Finland has it figured out. They may not be world renowned for fine cheese but they are the only country that makes a cheese suitable, if not ideal, for breakfast. Who says cheese should only be consumed as an appetizer (U.S.) or as a dessert (France), anyways?
Leipäjuusto, or coffee cheese, is a fresh goat milk cheese that is pressed and then baked. The process results in a cheese that is like eating fresh mozzarella and old cheese curds at the same time. Picture sweet, milky whey filling your tastebuds followed by the most delightful squeakiness.
As my Finnish host showed me, it is customary to dip Leipäjuusto into hot coffee in the morning. Although the cheese is a great stand alone, pairing it with coffee brings out the best of both worlds. Hot coffee softens the Leipäjuusto and, as it melts a little, the Leipäjuusto deposits milk fat into the coffee. Win-win.
If you enjoy cheese as much as I do, you’ll understand my disappointment that Leipäjuusto is not more widely available. Coffee is still good with donuts, scones, and other breakfast foods but, once you’ve had it with the right cheese, there’s just no going back.
Much love to you all,