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Almond cheese is something I had never heard of until last week. I had no idea that it was possible to make cheese out of almonds and I am so happy to have found this recipe.
Before going vegan, cheese was the number one most part of my food pyramid. Cheese was part of every meal of everyday. Like many people I viewed cheese as cruelty-free since the animal did not have to die for it. My previous view of this matter was so far from the truth and I wish everybody understood it.
Instead of ranting about pro-vegan and animal rights and whatnot, here is a super easy recipe for almond cheese. It is a very versatile cheese. You can add in whatever you want. Herbs, nut, fruit, you name it.
Also, this is not my recipe. You can find it here on Lands and Flavors.
What do you need?
This does take some time, so you will want to plan it in advance. You will also want a good blender. I use a Ninja, and it has not failed me once. I also used cheesecloth that I got for super cheap. It is not always a necessity for many recipes but it makes things so much easier. Usually it makes cleanup quicker too.
Other than that, you will want to blanch your almonds or buy blanched almonds.
How to make it?
Add all the ingredients into a good blender. Combine until smooth. Very easy and simple.
Next pour over cheesecloth lined strainer. Store it in the refrigerator over night. The water will drain from the cheese.
The next day, place the cheese on a pan and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes. Then it goes back in the refrigerator to firm up.
The cheese will not really look much different. It will be slightly darker in color but not noticeably.
How does it taste?
The flavor is unique. It is absolutely delicious. Personally I found it to be addicting. I ate almost half of it in one sitting before putting it away.
This recipe is simple and basic. It can be dipped into with chips or even sprinkled atop Bruschetta like I did this week also.