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!
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
Wow, this looks fantastic! And REALLY easy. AND I have all the ingredients already. I will try this today. Thanks.
Let me know how it turns out!
Found your site through Ann Marie. I will be coming back. Great blog!
Son of Grok says
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?
Son of Grok
Hi SoG — Generally it takes hours. The most it would take is dripping overnight. It just depends on how thick your towel/cheesecloth is.
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?
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.
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.
While it is draining, is it left out on the counter or the refrigerator?
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!
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!
Frederica Huxley says
I make all my cream cheese from homemade kefir – it makes a delicious base for many different cheeses.
Can I make whey using plain milk?
Becca G says
Made this today to go on top of our dutch babies,but I used maple syrup instead of the honey. So delicious!
Kirsty Hammond via Facebook says
lemon thyme, all summer long
Anna Paige via Facebook says
Oh my! THIS is going to be my healthy substitute for pumpkin cheesecake, which I love so much I could eat the whole thing! At least if I ate a whole recipe of this I wouldn’t blow up like a balloon–not that I could eat that much. Way too filling. Yum! Thanks for posting!
Can liquid whey be bought or is it only fromage raw milk or yogurt. Greek yogourt does not hâve qhey on the surface.
Thanks from Lucile (Québec)