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Gloucester Cheese and AleGloucester Cheese and Ale
Food and drink are combined for a filling snack that was once served after the meat or poultry course of the evening meal at posting houses and inns. It would, of course, be served with more ale. Originally, the dish would have been made with Single Gloucester. Unfortunately, Single Gloucester is now very rare and difficult to find. You can use Double Gloucester cheese but it has a stronger taste than Single Gloucester.

INGREDIENTS: Double Gloucester cheese - 175 g (6 oz), thinly sliced, English mustard - 1 tsp, Brown ale - 125 ml (4 fl oz), Wholemeal Bread - 4 thick slices, toasted.

COOKING: 1. Preheat oven to 190C / 375F / Gas 5.
2. Arrange the cheese slices in the base of a shallow ovenproof dish. Spread the mustard over them.
3. Cover the cheese with the brown ale, then cover the dish with foil.
Bake for 10 minutes until the cheese has softened.
4. Pour the warm ale and cheese over the toast and serve immediately.