Alexandrina Cheddar Curd Fruit Salad Wreath

Christmas with Alexandrina - Edible Wreath Series

Alexandrina's Fresh Cheddar Curd makes an excellent centre piece for an artfully arranged platter of sun-soaked Australian dried fruit. This wreath is simple and easy to prepare, and you can add and subtract condiments to your own taste. This playful cheese platter is ideal for a summer get together with family and friends.


Groundwork – on the day, you will need 30 minutes preparation time, total chilling time 20 minutes

elements for the wreath

2 x Alexandrina Fresh Cheddar Curd packets, (2x 250g packets) (Total of 500g)

1 x Alexandrina Crème fraîche (500ml tub)

1 x Turkish Pide, long, cut into 2 cm slices *or fresh bagette

1 x Beerenberg Cranberry Sauce, jar (280 g)

Optional Jamon, Proscuitto, Salami, Chorizo we love Handmade Artisanal Smallgoods from San Jose.

50 g Baby Spinach

250g Singing Magpie Produce River Ruby Sundried Apricots

90 g Port Willunga Fine Foods Sun-Dried Apples

250 g Singing Magpie Produce Black Semi Sundried Figs

90 g Dried Cranberries




arrange large white platter

use a bread knife to slice the turkish pide into 2cm slices

use a butter knife to spread the Alexandrina Crème fraîche onto one side of the all the slices of bread, and on the next layer, spread the cranberry sauce onto the otherside. This the opportunity to add any smallgoods you desire – including one or a mix of jamon, proscuitto, salami, chorizo. However, the aim is to build a little wall of turkish pide sandwiches.

arrange the first layer of turkish pide into a round wreath shape, and as you would layer bricks, then follow up with a second layer of turkish pide.

after this, you can lay the baby spinach down on top of the cranberry sauce.

next is a layer of River Ruby Sundried Apricots. followed by a layer of Sun-Dried Apples, followed by Black Semi Sundried Figs, and finally Dried Cranberries

place the Fresh Cheddar Curd into an oval shaped bowl, and place into the centre of the wreath.

serve immediately (or place into the fridge to chill)


Calcium Hero of the Dish | Alexandrina's Fresh Cheddar Curd either plain or chilli

Alexandrina's Fresh Cheddar Curd is simply a fresh, unmatured curd of the Cheddar cheese. This cheese is made in an open-vat using a traditional Cheddaring method, whereby the Cheddar Curd is stretched, milled and salted before being pressed in a special hoop. Alexandrina’s Cheddar Curd has a pleasant mild, salty and savoury flavour, with a unique squeaky texture.

Not only is Cheddar a cheese name, the term “cheddaring” describes the stretching step in production, where the large slabs of fresh curd are cut and stacked, and regularly hand-turned, to ensure maximum extraction of whey and even-development of acidity. Alexandrina Cheese are among only a handful of Cheddar producers in Australia today who include this important Cheddaring process.

Serve this cheese | on a platter with any locally sourced accompaniment, or fry on a low-heat as you would fry a halloumi-style cheese. You can also use Alexandrina's Fresh Cheddar Curd to make Poutine, a Canadian dish of French-fries and cheese curds topped with a brown gravy. Construct this playful summer cheese platter for family and friends, using Fresh Cheddar Curd as the centrepiece.

33.8 % minimum fat | available in 250g or 500g bag.

LOOKING FOR THE ALEXANDRINA RANGE? |   Alexandrina Cheese work with an incredible network of retailers and one or two key partners across the country. This list is just the beginning of where you can find Alexandrina Cheese products near you.  We recommend giving retailers a call to check for which Alexandrina Cheese products they have in stock. Here is the link ---> Stockists

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Top Tip | Make sure you have at least a few extra bags of Fresh Cheddar Curd on hand. Best to have a refillable wreath and really get the party started! Our top tip for this year is to have one of each

Foodie Fact | When you bite into Alexandrina's Fresh Cheddar Curd, you might notice that you get a squeak on your teeth, that is the tough mesh that resists you biting through it. That resistance cause the curd to squeak because its rubbing across your teach. And with age, even just one week old curd - that calcium dissolves from the protein, making the protein softer. Reference from Blue Sky Science.

Find more Alexandrina Recipes here |  Alexandrina Curd’s & Whey blog

Our Cook - Along - Together Challenge this Spring continues with vigour, with the digital team from Alexandrina Cheese Company

You are welcome to tune in to our LIVESTREAM on Wednesday to hear about how this #challenge is going to work. 

Our 1st Christmas Recipe of the series is this delicious Alexandrina Cheddar Curd Fruit Salad Wreath.

The link to our Christmas with Alexandrina - Edible Wreath Series is available here --> Christmas with Alexandrina - Edible Wreath Series

The link to our Alexandrina Cheese Guide is available here --> Alexandrina Cheese Guide

We are keen for you to post your cooking photographs either on facebook or instagram, using our new hashtags.

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Each week the second hashtag will change, stay tuned!


Alexandrina Cheese Club - Recipes & Cooking - Australia

First published sometime during the early 2000’s – Cooking with Rebekah, and commonly Rebekah handed out little recipes from the Alexandrina Cheese stall at the farmers market.

This blog is not sponsored, we exclusively partner with Alexandrina Cheese Company Pty Ltd. 

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