask? Well, ash helps to improve and enhance the flavor of certain cheeses because it neutralizes the acidity in curds. Acidity in cheese can inhibit ripening, preventing cheese from reaching its optimal flavor and texture! It had started as a natural bug repellent, but the ash also helps with the ripening of cheese as it creates a favorable environment for the forming of certain bacteria needed to make cheese. Also, it is impossible to deny that the ash greatly improves the appearance of the cheese, creating a striking contrast with the whiteness of the goat's cheese and subtly contouring the rind.

Not only is ash an interesting and unusual aspect to Sainte Maure de Touraine but the cheese also has a straw which is used to hold the cheese together in its roll shape. The straw is also an indicator of authenticity because it contains the AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) seal. This seal guarantees that the cheese is made with traditional methods, if the straw doesn't contain the seal, then it hasn't been made following the methods. So, look for that seal! It will also be evident in the name in of the Fromage, not to be confused with a very similar fromage, not made with the traditional practices will just be called Sainte Maure!

Your cheese cutting guide!

Each French cheese has its own specific cutting method to be sure that everyone gets an even slice! With the Sainte Maure de Touraine we are keeping things simple, by cutting across!

We love pairing a Sainte Maure de Touraine with a zesty, mineral white wine with citrus notes. Couple it with a crisp sauvignon blanc to get the most out of this cheese!

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15 Apr 2024

  • French Technical Classes / Mastering Classic French Sauces
  • Three hours of mastering the French Classic Mother Sauces - the grand canon of Cuisine Française. We’ll tackle emulsions, roux, reductions and more!

  • La Cuisine Paris, 80 Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris     Time: 14:30 - 17:30
  • Price: €119.00     Availability: 1 place left

15 Apr 2024

  • French Macarons / Les Macarons : Technical 3-hour
  • For the serious Macaron lover. Three hours of intensive Macaron time - we will tackle two types of classic macaron shells and four types of classic macaron fillings!

  • La Cuisine Paris, 80 Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris     Time: 9:30 - 12:30
  • Price: €119.00     Availability: 4 places left

16 Apr 2024

  • French Baking Classes / Le Croissant & Breakfast Pastries
  • The 'Roi' of the Parisian breakfast table, Le Croissant ! Enjoy three hours of mastering this decadent, flaky, buttery French icon.

  • La Cuisine Paris, 80 Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris     Time: 10:00 - 13:00
  • Price: €119.00     Availability: 1 place left

16 Apr 2024

  • French Pastry / Les Choux, éclairs and more : Technical Choux Pastry
  • Intensive everything Choux Pastry, from Savory to Sweet! From the tempting and delicious éclairs and Paris-Brest to delicate savory Gougères!

  • La Cuisine Paris, 80 Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris     Time: 9:30 - 12:30
  • Price: €119.00     Availability: 3 places left

17 Apr 2024

  • French Market Tour and Cooking Class / Marché Monge
  • Spend the morning like the locals, with a typical Parisian experience. A full immersion in to French culture with a French Market Tour followed by a hands-on French Cooking Class right in the heart of Paris !

  • Meet outside of Metro Station ‘Place Monge’ on metro line 7. Upon exiting the Metro, please take exit ‘Sortie 1 (Escalator) : Place Monge’     Time: 9:30 - 13:30
  • Price: €189.00     Availability: 3 places left

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