Norfolk White Lady is made at Willow Farm in Deopham near Wymondham, Norfolk. ‘Norfolk isn’t known for dairy’ says cheesemaker Jane Murray, ‘but my patch of land has richer, wetter soil than other parts of the county. Handmade on the farm using the milk from a 60-strong herd of white Friesian sheep that graze in the Black Fens of Wymondham. Jane began making cheese with milk from her flock of sheep 21 years ago, becoming the county’s first commercial cheese-maker and still the only cheesemaker selling ewes’ milk cheese in Norfolk.
Jane grew up in the Cotswolds wanting to be a farmer, and went to agricultural college after spending a year milking cows on a dairy farm. “During my college years, I did a project about sheep dairying and decided it was my route to being a farmer with minimum capital outlay. Having battled with unwilling heifers, sheep were also something I could physically manage on my own,” said Jane.
Norfolk White Lady is a full fat, soft, bloomy camembert-style ewe’s milk cheese. Although ‘Camembert like’ in appearance, that is where the similarities end. Made from ewes milk the taste is tangy and slightly stronger than the traditional with a flavour that is mild, nutty and creamy with a rich finish. Delicious when allowed to warm a little and ideally should be removed from the fridge around an hour before serving. We suggest oven baking like a classic Camembert, topped with honey & herbs. Find a delicious baked Camembert recipe here.
The individual cheese weighs approx. 180g.