Thursday, April 26, 2012

Raw Macadamia Nut Cheese

For anyone interested in learning more about raw food then do take some time to stop by the website of Russell James.   A pommy lad with a passion for raw food he is certainly my go to for the basics in my raw food explorations.  This basic macadamia nut cheese for example was a tasty addition dolloped on top of a sweet potato pizza of which I shall share with you soon and also proved delightful alongside some chilli flakes and freshly made basil pesto.  Have a go and see what you think.

Basic Macadamia Nut Cheese

2 cups macadamia nuts
1 cup water
1 tspn probiotics

Blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth
Place the mixture in a strainer that has been lined with muslin or cheesecloth 
Fold in the edges of the cloth and find a plate that will fit inside on the strainer to place a weight on such as a bottle filled with water
(the weight should not be so heavy that it pushed the cheese through the cloth, just heavy enough to press the water out)
Leave to culture at room temperature for at least 24 hours but no more than 48 hours
Once culturing is complete, stir in or use your food processor to add the following ingredeints:

3/4 tsp sea salt
2 tsps nutritional yeast
1 tspn lemon juice ( i added 2 tsp for some extra zing)

Transfer the cheese to a mould of your choice or shape into little balls
Place the cheese in a refrigerator, or remove from the mould and dehydrate at 105 degrees fahrenheit for 24 hours to get a rind.

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  1. This is a revelation. I'll try it as soon as I can get the ingredients and a bit of spare time.

  2. Love the combination of the creamy nut cheese with the freshness of basil pesto. (I've never heard of adding probiotics to nut cheese... assuming it's for culturing, which must add a delicious flavour). As always, your photos and styling are gorg!

  3. Anonymous1/5/12

    love the new look of your blog

  4. I never knew you could make nut cheese, what a grand idea, considering I already enjoy almond milk. Where do you get the probiotics from? I'm guessing this is not Yakult or the capsules they advertise on TV?

  5. That sounds fantastic! I love the presentation in the little mold.

  6. This looks amazing! Where do you buy the probiotics and in what form does in come in? Powder? xx

    1. Hi Emma - thanks for dropping by. I use probiotics that come in a capsule. You break the capsule in two (they come apart really easy) and use the powder inside. All good organic and health food stores carry them. I do believe you can buy it in a straight powder form as well but I haven’t ventured far to find that.

    2. Ah cool, that's what I had been thinking but wasn't 100% sure. I've got a great coconut yoghurt recipe that I've been wanting to try out that uses it too xx

  7. love the balls, they look so cute! Great idea.
    Heidi xo

  8. How long does the cheese last for? yummo!


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