Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cheddar "Cheese"

Don't tell anyone.  I'm pretty sure I can be arrested for this here in France.  ;)    It tastes good, looks right, it shreds, but only softens when heated.  I have yet to solve the melty puzzle.

Here is what you will need...

1  1/2 cups water
Agar-agar - 5 packages of 4 g each (or 3 tbsp)
A small saucepan
A whisk
350 g (12 oz) jar of cashew nut puree ("butter", or make your own by blending raw nuts)
1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
Juice of one lemon
1 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp tomato paste
A mixing bowl and spoon
A plastic container and lid to act as a mold

In the saucepan, bring the water and agar-agar to a boil, whisking mixture to blend.  Lower heat and simmer for about 5 minutes until the agar-agar is melted and the mixture is thickened.

Mix this and all the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl.  Pour into the plastic container sprayed with Pam.  Cover and chill until firm.  

Turn out onto a serving plate.  Keep covered with plastic wrap when storing.  Will keep about 5 days in fridge.

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