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“Sburratino” (Soft Stracchino to spread on bread)

We did some research before creating this completely handmade product, with an unusual name. “Sburratino” in Italian is a combination of several words like cheese and butter, it is a buttery cheese like stracchino that we eat with a spoon. We did not call it stracchino for a number of reasons, first because we did not want to confuse it with stracchino which comes from Veneto, and second, because its consistency and texture are very different.

This product is only made with fresh Italian milk. Unlike some other cheese makers, who add cream to  hide some bitterness or other unpleasant aspects that may arise during the ageing period and above all if it is rich in fat, no cream is added to our Sburratino.

Ingredients: fresh Italian cow milk, live milk enzymes, rennet and salt.
Weight: pieces of approximately 1.0 kg.
Packing: 2 pieces per tray.
Shelf life of packed product: 12 days.

Cheese characteristics:
SHAPE: at first it looks like a longish rectangular bar, however, after it is aged the consistency becomes so creamy that it tends to lose its shape.
EXTERNAL FEATURES: milk white, some spots are liquid, others more solid and others creamier.
INTERNAL FEATURES: the colour inside the cheese is exactly the same as the outside, the paste is identical, however, it is an artisanal product and within the same production lot, as within the same piece, different degrees of creaminess may appear.
AROMA: strong scents of lactic acid and the scent of yoghurt and fresh cream and a slight hint of yeast.
FLAVOUR: sweet and slightly savoury, the paste is very adhesive at first on the palate, but it delicately dissolves in the mouth. There might be some bitterness towards the end due to a non perfect elimination of whey, on the other hand no cream is added to this product to “sweeten” it and enrich the paste with fat.

Availability: only in winter, but must be ordered. 

Food pairing: This fresh and light cheese is ideal with vegetables (great with carrots, celery, any raw and cooked vegetables, arugula and valerian) it is also great in the kitchen for a variety of first course dishes.
Serve also with cherry preserve or mixed fruit relish.

Wine pairing: Best served with a fresh light white wine, still or sparkling.

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