Fruitcake with cheese its another cleaver thing from Yorkshire
Fruitcake and Cheese it really is a thing from the north,
Ok I will explain Cheese is something lots of us have at Christmas, we now have fruit in cheese and fruity chutneys and grapes or apples served as an accompaniment, so eating it with Christmas cake is not that big a step really.
How did this start?
What we do know is that eating fruitcake with cheese isn’t a new foodie trend. It can be traced back to Victorian times the first written reference I could find is from Joseph Lucas’s book (1871) ‘Studies in Nidderdale [Yorkshire]’ “On Christmas Eve one Yule Cake is given to each member of the family, along with a piece of Christmas cheese. As a rule, part of it is left for Christmas morning, and eaten at the breakfast.”
It seems eating fruitcake and cheese started in Yorkshire then spread throughout the other northern counties. The tradition of enjoying fruitcake with cheese is still strong in the north of England.
Which cheese to accompany a rich fruitcake?
Fruitcake and Cheese for me its wensleydale all the time, a traditional ‘crumbly’. Crumbly cheeses from the north of England, at 2-3 months old, have a fresh, zesty and clean flavour, with a sharp finish and crumbly texture. The bitter lactic ‘bite’ contrasts the figgy/curranty notes of a good fruitcake.
So go ahead and try it… rich fruitcake and a delicious crumbly cheese. It’s not a modern foodie fad. It’s a common sense tradition that has been followed for generations.