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Leicester cheese

A hard, mild, cows" milk cheese made in a similar way to Cheddar, but breaking it up before maturity; many are coloured for effect with red annatto dye. Because of its colouring it's also known as Red Leicester. Cheeses are now all factory made, and have little character, but melt well when used for dishes such as Welsh rabbit. The only Red Leicester cheese made in the county now is an excellent unpasteurised version, made by the Clarke family at Sparkenhoe Farm and sometimes sold under the name of 'Sparkenhoe'.

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