Saturday, 8 August 2015

Almond Feta Cheese

I have never been a cheese lover, even before I became vegan, but this is one of my favourite cheese recipes courtesy of Maple Spice which I make regularly.   I vary the flavourings, you can add herbs like oregano or thyme, spices like chilli, sun dried tomatoes, extra garlic or whatever you fancy.

145 g ground almonds
60 ml lemon juice
115 ml water
3 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves crushed
1 tsp salt

Put all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until well combined, it mixes easily with using ground almonds.

Line a sieve with muslin and spoon the mixture into the centre, gather the corners together, secure with an elastic band or freezer tie, then place the sieve over a bowl.

Leave for at least 12 hours or overnight in the fridge, to allow the liquid to drain, remove from the muslin and place on a greased baking tray smooth side up.

Bake in a preheated over at 180° for 35-40 mins until golden, slightly cracked on top, firm to the touch and leave to cool.

I love strong smoky flavours, so made a smoked almond feta, by adding a teaspoon of smoked paprika to the mixture, which I think is my favourite flavour of all.