St Jude is a sumptuous soft cheese with a dense creamy texture, delicate rind and complex milky flavours of butter and fresh grass. It is produced by Julie Cheyney at White Wood Dairy at Fen Farm in Bungay, Suffolk. Like Fen Farm Dairy’s Baron Bigod, St Jude is made from the raw protein-rich milk of the farm’s Montbéliarde cattle, traditionally used for Alpine cheeses such as Comte and Vacherin. Maturation takes place at Neal’s Yard Dairy, where the cheeses are carefully packed into wooden boxes for sale. Read more
St Jude is a beautiful little cheese full of complex and really authentic flavours of fenland Suffolk.
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Julie Cheyney's St Jude is a complex soft cheese made right here in Suffolk from rich unpasteurised cow's milk. The texture is dense and creamy. Its milky flavours are reminiscent of butter and fresh grass.
St Jude pairs extremely well with charcuterie and fruity white wine.
Julie Cheyney makes her very special cheese using milk from Montbéliarde cows. This breed is traditionally used for Alpine cheeses, such as Comté and Vacherin. At Fen Farm Dairy in Bungay, the herd is owned by Jonny and Dulcie Crickmore. Jonny hand-picked his cows from small farms in the French Jura to make their Brie-style cheese, Baron Bigod. Julie's White Wood Dairy, is now also based at Fen Farm and this is where she handmakes St Jude.
Julie has a background in dairy farming and she has been milking cows since the age of 16. Her cheesemaking career began in Hampshire with the co-creation of Tunworth in 2005. Incredibly, this soft cheese was named Supreme Champion at The British Cheese Awards just the following year. St Jude also started out in Hampshire. Julie moved to Suffolk in 2014 to use the high quality, protein-rich Montbéliarde milk available at Fen Farm.
At Fen Farm, milk travels straight from the milking parlour to the cheese room using a gravity feed - pumping could damage fat globules in the milk and spoil it. Julie's cheesemaking process then begins while the milk is still warm.
"Slow and gentle" is Julie's mantra. St Jude cannot be rushed and Julie is meticulous about every stage. After adding starter cultures and animal rennet, the cheese is set naturally, which takes between 12 and 24 hours. It is then hand ladled into moulds and left to drain, rather being pressed.
Maturation takes place at Neal's Yard Dairy in London. St Jude is aged for four weeks, in which time its flavour and rich, creamy consistency develops as well as a delicate geotrichum rind. Darker patches and green and white spots often develop with age.
St Jude was awarded the James Aldridge Trophy for the Best British Raw Milk Cheese in 2013.
In March 2019, we were lucky to be invited for a hands-on visit to get a deeper understanding of what makes this beautiful little cheese so special - you can find out more on the blog >