Named after Capriole founder Judy Schad's red-haired granddaughter Piper, this orange-hued goat's milk cheese is layered with a touch of smoked paprika.
Judy Schad is among the small handful of cheesemakers in the United States who were at the forefront of the farmstead cheese revolution, and she has vastly contributed to shaping the movement's future. Schad has been making cheese since 1976, when she and her husband moved with their three young children from the suburbs to a farm in southern Indiana. They sought a sustainable lifestyle, a milk cow, and lots of gardens. When they ran the title on their new farm, they discovered that it had belonged to Judy's husband's great-great-grandfather in the 1870s.
These days, Capriole produces about a dozen different goat's milk cheeses across a wide spectrum of styles.
To create Piper's Pyramide, Capriole cheesemakers coagulate milk using a lactic curd formation proceess. The curd is molded into a truncated pyramid shape, with a line of smoked paprika incorporated into the center. After the pyramids are dried slightly, they're dusted with paprika and placed in a cave to age for at least ten days, developing a lovely wrinkly rind.
Piper's Pyramide is creamy, velvety, and dense. Flavors are milky, bright and refreshing, with hints of sweetness, butter and a slight cellar-like earthy-ness.
Pair it with a sparkling white or a rosé.