28 July, 2011

Honeyed Goat Cheese with Dried Fruit and Walnuts


I have weakness for quirky ingredients or flavor combinations. You might have noticed along the way.
However, for quite some time I have cooked more or less "regular" dishes. This will end today, as I want to share a recipe for home-made and honey-sweetened goat cheese with you. I'll be honest with you: it wasn't love at first sight. Goat cheese had always been a savory ingredient to me. Sweetening it with dried fruit and honey sounded good, but my palate had to get used to it. However from the first bite on, there was something about this cheese, that made me go back to it and have another bite, another spoonful spread on some bread, etc. Before I knew the first batch was eaten up.

There is something about making your cheese at home. It's so easy and rather quick. After that it's up to you if this cheese will have a subtle or bold sweetness: by adding more or less honey and by deciding which dried fruit you want to add. The nuts give it a crunch that goes well with the creaminess and sweetness of the cheese. I love it in the morning or as snack between meals. Bon appetit!
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HONEYED GOAT CHEESE WITH DRIED FRUIT AND WALNUTS


1 litre/quart goats milk
1/2 lemon, juice of

1 tablespoon honey (or to taste)
1/4 cup dried fruit, finely chopped (e.g. apricots, cranberries, figs)
1/4 cup roasted walnuts, finely chopped

extras: cheese cloth or clean kitchen towel

Serves 4-6
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Bring goat milk to a boil over medium heat. Take off the heat. Immediately stir in the lemon juice. Leave standing for about a few minutes, so the milk can curdle. Pour the milk lemon mixture into the cheese cloth (or alternatively a clean kitchen cotton towel), that has been laid out in a bowl. Tie the ends of the cloth together so it becomes a bag. Hang it on a wooden spoon and let the bag hang free over the bowl. The whey should be able to strain out of the cheese cloth for at least two hours.
Before taking the cheese out of the cloth, squeeze the cloth itself to extract more liquid from the cheese. Transfer the cheese from the cloth to a bowl. Stir in the honey, dried fruits and walnuts. Ready to serve.

8 comments:

  1. Your blog is interesting, has left a great impression.
    Best wishes
    Jonas

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  2. oh, never realized you make goat cheese the same way we make Indian paneer! makes a ton of sense, just never realized this...and given how much I love goat cheese, I can't wait to do this at home myself. Thanks for sharing Anja, this just gave me my 'a-ha!' moment for the day :D

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  3. oh wow! this looks incredible! what a great combination of flavors!

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  4. I've never made my own cheese before! It sounds simpler than I thought it would. The only thing is that I don't know if I have anything in my kitchen I could hang the cheesecloth on. I suppose I could make this recipe with already made goat cheese, but I'm sure it wouldn't taste the same!

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  5. Jen, if all else fails you can hang the cheesecloth on a wooden spoon and hang the wooden spoon between two piles of books :-)That should do.

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  6. This sounds sooooo wonderful.

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  7. Hi Anja, home made Paneer(also called cottage cheese) is prepared exactly the same way as you have mentioned here. Honey with goat cheese and walnuts would make a heavenly treat. It would be a great way to start the day!!

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  8. That would make a great breakfast or even dessert.

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