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Six of the best Christmas cakes with cheese from Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 12:37 04 December 2012 | UPDATED: 12:35 26 November 2015

Six of the best Christmas cakes with cheese from Yorkshire

Six of the best Christmas cakes with cheese from Yorkshire

He just doesn't understand us, but Tony Greenway is willing to learn and so we are ready to forgive him

Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas cake and I love cheese – just not together.

You’ll have to excuse me, but being from London originally I’m still trying to get a handle on some of Yorkshire’s stranger traditions. I mean Christmas cake and cheese? What’s that all about? It’s just plain wrong.

You’ll be trying scones and pilchards together next. Still, because I’m married to a Yorkshire woman (although, sensibly in my view, she doesn’t eat Christmas cake and cheese either), I realise that it’s a pairing that’s as Yorkshire as Sheffield and steel, Cathy and Heathcliff and Wallace and Gromit (they’re from Lancashire, aren’t they? — Ed).

So here are my nominees for the six best Christmas cakes in the county — and you can get cracking cheese to go with them at a few of these places, too, if you must.

Home Farm Beningbrough
A superb farm shop/deli in the grounds of Beningbrough Hall near York (note: you don’t have visit the hall to use Home Farm because the shop is on the exit road — so access is easy). There are delicious cakes from award-winning baker Hazel and that includes Christmas cakes for sale and on order. While you’re here, what about that excellent cheese counter? Go on, I know you want to. 01904 470562

Country Markets
There’s nothing nicer than a homemade Christmas cake — and they don’t get more ‘home made’ than the ones at Country Markets. This is great British baking at its best, and those who have stalls at Country Markets adhere to strict statutory requirements — so producing for a Country Market is a serious business. There are over 350 Country Markets across England, Wales and the Channel Islands and Yorkshire has some excellent ones including Knaresborough, Otley and Northallerton. Go to the website to find out more.

Lewis and Cooper
Everyone knows Lewis and Cooper in Northallerton and its surroundings. It’s been a fixture since 1899 and it has a shop in Yarm. Its Christmas goodies are, frankly, heavenly and its handmade luxury iced fruitcake is seriously good. There’s also a fabulous cheese counter. So what do you say to a nice bit of Wensleydale to go with that cake?
01609 772880

Harrogate Cake Company
The splendid Harrogate Cake Company was first established 40 years ago under the family name of Mrs Bainbridge. Heather Cawthorne, the owner, tells me her iced Christmas cakes are made to order but that the HCC’s celebration fruitcakes are available in-store (now) because they have been left to mature ‘for a rich, distinctive depth of flavour’ (so you can always buy one of those and marzipan and ice it yourself). They are made with local ingredients and readily available in different sizes.
01765 641267

I suppose it’s eye-rollingly obvious that Bettys is a good place to go for cakes. The fact is, though, that any cake from Bettys Craft Bakery in Harrogate is first a treat and secondly hard to stop eating until it’s all gone. Beat that, Paul Hollywood.
01423 814008

Just Desserts
A family-run business in Shipley, established in 1985, which won a 2-Gold Star Great Taste Award for its traditional British favourite fruit cake earlier in the year: Landlord’s Fruit Cake, made with Timothy Taylor’s Championship Landlord bitter. Their Christmas cakes are handmade with a full bottle of Landlord bitter in each cake; it’s also made with butter, lashings of vine fruits, black treacle and mixed spice.
01274 590698


Christmas cake and cheese? It's a Yes for Yorkshire

I'm still trying to get a handle on some of Yorkshire's stranger traditions. I mean Christmas cake and cheese? What's that all about? It's just plain wrong. He just doesn't understand us, but Tony Greenway is willing to learn and so we are ready to forgive him

Storified by yorkshire_life · Wed, Dec 05 2012 08:27:50

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@Yorkshire_Life Cheese and cake C&C it's a #Yorkshire taste, makes a real tasty snack when out walking the #Yorkshire countryside #C&CalwaysSteve Gould
@Yorkshire_Life I love Christmas cake and adore cheese so put them together and I'm in heaven.#perfectcombinationJane Burnell
@realstaithes @Yorkshire_Life Love love love cheese and Christmas cake... Try Cheese and Apple sandwiches! Yum yum!Carol
@Yorkshire_Life with cheese... we always serve home made fruit cake with Wensleydale cheese... it's great with apple pie too...Sean & Tricia
@Casamina @Yorkshire_Life Sounds TASTY ! [heh heh heh]evil_gnome
@matrobinson88 @yorkshire_life Lancashire crumbly? It's similar to Wensleydale just the red rose side of the Pennines....Stephanie Henshaw
What? @Yorkshire_Life Christmas would not be complete without Christmas cake and a piece of Wensleydale or Coverdale cheese!Carolyn Smith
@babciapat @Yorkshire_Life Never found it at the Creamery but always have it at Elijah Allen - it's scrumptious :))Robert Felton
@NinaJoy1 @yorkshire_life of course they go, a marriage made in heaven! - as is hot chocolate, feta and breadsticks- honest! Try it #foodieThe Memory Box
@KatyBowles @Yorkshire_Life @roomten @DrTimface Never... Bright blue skies in Leeds... Bloody cold though!Higgins & Brown
@natureoncam @natureoncam @Yorkshire_Life I agree cheese Christmas cake and a glass of portBrian Bielby
@NinaJoy1 @yorkshire_life it's the only way to eat itPaul Woolford
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@DirtyLaundryuk @Yorkshire_Life I did eat apple pie made with cheese once and that was lovely so volunteering to try a bit of cakeSuper Camps
@Trebnot @Yorkshire_Life ...never heard of #Wensleydale Cream Cheese ....sounds .....mmmm !Patricia Oliver
@Yorkshire_Life #Christmas cake with Lancashire cheese is the way forward. Making me want some now!Sharon Taylor
@NinaJoy1 @Yorkshire_Life love them both separatelyBaildonPhotography
@Yorkshire_Life Wensleydale!Mary Mills
@NinaJoy1 @Yorkshire_Life. Christmas cake and cheese all the way. YumJayne Snell
"@Yorkshire_Life: Christmas cake and cheese? What? - Agree or disagree? http://bit.ly/RzT7nY" agree! It's the best thing about Xmas NearlyNina Morton-Brook
@Yorkshire_Life Wensleydale Cream Cheese & fruit cake from Elijah Allen in Hawes is bliss - a must when ever I'm in The Dales :)Robert Felton
@Yorkshire_Life @Just_desserts1 christmas cake & cheese mmm one of our better traditions! #calorific&deliciousTalking Pensions
@Yorkshire_Life agree.adam moulson
@Yorkshire_Life Got to have some @Wdalecreamery with it if you're in Yorkshire!MoorsInn
@Yorkshire_Life I only just learnt the entire country doesn't eat it with Wensleydale... what sort of cheese do they use?!?Mat Robinson
@Yorkshire_Life disagree!Lynda Bowyer

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  • Christmas cake and Wensleydale cheese is how we've always enjoyed Christmas cake in our family. Hope these old Yorkshire traditions never die out. :)

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    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • ...*sigh* ... It's not just any old cheese, it's proper Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese. It's the only way to eat Christmas cake, sweetie xx

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    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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