Thursday, May 29, 2014

Vegan Cheese Recipe

I found quite a few recipes on buzz feed to try that look amazing:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/leonoraepstein/vegan-cheeses-that-will-make-you-forget-about-the-real-th



Some use nutritional yeast flakes for flavour which I have no idea if they are GF (but I assume not).  I suggest replacing those with half a stock cube and/or a tsp yeast for that umami flavour.

The easiest recipe I think is the "Baked Almond Feta" (see top right photo) which starts with ground almonds rather than whole. This one also works with a hand blender, whereas the other recipes require a proper blender jug and overnight soaking of the nuts (which is more nutritious but also more hassle).

1 1/2 cups ground almonds (or a 200g bag)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup water
3 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/2 stock cube (or 1 tsp salt)
1 tsp paprika

Blend all the ingredients with a hand blender and dollop into a sieve.  Leave to sit in the sieve over a bowl for 12 hrs in the fridge, allowing any excess water to drain out.  Transfer to an oven-proof dish (by carefully flipping over) and bake until browned on the outside. Keeps for a week in the fridge.

This is also nice rolled in cracked peppercorns or crushed dried rosemary before baking, for extra flavour.