Wednesday 13 December 2017

Taste test Biscuits to serve with cheese

Katy McGuinness

One of many people's favourite things about Christmas is the licence that it gives to eat more cheese than usual. We tested a range of different biscuits to serve with cheese.

The Lismore Food Company, Irish Digestive with Wild Atlantic Sea Salt, 150g, €5.95, 9/10

Buttery, crumbly, sweet from golden syrup and salty too, these unusual and delicious biscuits would be sensational with cheese. Gorgeous packaging, so lovely as a gift.

Gubbeen Farmhouse Cheese Oatcakes with Gubbeen Cheese, 150g, €5.95, 9/10

Made by Ditty's in Northern Ireland, there's a proper cheesy flavour from these oatcakes - our testers said they would be happy to eat them on their own, even without cheese.

Ditty's Irish Smoked Oatcakes, 150g, €4.75, 8/10

Made by Ditty's in Castledawson in Northern Ireland and smoked by Frank Hederman in Belvelly, Co Cork, the subtle smoked flavour and underlying sweetness was popular.

Fine English Bath Ovals, 100g, €3.25, 8/10

These large, unsweetened crackers are made with butter and are an excellent foil for strong- flavoured cheeses.

Sheridan's Cheesemongers Irish Brown-bread Crackers, 140g, €3.75, 8/10

Made in West Cork with stoneground flour from the Macroom oatmeal mills, butter from Bandon co-op and local buttermilk, the plain appearance of these crackers belies a flavour that's anything but bland.

Dunnes Simply Better Irish Multi-seeded Rye Crackers, 140g, €2.89, 8/10

The rye flavour is not over-powering and our testers liked the mix of poppy seeds, linseeds and sunflower seeds. These are made by Sheridans for Dunnes. Well-priced.

Carr's Table Water Biscuits, 125g, €2.95, 7/10

Bland, but perfectly acceptable and nicely crisp.

Irish Independent

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