Many of you who frequent the Farmer’s Markets in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby would know Deb Allard from Cheeses Loves You. She’s the outgoing, full of life and fabulous cheesemaker with a different cheesy t-shirt (and sometimes socks) for every occasion. Deb and her husband Jim own Allard’s Dairy in Burringbar which means Deb always has a supply of fresh farm milk on tap for her cheese making. She’s a darn hard worker and she makes damn fine cheeses – as well as yoghurt, kefir, creme fraiche, cultured butter and more.
Deb has two daughters – Audrey and Claudia – who even have cheeses named after them! Claudia works in education across the northern border while Audrey has recently returned to the family farm for a stint. She works as a pastry chef at Lune Croissanterie in Melbourne where croissant devotees patiently form lengthy queues for a taste of their flaky pastry perfection which take no less than three days to prepare! And she can’t wait to get back there.
In the meantime, Deb has purchased a new oven and mixmaster for the Allard family kitchen and Audrey has been keeping their bellies full with her home baking. Lucky for Audrey, she has a plentiful supply of milk, butter and cheeses to keep her inspired in the pastry section. Here on the blog she shares her Basque Cheesecake recipe. You might have seen Chris knock one up in last Sunday’s elimination on Masterchef. Basque Cheesecake is said to have originated in San Sebastan in Spain. We can only dream of going back there! The cake has a dark toast all around and is said to taste a bit like a Portuguese tart in the middle. Audrey gave me a tip – the cake is meant to look a bit wobbly in the middle when you take it out of the oven – don’t overcook the outside trying to get the middle ‘set’. Enjoy the recipe! I’m going to give it a go this weekend.
You can follow Deb on Instagram at @deb_allard_cheesie
You can follow Audrey on Instagram at @audreyallard_x