This is a little ricotta cheese recipe which I stumbled across during several failed experiments in the kitchen! Sometimes it does pay to experiment but you do need to be patient. This cheese is quite versatile as it can be used uncooked or baked (as pictured). It would be useful on sandwiches or enjoyed with certain vegetables.

For a seriously yummy snack, mix the ricotta into a zucchini quiche or slice and really set your taste buds alight. Take the time; it will be worth it.

Firstly soak 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews in water, enough to cover them completely. Let them soak for at least two hours but overnight is best.  When they’re done soaking, drain out the water and discard.

In a bowl add:

  • 1 cup of raw cashews, pre-soaked (in alkaline water if you can)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or water will do if you don’t have any)
  • lemon juice from half a lemon
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped fine (optional)
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp of virgin coconut oil (or olive oil if you don’t have any)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 Tbs tahini (or you could use a Tbsp of sesame seeds)

Then simply process all ingredients in your food processor until smooth. Put in a container in your fridge; give it an hour or so and it should solidify a little. You can enjoy as a soft creamy cheese at this stage or bake.

If you wish to bake it, preheat oven to about 110 degrees (200 F).  Place the cheese onto a dish with baking paper and add some ground peppercorns and herbs of your choice to the top of the cheese. Bake for 45 minutes, or until cheese becomes lightly set on outside but still soft on the inside.  Remove, cool and chill. Serve with olives or sundried tomatoes and fresh fruit.

Tip: Bake another 15 minutes and the cheese will go hard. Marinate in olive oil with your favourite herbs like garlic, parsley etc and you have the perfect feta recipe.

PS. It is really nice with a platter of pitted dates, nuts and a glass of red wine! Check out our coconut cheese as well for another non dairy alternative.

 

 

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