Homemade Cheese (Daring Cooks Challenge March 2013)

Sawsan from chef in disguise was our March 2013 Daring Cooks hostess! Sawsan challenges us to make our own homemade cheeses! She gave us a variety of choices to make, all of them easily accomplished and delicious!

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I’ve been eating tonnes of cheese lately – the mild & stringy type, so was exited by this months challenge.  Unfortunatley, I was really pushed for time this month so only managed to make the simplest cheese recipe – homemade Paneer.

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And here it is on a toasted potato cake, drizzeled with honey for a Moroccan style breakfast. Yum!

Homemade Paneer

Recipe source: The kitchn
yields about 1 1/2 cup

Ingredients:
8 cups (2 litres) milk (whole or 2%)
2-3 tablespoons (30-45 ml) lemon juice

Directions:
1.Line a colander with a double layer of cheesecloth.
If you’d like to keep the whey for another purpose, set the colander over a bowl to catch the whey. Otherwise, you can just set it in your sink.
2.In a large sauce pan over medium-high heat, bring the milk to a boil. Keep an eye on it because it can boil over very quickly.
3.When it comes to a boil, turn off the heat and add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
4.Stir until the milk separates into curds and whey. If it doesn’t seem to be separating completely, add another tablespoon of lemon juice.
5.Pour the mixture into the cheesecloth-lined colander.
6.When it’s cool enough to handle, gather the corners of the cheesecloth into a bundle and squeeze out as much of the excess liquid as you can.
7.To press it into a solid cheese, set the bundle in the middle of a plate with a good lip to catch the liquid that will be squeezed out. Put another plate on top and press until the bundle has flattened into a 1-inch (2½ cm) disk. Leave the plate on and weight it down with something heavy (like a few cans of tomatoes).
Press the cheese for at least 20 minutes, though an hour is ideal.
8.Drain off the liquid that has collected and unwrap the paneer.
9.Use or store immediately. The cheese will firm up even more in the fridge.

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