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Easy Pumpkin Spice Yogurt Cream Cheese

Deeply gratifying homemade pumpkin spiced yogurt cream cheese on toast with raisins.

Deeply gratifying homemade pumpkin spiced yogurt cream cheese on toast with raisins.

Have you ever wanted to make cheese? Not a cheese ball, mind you. I’m talking about honest-to-goodness homemade cheese.

Thankfully, you can. And it’s easy.

The simplest methods of cheese-making produce soft cream cheeses, so that’s what I’m showing you today — a simple yogurt cream cheese, jazzed up with pumpkin and spices just in time for holiday festivities.

It’s delectable served over sprouted-whole grain toast, or it can be served as a dip with apples.

YUM. Now let’s make some cheese!


This recipe is cross-posted over at www.cheeseslave.com. If you haven’t been to Anne-Marie’s site yet, go check it out!

You’ll need:
1 quart of plain yogurt (where to find yogurt & starter cultures)
1/2 C pumpkin puree
3 T. unrefined sugar (sucanat) (where to buy sucanat)
2 T. raw honey (where to buy raw honey)
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. ginger
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. allspice
(where to find bulk, organic spices)
1 bowl, an elastic rubber band, and a sanitized (as in never used!) dish towel, handkerchief, or thin cloth diaper

You begin with a mixing bowl.

You begin with a mixing bowl.

Drape a towel over it (cheesecloth or cloth diapers work, too), and attache around the edges of the bowl with an elastic rubber band.

Drape a towel over it (cheesecloth, handkerchiefs, or cloth diapers work, too), and attach around the edges of the bowl with an elastic rubber band.

Now, pour that quart of yogurt into the towel and let it drip into the bowl.

Now, pour that quart of yogurt into the towel and let it drip into the bowl.

Once the dripping slows, string up the towel to let the whey continue to drip. Leave it until it stops dripping. The time will vary based on the weave of your towel.

Once the dripping slows, string up the towel to let the whey continue to drip. Leave it until it stops dripping. The time will vary based on the weave of your towel.

Youll be collecting whey. Dont throw this liquid gold out! It has SO MANY uses in traditional food preparation techniques. Put it in a jar in your fridge to use later.

You'll be collecting whey. Don't throw this liquid gold out! It has SO MANY uses in traditional food preparation techniques. Put it in a jar in your fridge to use later.

Youve done it! When the towel stops dripping, whats inside is about 8oz. of yogurt cream cheese.

You've done it! When the towel stops dripping, what's inside is about 8oz. of yogurt cream cheese.

Now, add in your pumpkin and spices.

Now, add in your pumpkin and spices.

Blend together, and youre done!

Blend together, and you're done!

Spread on toast with raisins, and its ambrosial.

Spread on toast with raisins, and it's ambrosial.

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14 Responses to Easy Pumpkin Spice Yogurt Cream Cheese
  1. skinnygirl
    December 17, 2008 | 10:21 am

    Wow, this looks fantastic! And REALLY easy. AND I have all the ingredients already. I will try this today. Thanks.

  2. KristenM
    December 17, 2008 | 12:04 pm

    Let me know how it turns out!

  3. Shannon
    December 17, 2008 | 12:36 pm

    Found your site through Ann Marie. I will be coming back. Great blog!

  4. Son of Grok
    March 23, 2009 | 12:03 pm

    Awesome! And so easy. What are some estimate times for how long it needs to drain? i know you said it varies but are we talking minutes… hours… days?

    The SoG

    Son of Grok

  5. KristenM
    March 23, 2009 | 1:16 pm

    Hi SoG — Generally it takes hours. The most it would take is dripping overnight. It just depends on how thick your towel/cheesecloth is.

  6. gayle
    November 9, 2010 | 6:35 pm

    hi, I’m wondering if you could use greek yogurt (like fage) for this recipe or if only regular yogurt is the way to go?

    • KristenM
      November 9, 2010 | 6:40 pm

      Gayle — If you use Greek yogurt, you don’t need to drain it (it’s already drained). So, just skip right to the step where you add the yumminess.

  7. Suzanne
    December 17, 2010 | 7:54 pm

    In fact, Fage tastes richer and thicker and stays like that longer but it’s not organic. It’s up to you to decided if that’s important.

    You can also just put the yogurt in a paper coffee filter in a bowl or big measuring cup. I don’t always cover it. The longer it drains, the thicker it gets.

  8. Connie
    January 16, 2011 | 11:57 am

    While it is draining, is it left out on the counter or the refrigerator?

  9. Crissi
    March 2, 2011 | 9:22 pm

    Accidently bought StonyFields French Vanilla whole milk yogurt this week – so I used that and skipped the sugar. The pumpkin we had in the freezer from the garden this fall. DELICIOUS!!! My two year old ate 3 tablespoons for dessert!

  10. Kristina
    November 18, 2011 | 3:01 am

    Just a “by the way”, I just finished up my pumpkin cream cheese from Trader Joe’s, it’s so good with apple slices. Your recipe is probably very similar. I think I will try! Thanks!

  11. Frederica Huxley
    February 2, 2012 | 5:01 pm

    I make all my cream cheese from homemade kefir – it makes a delicious base for many different cheeses.

  12. haniffa
    March 14, 2013 | 12:46 pm

    Hi,
    Can I make whey using plain milk?

  13. Becca G
    April 10, 2013 | 5:59 pm

    Made this today to go on top of our dutch babies,but I used maple syrup instead of the honey. So delicious!

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