Le Cantal

The Cantal is a French pressed uncooked cheese which has the shape of a tall cylinder block.
Its comes from the Massif Central and is made from pasteurised milk.
It has been granted an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) by France and an AOP/PDO by Europe. 400 liters of milk are necessary to make a 40 kg cheese wheel. It takes 33 hours to make a Cantal.
The ripening period varies according to the type of Cantal :
 Cantal jeune : 30 to 60 days
 Cantal entre-deux : 90 to 210 days
 Cantal vieux : a minimum of 240 days




Recipe : cheese sandwich with apple and fig

Here are the different steps :
 Preheat the oven at 210°C
 Wash the apple, hollow it out and cut it into thin slices. Leave the skin on.
 Cut the figs in halves
 Place the apple and the fig portions on each slice of bread
 Add the chopped hazelnuts and the Cantal slices
 Put in the oven for about 5 min. The bread must be golden-brown and the cheese melted.