Indulge in a deliciously traditional Yorkshire pairing this Christmas

Searches for ‘fruitcake and cheese’ have risen by a staggering 68% in the past year according to new data*

Whilst the traditional cheeseboard has long been the undisputed centre piece of festive feasting, the classic Yorkshire pairing of fruitcake and creamy, crumbly Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese is the match made in culinary heaven everyone should indulge in this Christmas.

The delicious combination of sweet, rich fruitcake paired with our classic Yorkshire Wensleydale is a popular pairing throughout the North of England

Its fans are growing throughout the UK as Brits discover the tasty partnership. In fact, Google searches for ‘fruitcake and cheese’ have risen by a staggering 68% in the past year, according to new data.

Providing a true taste of Yorkshire with a deliciously quirky twist, the duo of fruitcake and Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese is the perfect choice for foodies across the country and beyond this Christmas, and something that we champion all year round here at Wensleydale Creamery.

The unique cheese pairing is not a recent trend!

Whilst the true origins of how and why this culinary combination began are unknown, it can be traced back to Yorkshire as early as 1871 in Joseph Lucas’ book ‘Studies in Nidderdale’, where a passage reads: “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.”

Referring to the famous Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, in the Victorian era the creamy yet crumbly Yorkshire Wensleydale was created in the summer and reached full maturity in the festive season, making it the cheese of choice to pair with a rich Christmas cake.

Looking to try something new this Christmas? We have all your culinary cravings covered with fruitcakes sourced from local bakeries available to buy alongside our award-winning Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese both at our Visitor Centre here in Hawes and online as beautifully presented gift sets, making them the perfect present for food lovers this Christmas!

With home delivery throughout mainland UK and a Christmas pre-order service now available, embrace the authentic flavours of Yorkshire with this classic flavour combination or indulge in their range of handpicked hampers and tasting boxes.

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Yorkshire Wensleydale & Fruit Cake Gift Set – £15

Indulge in a true taste of Yorkshire with this famous local pairing!  Enjoy Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese alongside a slice Wensleydale Fruit Cake, traditionally crafted in Hawes by Cockett’s Bakery. The perfect combination for entertaining family and friends over the festive season and beyond, it’s a match made in culinary heaven with the sweet and rich cake complemented perfectly with fresh and crumbly Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese.

Wensleydale Fruit Cake – from £7.99

Available in 3 sizes, this rich fruit cake is locally made by Cockett’s Bakery in the market town of Hawes and is the perfect partner for Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.

The Gluten Free Kitchen Rich Fruit Cake – £6.25

Free from gluten but packed with flavour, no one misses out on the feasting this Christmas with this delicious Gluten Free fruitcake made in the Yorkshire town of Leyburn, which pairs perfectly with Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.

Cheese & Food Gift Hampers – from £30

Brimming with delicious artisan cheese, all perfectly paired with the finest local produce, Wensleydale Creamery’s selection of hampers feature freshly baked fruitcake and a selection of their artisan range. Perfect for treating your loved ones to a true taste of Yorkshire this Christmas.

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