The Great British Bake Off went down a treat in the dairy this week. Squeals of delight were heard all over Cornwall when Cornish Kern stole the show in the famous GBBO tent – chosen by Star Baker Marc E no less. As an adopted Cornishman, he is now our favourite to win. His Cornish soda bread was ‘delicious’ according to Paul Hollywood. So we’re sharing this little bit of Bake Off joy with you by offering a little bit of money off too. Enjoy 10% off Cornish Kern wedges until Tuesday 13th October (when we sincerely hope you’ll all be rooting for Marc E in the Great British Bake Off marquee too!)
How much do you know about the humble stinging nettle? Did you know that:
- Nettles have stings to prevent them being eaten by animals.
- Despite their stings, nettles have been eaten by humans for as long as we know.
- Nettles are thought to help seasonal allergies like hayfever .
- Nettles are also used as a fibre to make string and cloth.
- Nettles are really, really good for you!
Our cheeses are meant to be eaten at room temperature, which makes them ideal for picnics (if you see what we mean!) but if you’re travelling far to find that perfect spot, or you’re not planning to feast for hours, then a cool bag and an ice brick is the way to go. Just remember to take the cheese out about ten minutes before you’re ready to eat.
All you need then is rustic bread rolls – try our friends at Da Bara – apples, a sharp knife and a small chopping board. Drinks wise, fruit juice or beer is a good choice but lemonade less so …it just doesn’t work with cheese, somehow.
Add crumbled Yarg to your next bun bake – it’s a master touch!
Yarg has a low melting point so is the ideal cheese to crumble into bread, scone and biscuit doughs. Traditionalists, look the other way please, because this Easter, we’ll be eschewing the fruit and spices and adding Cornish Yarg and Parmesan to our Hot Cross Buns. Here’s how…
- 700g strong bread flour, plus extra 5 tbsp for crosses and dusting
- 3 x 7g sachets fast-action dried yeast
- 500ml warm whole milk
- 140g Cornish Yarg, well crumbled
- 5 tsps Parmesan
- Mix flour, yeast and 2 tsp salt in a big bowl. Make a well in the centre, pour in milk, mix with a wooden spoon, then your hands, to a soft dough. Knead for 10 mins, then put back in the bowl. Lightly cover with oiled cling film and leave somewhere warm-ish until doubled in size.
- Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead in most of the cheese. Dust a large, flat baking sheet with flour. Shape the dough into 12 round buns and arrange on the sheet with a 2-3cm gap between each. Loosely cover with another sheet of lightly oiled cling film and leave to prove until nearly doubled in size.
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix the 5 tbsp flour for the crosses with the Parmesan and 5 tbsp water. Spoon into a disposable piping bag and pipe a line along each row of buns, then repeat in the other direction to make crosses. Bake for 20-25 mins until golden.
We usually make our mini Yargs for the agricultural show season – they’re the perfect size to take home with you after the delights of the flower tent/main ring/rare breeds shed. 2020 being 2020, our plans have been thwarted – but the show must go on!
Cornish Yarg or Wild Garlic – or both preferably. See our online shop for weights and prices.
Lynher Dairies owner Catherine Mead is chair of the Specialist Cheesemakers’ Association, and has been at the very heart of trying to keep small British cheesemakers afloat during the rough seas of the Covid-19 crisis.
With the usual customer base (restaurants, hotels, pubs and delis) disappearing overnight, many small but brilliant dairies have found it a struggle to find the right business solution.
But customer support has been nothing short of wonderful. The #supportlocal campaign on social media has encouraged people to think about and try the wonderful food that is produced on their doorsteps.
So, from us and from our fellow cheesemakers up and down the country, a heartfelt thank you, not only for buying our cheeses but by sending us such lovely feedback. We have put our Cornish Kern on special offer as a way of showing our appreciation. Have a look at our online shop to see the options.
Keep safe, eat well…
At last, a fun date for your diaries! We are joining many other small cheesemakers, food journalists, chefs and specialist cheese retailers in Britain for a weekend of cheese tastings, quizzes, cookery demos, dairy and farm tours and more this coming May Bank Holiday May 8-10.
Our dairy owner Catherine Mead will be holding a Masterclass titled ‘Kern – the making of a World Champion cheese’ which includes meeting our Ayrshires, touring the farm and an online tasting. Buy a wedge of Kern – on special show price offer now – from our online shop in advance and settle down at 4pm on Friday 8th to an illuminating session of how to optimise your enjoyment of Kern by pairing it with other food and drink.
Follow us on Facebook @lynherdairies for a notification about our live streaming slot, and see you there!
We’ve never known a spring like it. The sun is shining and plants are bursting into life but we can’t get out there to enjoy it as we normally would. There are ways to bring the new season into our kitchens though, by eating the fresh flavours that April and May bring to our plates. Our Wild Garlic Yarg is one way to do that. Its low melting point means you can use it in risottos, on pizzas, and in pasta sauces. Cube it for use in salads, or just enjoy it on its own as a snack to keep the spirits up until things get better. And things will get better.
On the basis that staying at home is that bit more appealing if you have a ready supply of delicious cheese, we’re now selling ready cut wedges direct from the dairy and reducing the postal costs to just £3 for a 1kg mixed box.
Cornish Yarg and Wild Garlic Yarg will be good for two weeks, with our farmhouse cheeses – Stithians and Cornish Kern – having a fridge life of 6-8 weeks. So some for now, some later.
Choose three for £17 – and if you know someone vulnerable or self-isolating, leave them one on their doorstep and wave through the window!
We’d like to tell you about our new business moove…
In the search for perfect milk to make our cheese, we have bought our own herd of cows -and we’re already in love with them! These beautiful Ayrshires, who live just down the road from the dairy, have been lovingly cared for by Trevor and Julie Howe of Gadles Farm for decades. When retirement beckoned and Jonathan and Eleanor Hosken were offered the Cornwall Council tenancy, talks with us began. So it’s a big thank you from us to the Howes and the Hoskens, not forgetting our handsome Ayrshires, for helping us secure a consistent supply of the exact milk we need to make our award winning cheese.
With low melting points, Cornish Yarg and Vintage Stithians are great choices when it comes to baking with cheese. Cornish Kern is a harder cheese with a higher melting point but equally rewarding, as proved by its starring role in a soda bread recipe in 2020’s Great British Bake Off.
Try scones, soufflés or crumbling our cheeses into short pastry. When incorporated into the baking process, Yarg’s rind is best seen as ‘cook’s treat’ but the rind is excellent when the cheese is used as a sprinkling – a good example being the leaves on Wild Garlic Yarg when used as a topping onto home-made pizza.
CORNISH YARG SCONES