Well I made Labna (Labneh), it's a type of Middle Eastern cheese which is probably the easiest of all cheeses to make. (If anyone knows of any easier, let me know! I'm always keen to learn more.) I am only just starting to get into cheese making. A friend and I went to a cheese making presentation at our local cooking store and we all got a beginners kit to take home as apart of the price. So far I have made Labna and Feta cheese, although for cheese enthusiasts it's probably better know as a Danish White cheese. It was soft and creamy and amazing. It was very time consuming to make though. I hope to attempt Haloumi next.
- 1kg of Greek yogurt (I have only used full cream, low fat may also work)
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Olive oil
- Optional : Herbs/spices (but not too much to over power the cheese)
What you'll need
- Colander (with a base high enough to keep the cheese away from any whey that comes out)
- A sink or deep sided tray
- Tip the salt into the yogurt and stir well. Add any herbs or spices. I used Olive herb because it's in my garden and it's a nice complimentary taste.
- Place the colander in an empty sink or a deep sided tray.
- Line the colander with the cheesecloth which has been folder onto itself.
- Pour the yogurt into the lined colander and bring the sides of the cheesecloth together.
- Tie the cheesecloth together with the twine so no bugs can get in.
- Let it sit for a minimum of 6 hours. The longer it sits the thicker it gets.
- Tip out onto a platter and drizzle with a little olive oil
Serve with crackers, vegetable sticks (cucumber is great for this), olives etc.
I also got up early and headed off to the shops to make something for afternoon tea with family. I grabbed a cooking magazine off the shelves and flicked though it til I saw something I liked and then went and got the few ingredients that I didn't already have at home. I think i only needed 5 things including the magazine. I have a fairly well stocked pantry, perfect for sudden baking urges.
The Oatmeal Carmelitas where a huge hit along with the labna. It's just two layers of oatmeal mix with caramel and chocolate in the center. Then drizzled with more chocolate over the top. I have a lot left over. The recipe made a huge tray and there were only 6 people at the afternoon tea. They took some home and the rest (well what remains between now and then) will follow me to work on Monday.
Love, love Elle.