Carr Valley has recently started making Bread Cheese, a firm cheese based on the Finnish cheese Juustoleipa. The thing that sets this cheese apart is that like a halloumi or paneer, it doesn’t melt when heated. You can throw it on the grill or microwave it and have little squares of delicious warm cheese.
When warm, it is salty and close to a mozzarella. The texture is wonderful, and is really like a chunk of bread that has been soaked in cheese. The outside, which is a little browned from its production, is nutty and delicious. This is a cheese that will be a big crowd pleaser, particularly if the reaction of customers trying free samples of bread cheese at Whole Foods is anything to go by.
The cheese is created by baking or broiling the cheese after it is set into molds. As I understand it, this process basically gets rid of a lot of the moisture left in the cheese and keeps it from melting easily. If over microwaved, it will start to spread a little (Haloumi will do this too, eventually), but don’t worry, the taste doesn’t change.
Some Internet research suggests that the cheese is often served in Finland with coffee. Like, maybe even in coffee (where it melts and you eat it post coffee with a spoon). I have not been brave enough to try it this way yet, but it is fabulous with a little bit of jam or honey as a higher-end appetizer.