Take 2 – May 2015

The Maxwell family of Doddington Dairy, Northumberland are celebrating winning the BBC Food and Farming Awards for Best Food Producer. They’ve been farming in the beautiful Glendale Valley for over 50 years and in the 1990s Neil and Jackie started producing ice cream and hand-crafted cheese from the high quality milk that they produce. To celebrate this victory for the region why not try one of the seasonal recipes below, which use some of the delicious hand crafted cheese from the farm!

Doddington’s Darling Blue Cheese and Fig Salad, with Crispy Fried Shallots

A deliciously light salad made with the beautiful Doddington Dairy’s Darling Blue cheese.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

100g crumbled Doddington’s Darling Blue cheese

1 large shallot, sliced into thin rings

Sugar, for sprinkling

120g (1 bag) mixed baby leaves

150g fresh figs, halved

50ml milk

25g polenta flour

For the Dressing

25ml red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 tablespoon of honey

50ml extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

Firstly make the dressing, which will keep for a few weeks in your fridge. Begin by warming the honey slightly to make it easier to mix, and then whisk it together with the vinegar and mustard in a small bowl. Pour in the olive oil, whisking continuously to combine, then season with salt and pepper and put to one side.

Soak the shallots in the milk for a few minutes and drain them thoroughly. Next, toss the shallots in polenta flour, ensuring they are fully coated, and deep fry to colour for 2 minutes at 170°c. Alternatively you can shallow fry them, just keep turning them regularly. Set aside for later.

Cut the figs in half, sprinkle on some sugar and gently warm them under a grill. Place the lettuce mix of choice in a large salad bowl, crumble over the Darling Blue cheese and top with the warm figs. Finally, pour over the dressing and finish with the crispy fried shallots.

Doddington’s Smoked Cuddy’s Cave Pan de Campagne

This smoky and flavoursome bread is the perfect picnic treat.

Prep time:  15 minutes

Proving time: 1 hour

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

125g wholemeal flour

425g strong flour

65g rye flour

10g levain feeder

15g salt

8g yeast

425ml water

100g kibbled onion

200g Doddington’s Smoked Cuddy’s cave

Method

First mix the yeast in with the water until dissolved.

Leaving 100g of the Smoked Cuddy’s cave to one side, mix all other ingredients into the dough, either by hand or with a dough hook. Place the dough onto a floured baking tray, cover with a cloth and leave somewhere warm to prove for 1 hour.

Now shape the dough as required, sprinkle over the remaining 100g of Smoked Cuddy’s Cave and bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 200°C.

To ensure your loaf is cooked, turn the bread upside down and tap the bottom – if it is ready it should sound hollow.

Recipes from Kelly Richardson, Executive Chef at Fenwick Newcastle

Three to try >>

Doddington Dairy Smoked Cuddy’s Cave £2.39 per 100g

Doddington Dairy Admiral Collingwood £2.39 per 100g

Doddington Dairy Darling Blue £2.39 per 100g

Available in Fenwick Food Hall.

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