Abbaye de Belloc (Bellocq)

Pronunciation: [ah-bay-EE deuh behl-LAWK]

Semihard sheep's-milk cheese that's been made for centuries by the Benedictine monks at the Abbey de Belloc in the Pays Basque area of southwestern France. The cheese is traditionally made with milk from Manech sheep, though milk from other breeds may be used. It comes in 8- to 11-pound wheels with a hard brownish rind and a pale ivory interior. Abbaye de Belloc has a rich buttery flavor with hints of nuts, fruit and caramel. See also cheese.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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