Pink Peppercorn Crunch
Devised by Hillside's Jay Allan, these biscuits are cut into a range of shapes and sizes which gives them a ‘homemade’ look.
He says: "We love salt and pepper! Seasoning is so important when creating foods and flavours and for those that like a bit extra these are for you. Eating these biscuits can help enhance and bring out the flavours of cheese. The pink peppercorn is not too strong, it has a sweetness to it and is a good vibrant colour. We use Cornish sea salt flakes as well which season the oats and give a good visual too. Salt and pepper is often used in cheese making especially salt which not only adds flavour but works as a preservative as well".
The story of Hillside Speciality Foods began when Devon Chef Jay Allan created a range of fruit pastes for a local cheese supplier. They were looking for a local fruit complement to serve as an alternative to the imported Spanish Dulce de membrillo (quince fruit cheese). Drawing on his fifteen years of experience as a Chef, and with reference to the long tradition of British fruit cheese making, Jay developed a range of fruit pastes to meet this
need. Jay teamed up with brother Will and Hillside Speciality Foods was created.
New ideas were added along the way, including relishes, pickles, chutneys and savoury biscuits. They now specialise in producing this range of complementary products which are terrific for the cheeseboard. Jay and Will are based in Exeter.